My Turn: Protest example how we should live

Last Saturday, as a white man, I went to Maunakea City. A small private company, Mauna Kea Adventures, donated their bus and gas to transport folks from Mooheau, the airport then to Puu Huluhulu. Our driver donated his time. The bus was free.

My Turn: Maunakea about history of broken promises

Trust is hard won and easily tarnished. Hawaii’s state government has a history of breaking promises and acting despotically. The battle over Maunakea is a battle that extends far beyond a telescope. The lands are ceded lands. These lands were taken from the Hawaiian people to be held in trust by the State of Hawaii and were to only be used for:

My Turn: Don’t let ideologues thrive on division

When Hawaiian Royalty adopted Christianity, the significance of Maunakea was reduced to a cultural icon. The ecosystems of Mauna Kea are important and protected according to 10 years of litigation. So, now science is stopped by a cultural icon under the pretense of its religious significance. Herein is a serious problem for Hawaii’s population.

My Turn: Compromise for a Maunakea win-win

The Big Island is a community of approximately 200,983 men, women, and children of multiple ethnicities. It is important that all people are respected for their diverse roles and ideas to live peacefully and purposefully in this island community.

TMT — A stargazer’s personal view

When I moved here, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) was the biggest telescope on the mountain. At a smaller NASA observatory, I watched my astronomer friends Bill Hartmann and Eleanor Helin as they observed planets and searched for asteroids (“Glo” Helin later named one of her discovered asteroids after me!). I myself observed supernova 1987A through a small telescope on another trip to the summit.