HONOLULU The cost to build a giant telescope thats unpopular among many Native Hawaiians is now estimated to have ballooned by a billion dollars.
HONOLULU Japan suspended its yearly funding for the Thirty Meter Telescope, citing an ongoing stalemate over its construction.
Protesters in opposition to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea presented a letter to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu urging the Japanese government to cease its involvement in the project.
Jurisdictional issues over Maunakea access road and who has authority to police it were at the forefront Friday, during several hours of testimony to the county Board of Ethics.
Two telescopes on Maunakea scheduled for decommissioning are expected to be removed from the summit by 2023.
Saturday marks the end of a temporary promise by the Thirty Meter Telescope to not attempt construction on Maunakea, but it is still unclear what, if anything, will happen in the coming weeks.
HONOLULU As Hawaii Countys mayor seeks to delay construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for two months or longer, state lawmakers have approved cuts in law enforcement operations to deal with events such as the demonstrations that blocked access to the telescope.
The current truce between the Thirty Meter Telescope and its opponents might be extended by another two months at the request of Mayor Harry Kim.
A Native Hawaiian advocacy group has sued the state for its management of the land around the Maunakea Access Road.
A lawsuit was filed Thursday against the state contending that several state departments have violated their duties by using the Maunakea Access Road without the consent of native Hawaiians.
HONOLULU A panel of lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution calling for the governor to convene a Native Hawaiian reconciliation commission, a step that comes after protests blocking the construction of one of the worlds largest telescopes.
A bill introduced in the state Legislature would give counties the authority to charge a developer for up to half of law enforcement costs related to a project.
More than a month after the Hawaii County Council rejected a $10 million deal with the state to reimburse police costs related to the standoff at Maunakea Access Road, a new agreement has still not been finalized.
HILO One of the six partners involved in the Thirty Meter Telescope project no longer wants the telescope to be built on Maunakea, according to news reports.
HONOLULU As 2020 dawns on Maunakea, the fate of the Thirty Meter Telescope seems less certain now than it did a decade ago when the billion-dollar-plus project was first proposed.