HILO, Hawaii – Kealoha Pisciotta and Keomailani Von Gogh of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou and Deborah Ward, all part of the Mauna Kea Hui of petitioners who successfully appealed the state land board decision to grant a conservation district use permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, speak in Hilo following the news of the Supreme Court’s decision to vacate the $1.4 billion observatory’s permit.
The University of Hawaiʻi released an official statement saying:
“The University of Hawaiʻi continues to believe that Maunakea is a precious resource where science and culture can synergistically coexist, now and into the future, and remains strongly in support of the Thirty Meter Telescope. UH is currently reviewing the court’s decision to determine the best path forward.”University of Hawaii
The Thirty Meter Telescope issued this statement, via Henry Yang, Chair TMT International Observatory Board of Directors:
“We thank the Hawaii Supreme Court for the timely ruling and we respect their decision. TMT will follow the process set forth by the state, as we always have. We are assessing our next steps on the way forward. We appreciate and thank the people of Hawaii and our supporters from these last eight-plus years.”Henry Yang, TMT