[ View the story "Science on sacred land at Mauna Kea" on Storify] Science on sacred land at Mauna Kea As scientists cement plans to build a giant telescope in Hawaii, protesters are fighting to protect their indigenous culture.
The Stream· Mon, Jun 08 2015 17:12:38
have stood guard at the base of Hawaii's Mount Mauna Kea since March to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The $1.4 billion project
to observe objects in space that date back more than 13 billion years, giving astronomers a glimpse of the universe shortly after the "
The TMT will be the
atop Mauna Kea, the result of a
of institutions in the US, Canada, Japan, China, and India. As the
land in Hawaiian religious tradition, the mountain has been the site of a fierce debate between
looking to preserve their culture and
who hope to explore the cosmos. Hawaiian Governor David Ige has attempted to ease tensions by asking the University of Hawaii to
many of the telescopes already operating on Mauna Kea.
"In many ways, we have failed the mountain. Whether you see it from a cultural perspective or from a natural resource perspective, we have not done right by a very special place and we must act immediately to change that," said Gov. Ige.kitv.com
In April, 12 anti-TMT demonstrators were
after setting up a roadblock to prevent the transport of construction equipment to Mauna Kea's summit. They are among more than 30 who have been detained for their activism.
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Protesters argue the TMT project represents the
colonisation of the island, the latest encroachment by Western powers onto Hawaiian land and culture.
@AJStream @Nehiyahskwew always have to take the sacred lands.. Can't keep anything natural and beautiful.strong enough
Libertarian activist and Maui-resident Bronson Kaahui
such claims, suggesting his ancestors welcomed change and would not have opposed TMT's construction.
Some have claimed that I am not Hawaiian because I do not support their ahistorical, ad hoc interpretations of Hawaiian culture. Some have even threatened me with death for daring to speak out against their religion, in true kapu fashion. Others claim that I am “out of touch” with Hawaiian culture, and should “consult my kupuna.” I have, and my kupuna taught me to think independently, logically, and never to blindly follow the crowd.bronsonkaahui.com
Try read your own sign Shameful U can't hike but u can dynamite more land. For your 18 story telescope. How deep is that foundation????prideofgypsies
The Stream asked its community if it's possible to advance scientific exploration while respecting indigenous cultures.
@AJStream scientific advancement. Sacred land is a myth if based on religion as god(s) don't exist, but environ must not be destroyed.Nurswan
@AJStream love astronomy, support building of telescopes BUT must be done w/ support & involvement of local indigenous.Emma Apple
@AJStream The Universe is a part of God's creation, untouched by man. Siting of Telescopes makes Mauna Kea even more sacred!A Patriot Astronomer
@AJStream These telescopes unite the sky with the Earth and with mankind.A Patriot Astronomer