Thirty-Meter Telescope


The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed astronomical observatory that has become a source of controversy over its planned location on Mauna Kea in Hawai‘i. Construction of the TMT on land which is considered sacred to Native Hawaiian culture and religion attracted international coverage after October, 2014, when construction was temporarily halted as a result of protests. While construction of the telescope was set to resume on April 2 and later on June 24, 2015, it was blocked by further protests each time. The protests became a flash point for the issues of indigenous self-determination, environmental stewardship and Hawaiian sovereignty.

While the project was approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources, the State Supreme Court of Hawai‘i invalidated the TMT building permits in December, 2015, ruling that due process was not followed when the board approved the permits. Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands, in Spain, may be the alternative site if construction cannot go forward in Hawai‘i.

Amnesty International calls for TMT moratorium

Not a good look for the Ige administration Read More »

How the TMT reproduces sexual violence
  • Essay

What do rapists like Brock Turner or Harvey Weinstein have to do with the Thirty-Meter Telescope? They are deeply intertwined. Read More »

Tyler Greenhill
How Lanakila Mangauil came to Mauna Kea
  • Feature

The first installment of a three-part profile of Joshua Lanakila Mangauil, based on interviews conducted over several weeks. Read More »

Ka'iulani Milham
Science, time, and Mauna a Wākea: part two
  • Essay

How science and time are each used as tools to promote Western notions of progress like the TMT, while suppressing indigenous viewpoints and concealing a history of capitalist-colonialist violence. Read More »

David Maile
Science, time and Mauna a Wākea: the Thirty-Meter Telescope’s capitalist-colonialist violence
  • Essay

The ‪TMT‬ is, in fact, a part of a legacy of colonial-capitalist violence committed against Hawaii and Hawaiians, regardless of its scientific merit. Read More »

David Maile
Restricting access to Mauna Kea is a First Amendment violation

The TMT project breaks ground next Tuesday, and protesters are concerned they won't be able to demonstrate because Hawaiʻi County Police has recommended that UH close off access to Mauna Kea during the ceremony. Read More »

Will Caron
BLNR rules on Mauna Kea Telescope

The governing body for the Department of Land and Natural Resources approved the proposed sublease, despite ongoing contestation. Read More »

Ikaika Ramones
Students rally against censorship of Mauna Kea message
“Please don’t build your telescope on Mauna Kea, Mr. Moore”
Ikaika M Hussey
UH Board of Regents approve Thirty Meter Telescope project
The University of Hawaii pays the State $1 per year for use of the 13,320 acres of public lands atop Mauna Kea.
Telescope hearings begin October 6
  • Announcement
Ikaika M Hussey
First Light Far Off, if Ever
  • Feature

Telescopes on Hold for Mauna Kea Management Plan Read More »

Alan McNarie