“Upon careful consideration of the written submissions, the applicable law, and the oral arguments, and for the reasons explained below, we now affirm the BLNR’s [Board of Land and Natural Resources] decision authorizing issuance of a Conservation District Use Permit (“CDUP”) for the Thirty Meter Telescope (“TMT”),” the Court said in its statement.
Mauna Kea is a highly prized location to view the cosmos, with its high altitude and thin atmosphere affording a clear view of the universe. But the case highlights the tensions in building in remote locations such as this, despite a majority of Hawaiians approving its construction.
The battle might not be over yet, though. According to the Associated Press, opponents plan to try and halt construction with “non-violent protests”. One Native Hawaiian, Kahookahi Kanuha, said protestors would return to the site, with the message “hoomakaukau,” or, get ready.