10 questions about Mauna Kea whose answers might surprise you
Here are 10 questions and answers that could impact your opinion about whether the TMT project is right for Hawaiʻi.
*This article was originally posted on July 12, 2019 before the arrests on the mauna took place. Since then, conversations have shifted.
Yes. In 1998, 2005, 2014, and 2017 the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) faced critical audits for their mismanagement of Mauna Kea. These violations were so bad that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs successfully defended a motion for dismissal in its lawsuit against UH, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and the State of Hawaiʻi for their collective mismanagement of Mauna Kea. The lawsuit is ongoing. No accountability or oversight measures are in place to ensure that UH will fix its failings. Yet the DLNR and State are placing in UH’s hands the management of TMT, a project bigger than the collective 13 existing telescopes that UH has already demonstrated they cannot manage properly.