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David Yee

Final oral arguments in the contested case hearing for the Thirty-Meter Telescope land use permit will be heard today in Hilo. Parties to the contested case will make their case before the state Board of Land and Natural Resources. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi tells us what we can expect.

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Wikimedia Commons

Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate remains at its lowest level in a decade—2.7 percent. But if you’re looking for a new job, and your background is in astronomy, you may be interested in a million-dollar opportunity in China. But there’s a catch. Or several of them. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

In addition to looking for planets, we hear about a Mauna Kea summit discovery of cosmic birth taking place thirteen-hundred light years from Earth as HPR All Things Considered host Dave Lawrence with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer.          

Learn more about this recent discovery at the Mauna Kea summit.            

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    Last April, social media buzzed as sign wavings for Mauna Kea “protectors” were held as far away as Kentucky and Tonga. With that first wave of publicity over, the “protectors” both on Mauna Kea and Haleakalā now say there's a guiding principal that keeps them going.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Kapu Aloha. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  Two of Hawai‘i’s celebrated mountains, Mauna Kea and Haleakalā, remain in the crosshairs of a battle that appears to pit preservation of culture against pursuit of science.  In both cases, the state and counties are being called upon to enforce state land board decisions, while challenges to those decisions are before the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a look at Haleakalā, the issues and the mountain.

Noe Tanigawa

 

  

The very first telescope on Haleakalā was completed in 1958, and used for satellite tracking.  Three years later, 18 acres of ceded land at the summit were set aside for astronomy, becoming the Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory Site with the University of Hawai‘i as owner/manager.  Currently there are ten facilities on the mountain and another, a cutting edge solar telescope, is underway.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the controversy over its construction.

 

    

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astropixels.com

The University of Hawaii Astronomy program has picked up a new telescope.

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www.tmt.org

The UH Board of Regents recently approved a sublease for the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this advances the project but does not clear the way for construction to begin.

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