Sometimes people just want to protect their cultural heritage, and that’s what happened here with a victory that’s allowed those against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope to get the Hawaiian Supreme Court to skip the Intermediate Court of Appeals and go directly to the highest state of the court.
Despite the permit given to the University of Hawaii to build their $1.4 billion telescope, there have been many people against its construction on the Summit of Mauna Kea, citing that the spot is a conservation district. News of the appeals success had the opposition in cheers “This is good news and recognizes the importance of our case for all of Hawaii,” said Kealoha Pisciotta.
The people moving for the appeal are Deborah J. Ward, Clarence Ku Ching, the Flores-Case Ohana (E. Kalani Flores and Pua Case), Paul Neves and KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance. (Ward is no relation to Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the Board and Department of Land and Natural Resources.)
According to Honolulu attorney Doug Ing of Watanabe Ing LLC speaking for the TMT: “We do not expect that the transfer of the appeal to the Supreme Court will change the anticipated outcome. We remain confident that the court will uphold the previous ruling that the Conservation District Use Permit granted for TMT is consistent with Hawaii law.”