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Monday, April 13, 2015

"Mauna Kea and the world's largest telescope..." 'Kimo's world #67' (Please comment!)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired Professional photographer
 and publisher. Rosen lives on the  beautiful Garden Island of Kaua'i 
with his best friend Obama Da Dog. 
Rosen also posts the Sunrise daily on his Facebook Timeline.
This blog also appeared as a opinion article in the 04-14-15 edition of The garden Island Newspaper;

 Kimo's world,#67

Mauna Kea and the world's largest telescope

The land in Hawaii is all sacred. How do we as society ages decide which land is more sacred?

The roads in Wailua near the bridge are all sacred, does this mean we should not drive there? Imagine no traffic, that would be nice, but not a reality.

This meme was used on
Social media to promote this blog.

The title was changed to
Mauna Kea and the world's largest telescope.
Political activists and many people not only in Hawaii but all over the world have been holding vigils and demonstrations objecting to what authorities are calling the world's largest telescope to ever be  erected on top of the 13,796 ft Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii's Big island.

 The protesters believe the mountain is sacred and that the 180 foot telescope threatens sacred shrines, burials and the islands water supply?  

This is  somewhat paradoxical  since the mountain already hosts 13 other telescopes. Activists are saying that 14 was just the breaking point .

Scientists say,"the location is ideal because of its dark skies, good astronomical seeing, low humidity and position above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere, clean air, good weather and almost equatorial location."

Right when you think there is no more our islands can say no to, a thirty meter telescope comes into play.

No ferries, no dairies, no GMO's, no gluten, no plastic bags, no new roads, no Walmart super center, no smart meters, no barbecues and now the icing on the cake, no telescopes.

You know what's so ironic about the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) protests? It's being broadcast and shared around the world via social media and broadcast news in part to the research gathered by high tech telescopes!

Stay tuned to what's next on the list of A’ole,(NO!)

My dream is no traffic, no hurricanes and no more racism. 

This blog also appeared as a opinion article in the 04-14-15 edition of The garden Island Newspaper;
This meme was used on Facebook  to
promote this blog!  ;-)

Check out a great blog on the same subject form the Farmers daughter (Joni Kamiya Rose)
"Hawaii is Not the A’ole State”

Read what the Huffington Post has to say!


KHON news in Honolulu has some great coverage too;

Hawaii News Now, UH system wide walkout planned;

KHON, The latest news as of 04-13-15-UH says TMT will be last project, plans to decommission telescopes

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Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Please Bettejo,I am waiting for your comments & rebuttal on this subject :-DHawaiians lost their religious & culture heritage when they permitted the Christian religions to land here dominate the islands with their religions,now who has the true religion? money talk or who has the bigger guns. Native Hawaiians,retake your culture heritage before the missionaries polluted this land. must you pay cash or by checks to enter the kingdom of heaven ?


Rick Comstock said...

Activists continue to work at swaying public opinion with off island support. Then they kick them in the teeth. "Go back where you from and take your haola ideas with yaz" Hypocrites, Opportunists and why now during the addition of the 14th telescope..... Sorry maybe a job would give foundation to your being. You all make good crosswalk guards.

Sam Uel Clemens said...

Does anyone have the link to this blog that Richard Ha quoted in this blog post?

Anonymous said...

Joni Kamiya-Rose would most likely have it. Did you see her blog on the TMT? http://hawaiifarmersdaughter.com/2015/04/09/hawaii-is-not-the-aole-state/

Sam Uel Clemens said...

Yes, I saw that one, but can't find the Heather Kaluna one.

Anonymous said...

Sam,did you ever hear of Google?

KimoRosen said...

Bing? Yahoo? Dogpile? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogpile

KimoRosen said...

I just sent a friend request to Richard Ha, I hope he accepts my friend request and adds a comment...

Anonymous said...


Here's what KHON has to say as of 04-13-15

Big promises from the University of Hawaii over the Thirty Meter Telescope, which started construction atop Mauna Kea then stalled amidst mounting concerns with the project.

The university, which manages observatory activity on the mountain, says this will be the last project for the area.

In the years to come, the university also plans to shut down, or decommission, some of the 13 observatories already on the mountain.

“This is the last new site that will be developed,” said Gunther Hasinger, director of the university’s Institute of Astronomy. “We have made a promise that in the long run, there will be fewer telescopes on the mountain, so we will see some of them go away.”

In the past, all the state got from the telescopes now on Mauna Kea was free access to viewing time. The state collected no money, not even rent.

“But for us, that is not the central point,” said Hasinger. “It is the creation of knowledge.”

That will not be the case with the Thirty Meter Telescope.

According to the lease rent schedule, the project last year cut the first check to the state, $300,000, with most of the money going to help
manage the conservation land where the telescope will sit on Mauna Kea. Some of the money will also go to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

The rent will eventually climb to $1 million a year.

The project also promises to donate $1 million to schools and non-profits on the Big Island to promote the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program (STEM).

Another $1 million a year will go to a workforce training program for those interested in a job either with the Thirty Meter Telescope or a career in science.

Sandra Dawson, the project’s community affairs manager, told KHON2 she was saddened and disappointed by the protests over the project.

Dawson said project developers spent seven years listening to the community before going out for construction last month.

“We have been out in the community,” said Dawson. “I want people to understand that this is not somebody bullying to get our way. We’ve been
through the process very carefully and very respectfully.”

Hasinger told KHON2 the TMT will have no impact on the water supply and addressed the worry over the way the project will go about building the foundation.

The telescope structure will stand 16 stories high with an additional two stories underground.

“No, there will be no dynamite used there,” said Hasinger. “There will be grading with big machines, but there will be no dynamite for the construction.”

Last Saturday, Gov. David Ige announced TMT’s decision to extend the moratorium on construction until April 20.

Anonymous said...


UH system-wide walkout planned in protest of Thirty Meter Telescope project

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Thirty Meter Telescope officials just launched a new website in support of the project. Opponents, however, continue to put pressure on University of Hawaii leaders. The call for a walkout at all 10 campuses on Monday came from the Pukoa Council, the Native Hawaiian group that advises the UH system. A group of UH Manoa students in a Hawaiian language class left early to head to a rally at Campus Center.

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"We were actually supposed to have an exam, but she canceled it. So we're all happy to do the walkout and support it," said freshman Tumua Tuinei. "I just know that it's something that we believe in and I'm just here to support the Hawaiian culture.

A few hundred people gathered to learn more about the Thirty Meter Telescope construction. Some signed petitions to demonstrate their opposition, but one student held a sign showing his support for the $1.4 billion project.

"I believe this is important for science education and I feel like we need to move forward as a society," said graduate student Makena Dyer. "I don't think it's going to have very much environmental impact."

Opponents are delivering a letter to TMT partners asking them to steer clear of the project. The Pukoa Council also sent a letter of opposition to UH President David Lassner and the Board of Regents.

"Why does it have to be on this island, Hawaii Island? Why can't it be somewhere else in America or somewhere else in the world?" questioned Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, a member of the council.

Critics wonder why construction is moving forward with court challenges pending. Attorney Doug Ing issued the following statement on behalf of TMT:

"We fully expect the appeals court to uphold Judge Nakamura's previous ruling that TMT is consistent with the purpose of the Conservation District Use Permit at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Additionally, we are confident that the courts will also rule in favor of TMT in any appeal of the Board of Land and Natural Resources' consent to the sub-lease. All court decisions made support TMT's full compliance in order to proceed with construction."

TMT officials said they launched the new website with answers to frequently asked questions to correct misinformation circulating through social media.

"I would love to see TMT be built and for Hawaii to be a part of discoveries that could change the way we view our place in the entire universe," said Roy Gal of the UH Institute for Astronomy.

Construction on the world's largest telescope is now on hold until at least April 20.

JoAnne Georgi said...

Mauna Kea is over 13,700 feet tall (NOT 9,000 as suggested in the commentary!

Anonymous said...

the visitor information center is at 9,000 ft. altitude/ http://www.frommers.com/destinations/hawaii-the-big-island/793924

KimoRosen said...

JoAnne Georgi, Mahalo correction made!

KimoRosen said...

Joanne, I believe 9,000 ft. is where the telescope would be erected...

Anonymous said...

You have my interest now. I will be reading more!

Melvin Stern said...

Via Facebook and Garden Island news LTE;