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Aloha ʻĀina: Mauna Kea (Thirty Meter Telescope)

Current land and water issues in Hawaiʻi with focus on ʻEwa and Waiʻanae moku

TMT on Mauna Kea

This guide is not comprehensive but a starting point for those researching the issue of telescopes on Mauna Kea. For much more detailed resource guides, check out the LibGuides created by Kapiʻolani CC's Lama Library and UH Maui College Library.

SUMMARY: The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory was slated to begin construction in July 2019. Community members and activists, commonly known as kiaʻi, oppose the project for various reasons including the cultural significance of this mauna and the continual desecration of land. Kiaʻi have been occupying the access road since July 15, 2019. As of July 2020, the issue is ongoing though TMT construction and law enforcement on the mauna have been suspended.


Books and media from the library catalog

Recommended databases from UHWO Library

Access to these databases are limited to UH West Oʻahu students, faculty, and staff.

Please remember that because events at Mauna Kea are still happening, you may not find "scholarly" or peer-reviewed articles related to this topic.

News articles

Telescopes on Mauna Kea has been a long-standing issue in the community and battles have been going on for 40+ years. For the purpose of this LibGuide and because so many events have taken place in the past few months, news articles below are focused on major developments starting in July 2019.