Video Google Earth model of the proposed TMT and some of the effects of construction (YouTube: APECEpic)

Published on Feb 4, 2015

Hānau ka Mauna a Kea

The Sacred Mauna Kea Fund humbly asks for your assistance:

download to open up in Google Earth the .kmz file in the video @

this is a temporary fast preliminary video of the model . a better slightly more detailed in resolution version may be put up later with full Mauna a Wakea video .

this kmz file works on faster macs

leave boxes unchecked except for the 2 models . let it load first and try not to press placemark before the first mod loads . tour the first mod by tapping on “1. instructions..” expand the sidebar to see rest of words on placemark . it should go to first shot . later press pt 2 when you get to 15.

Google earth can be buggy . again on faster macs it seems to work best however .
Protect Mauna Kea on instagram
Laulani Teale at
Kealoha Kahunaaina Iona at

map @

See Protect Mauna Kea
with further accounts by Pua Case,
Hank Fergustrom
Kealoha Pisciotta
Kealoha Kahunaaina Iona
Laulani Teale
Pono Kealoha
Starr kalahiki
Kuʻuipo Freitas
Reflections of a Hundred-Foot Mirror by Lā K. Ea,
and many others on facebook

Video: Sacred Mountain by Pua Case
Mauna Kea—Temple Under Siege film
Sacred Land Film Project—Mauna Kea

one recent video in studio account of Oct. 7th
Aloha Aina Talk Story
w/ Kamahana Kealoha, Mauna Kea Update

Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone

pics from Laulani Teal,
Santa Cruz Indigenous Network,
Kailana Kahawaluokalani Kepelino Moa-Eli
Starr kalahiki
Kuʻuipo Freitas and
Kahea the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance

Download and share the TMT fact sheet at: or view and share it on Scribd.

Download and share the Mauna Kea fact sheet at: or view and share it on Scribd.

petition and spread the word at:

A completed structural footprint of the TMT would be larger than

the footprint of the Eiffel Tower,

5 acres,

3 football fields

or 217,800 square feet.

The telescope itsself would take up 34,000 square feet.

The support and office building would cover 21,000 square feet.

It would add 3,400 ft of new road.

The construction footprint of the project would disturb over 8 acres.

excavate 64,000 cubic yards of summit area.

The construction is proposed for the northern plateau, some of the last undeveloped area on the summit. The structure would interrupt viewplane to Haleakalā It would be visible from 14% of the island, including Waimea Park, Puʻu Kapu & Wa’awa’a, Honoka’a, & Pu’ukohalā

Current telescopes are visible from 43% of the island.

Telescope operations will create 74 dbA of noise.

Would produce 120-250 cubic feet of solid waste a week.

Would use 5,000 gallon underground tank to store hazardous chemicals

Road would require additional construction on Puʻu Kūkahau’ula.

The Final EIS for the project admits that telescope construction has had a substantial adverse impact on the natural and cultural resources of the conservation district on the summit.

The University Board of Regents and the developers of this project have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars propaganda, assuring us that TMT will have little impact on the summit and that past problems with resource management have been fixed.

Even the illegal and usurpative occupational Government’s law doesn’t allow for the TMT to built. Hawaii Administrative Rules section 13-5 (page 5-21) outlines again eight criteria that must be met before the Board can allow construction in a conservation district, like Mauna Kea.

The most obvious:

4. The proposed land use will not cause substantial adverse impact to existing natural resources within the surrounding area, community, or region;

5. The proposed land use, including buildings, structures and facilities, shall be compatible with the locality and surrounding areas, appropriate to the physical conditions and capabilities of the specific parcel or parcels;

6. The existing physical and environmental aspects of the land, such as natural beauty and open space characteristics, will be preserved or improved upon, whichever is applicable;

The TMT can’t satisfy these criteria. It would multiply industrial land use on Mauna Kea, forever altering the natural beauty and sacred vista of the northern plateau. Construction will impact
fragile habitats of native plants and animals found only on Mauna Kea, with no guarantee of restoration when the lease term ends, in a mere 22 years.

The mountain, and the people, have already suffered forty years of unjust, unlawful industrial development. Mauna Kea is conservation lands, public trust lands, and “ceded” crown lands. Mauna Kea is wahi pana, wao akua, dwelling of Wākea, home of Poli’ahu, and beloved of Līlīnoe.

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