As operator of the mountain’s astronomy precinct and the entity that subleases the land to TMT for the project, opponents say the university must reconsider its support for the $1.4 billion project.
Kamahana Kealoha said a university that claims to be a Hawaiian place of learning can’t also be the “agent of erasure” of the Hawaiian culture.
“However, as the for-profit facilitator of the Thirty Meter Telescope, this TMT, and all other telescopes on Mauna Kea, the University of Hawaii, you folks, are doing this,” he said. “So you got to do one thing or the other. Either you’re committing ethnocide against our people or you’re a Hawaiian place of learning.”