Mauna Kea and Thirty Meter Telescope to be discussed in public forums


The Hilo-Hamakua Community Development Corporation is presenting a series of four events for the Hawaii Island community about Mauna Kea and the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Board member Judi Steinman said that “all points of view will be presented as an education to hear all sides and for people to formulate their own opinion. We’ve met with the cultural practitioners who will be speaking at the events, and they’re embracing the opportunity to learn more from one another.”

She said one of the districts the Hilo-Hamakua Community Development Corporation represents “is the entire northeast foothill of Mauna Kea. … With all the controversy, misinformation and miscommunication that has surrounded this issue, we thought it was important to talk with each other instead of at each other.”

The current schedule and list of speakers are as follows:Tuesday, May 19

LOCATION: Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria

SPEAKERS: Lanakila – Cultural Perspective

Paul Coleman – Science

Stephanie Nagata – Office of Mauna Kea Management ProcessWednesday, May 27

LOCATION: Kulaimano Community Center, Pepe`ekeo

SPEAKERS: Paul Neves – Cultural and Historical Perspective

Sandra Dawson – Thirty Meter Telescope Process

Peter Adler – Sacred SpacesTuesday, June 2

LOCATION: Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria

SPEAKERS: Hualalai Keohuloa – Cultural Perspective

Wallace Ishibashi- Security and Safety at Cultural Sites

Paul Brewbaker- EconomyTuesday, June 9

LOCATION: Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Cafeteria

SPEAKERS: Richard Ha – Hawai`i Island’s Future

Art Kimura – Robotics

Jesse Eiben – Entomologist

Doug Simons – Observatory Science

All events will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

The HHCDC President is Donna Johnson ( or 895-1907). Board members include Steinman, Colleen Aina, Glenn Carvalho, Gerald DeMello, Richard Ha, Jason Moniz and Eric Weinert.

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