Editorial: TMT offers knowledge for next generation of Hawaiians

| May 27, 2015 | 4 Comments

This artistic rendering shows what a thirty meter telescope would look like on top of Mauna Kea.

This artistic rendering shows what a thirty meter telescope would look like on top of Mauna Kea.


By Kaohu Paleka

I’ve been hearing a lot about the arguments going on around Mauna Kea and the construction of a Thirty Meter Telescope. Personally, I think the locals are exaggerating the impact of the telescope that the University of Hawaii is planning to put on the mountain.

I read an interesting article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser written by a young women named Alexis Acohido. She brought up some good points that I think would change people’s view of the TMT. She spoke about how the TMT will be committed to supporting Hawaii’s next generation of STEM students.

As a graduating high school senior, I think the TMT is great. The next generation is what everyone should be fighting for, not the past. TMT also helps to sponsor Akamai Workforce which helps college students with internships at observatories and at other companies around Hawaii.

I just don’t see how building a telescope would ruin the world. Look at it this way: TMT has already helped support Hawaii’s youth, and now they are looking to help the future. I think the people of Hawaii should just face the facts and realize that the world is changing. I know, being a Hawaiian myself that change is hard to accept, and believe me, I know just how stubborn our race can be, once we put our minds to something then there’s no giving up.

I also read another article by Jonathan Osorio, Shelley Muneoka and Candace Fujikane. These people brought up some good arguments like, “Why should 30 meters be sufficient when three or 12 were not.” What these authors are asking is, why build another telescope when there are already several smaller ones on Mauna Kea?

They believe that TMT will destroy the sacred land that rests on Mauna Kea, but let me just say that it’s time to move on, Hawaii will still be Hawaii, telescope or no telescope. The critics think that if TMT continues to build then eventually they will want to build an even bigger telescope on the mountain. This proves my point even more, it shows that these people are so scared of change that they are willing to sacrifice knowledge for thousands of Hawaiian children to satisfy their desire to preserve the past.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that our past in Hawaii is very important but so is the future.

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  1. sam monet says:

    I agree with Kaohu. A part Hawaiian, in the 1950’s I spent summers hunting sheep, goats and wild cattle on Mauna Kea with my tutuman. We used horses. I never saw any other Hawaiians up there. My understanding is that Mauna Kea was an adz site and nothing more. In the 1970’s I rode my motorcycle on the mountain, met Phil Crumb one of the scientists on the first project. He let me see Saturn through the first scope, it was amazing. In the 1980’s I skied on Mauna Kea during the winters. Never saw any other Hawaiians up there doing anything. We need to use science, including DNA of our iwi and let the past go. This is an amazing planet in a huge universe. Let us use our minds and incredible machines (space and other telescopes) to expand our horizons.

    • kalaniua ritte says:

      cuz already get 12 telescopes up there nuff already….but eh if you want it then you gotta put time in…me i dont want it,so igoing put my time in so the thing doesnt get built

      • Kaohu says:

        You Are Absolutely right, You See I Agree There Are Too Many Telescopes UP There and we don’t really need more than one, SO I Was THINKING It Wouldn’t Hurt To Take Down Some Of The Older Ones And Recycle Them For Parts To build The New ones, It’s Called A Give And Take My friend, The Hawaiians want their land back, so take away several smaller ones to make room for the bigger one.

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