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Message 1747727 - Posted: 8 Dec 2015, 21:04:21 UTC

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Message 1747944 - Posted: 9 Dec 2015, 17:34:59 UTC

From what I read they are only cancelling the permit to build another telescope. It would have been the largest on the volcano. So far the other telescopes will remain in operation.

The reason for the cancellation of the permit is the opposition of native Hawaiians to construction on the volcano as they regard it as a holy site to their pagan religion.
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Message 1748409 - Posted: 11 Dec 2015, 14:32:33 UTC - in response to Message 1747944.  

The reason for the cancellation of the permit is the opposition of native Hawaiians to construction on the volcano as they regard it as a holy site to their pagan religion.
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Message 1748475 - Posted: 11 Dec 2015, 18:59:39 UTC - in response to Message 1748409.  

The reason for the cancellation of the permit is the opposition of native Hawaiians to construction on the volcano as they regard it as a holy site to their pagan religion.
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In this current politically correct society we live in and especially regarding the religious practices of the various native populations the protection of Holy sites tends to take precedence over other factors in the courts. Another case in point was the discovery of the remains of what might be one of the earliest humans to step foot in the Americas. The local native tribe sought and obtained a court order to return the bones to their custody before any scientific analysis was completed. In all likelihood the bones probably belonged to someone that far predated the history of the current tribe.
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Message 1748642 - Posted: 12 Dec 2015, 8:00:35 UTC

The observatory would have been the 14th on the summit, and by far the largest. But from the beginning, there have been a number of issues raised. For one, it was considered sacred land – something akin to their Garden of Eden. During the construction of some of the first telescopes, cultural heritage sites and burial plots of early Hawaiians were destroyed. Then there's the fact that it seems exclusively to serve the astronomy community, rather than the indigenous people, many of whom live in poverty.

There are 13 observatories there already, I would say that the astronomy community have had a pretty fair innings up until now. There are other sites in the world to build observatories and telescopes, but only one Mauna Kea. Sorry, but I'm with the Hawaiians on this one.
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Message 1748921 - Posted: 13 Dec 2015, 16:12:23 UTC - in response to Message 1748409.  

The reason for the cancellation of the permit is the opposition of native Hawaiians to construction on the volcano as they regard it as a holy site to their pagan religion.
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well, when you put it like that...yes, spirituality is more important than science!

but sometimes both sides are "blindsided"! ;)

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