Members of the Honolulu CC community will have an opportunity to learn more about the Mauna Kea telescope controversy this week.
Kūlana Hawaʻi and Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center have scheduled two forums so that faculty, staff, and students can hear both sides of the issue and make up their own minds.
Hawaiians have been protesting for several months the plans to build the large, Ten Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island, which some consider to be sacred. Supporters say the telescope is an important scientific and economic project that will help Hawaii in the future.
The first forum will be from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. In it faculty, staff and students will share their perspective on the importance of preserving the mountain and keeping the telescope from being built. The goal of this forum is to help people better understand the concept of aloha aina.
The second forum will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 11. It will feature Dr. Gordon Squires who will be speaking on behalf of the telescope project. The goal of this presentation is to give everyone more information about the telescope project.
Since the telescope project and the protests are controversial subjects, organizers are asking that all attendees and both forums come with an open mind and heart