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Ige: Looking for way for science, sacred sites to coexist

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Gov. David Ige says he's listening and looking for a way for discovery and sacred sites to coexist at Mauna Kea.

West Hawaii Today reports the governor says he's been doing a lot of listening to get a 360-degree view of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project. Ige says all previous agreements and decisions will be honored.

The governor was speaking Wednesday at a Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Kailua-Kona.

Earlier this week the governor announced a weeklong moratorium on telescope construction in the wake of more than a dozen arrests of protesters preventing construction vehicles from reaching the summit.

Mauna Kea's summit offers astronomers some of the world's best conditions for observing the sky. But many Native Hawaiians say telescopes desecrate a sacred place.

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