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Ige says telescope-construction timeout extended

Gov. David Ige Gov. David Ige

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige says a nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's largest telescopes atop a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will maintain a moratorium on construction for another week.

Ige says in a statement Saturday that the Thirty Meter Telescope has informed him it will postpone construction at Mauna Kea until April 20.

The governor thanked the company for its willingness to be respectful and sensitive to all of Hawaii.

The governor issued his statement from the town of Hilo, near Mauna Kea. Spokeswoman Jodi Leong says he flew to Hilo on Saturday to attend the Merrie Monarch Festival, the state's biggest hula competition.

Ige initially announced a timeout on construction on Tuesday after law enforcement arrested more than 30 protesters opposing the project.

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