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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Opponents against building a giant telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea have delivered a petition of signatures to the governor's office.

Gov. David Ige last week announced the company building the Thirty Meter Telescope agreed to extend a construction moratorium. Opposition has been mounting since dozens of protesters were arrested at the construction site earlier this month.

On Monday, members of Mauna Kea Hui and Mauna Kea Ohana took a thumb drive they say contains 53,000 signatures to the governor's office. Ige's Chief of Staff Mike McCartney met them with honi, a traditional Hawaiian forehead-to-forehead greeting. They also gave him 600 pages of comments.

McCartney says he'll make sure governor receives them.

Group leader Kealoha Pisciotta says it's an encouraging gesture that McCartney came out to greet them.

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