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Office of Hawaiian Affairs rescinds telescope support

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is rescinding support of building one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea.

But the vote by board of trustees Thursday was only to rescind their 2009 stance and not to outright oppose the project.

The $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope is facing opposition from those who say building it on Mauna Kea would desecrate sacred land.

Public opposition has been mounting since dozens of protesters blocking the construction site were recently arrested. The company building the telescope agreed to extend a construction moratorium.

It's unclear how OHA's position could affect the project. Representatives for the telescope didn't immediately comment on the vote.

The board voted even though there were still some 40 people waiting to testify in support or opposition.

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