UH Maui chancellor says he is 'neutral' about Maui telescope

UH Maui chancellor says he is 'neutral' about Maui telescope

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - The chancellor of University of Hawaii Maui College says he is grateful for the grant funding the school receives from construction of a controversial solar telescope, but that overall he is neutral on the issue.

Last week, eight people were arrested during a protest against the construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which opponents say is being built on sacred ground.

The Maui News reports that Chancellor Lui Hokoana, a Native Hawaiian, said last week that he is realistic about the issue, and many jobs are being created by the telescope.

The college has received $2 million per year for Native Hawaiian students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics or Hawaiian Studies as part of a mitigation plan from the telescope's developers.

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