By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - A Native Hawaiian nonprofit educational corporation that's supportive of building a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea is asking to participate in a hearing for the project's construction permit.
In a motion filed this week, the group says the telescope will enhance educational opportunities for children. Unlike those who protest the project, group members say the telescope won't diminish their culture.
Native Hawaiians who oppose the project have also asked to participate, along with the nonprofit corporation that wants to build it.
A new contested case hearing is necessary because the state Supreme Court ruled the land board should not have issued a permit before holding a hearing to evaluate a petition challenging the project's approval.
A June 17 hearing in Hilo is scheduled to determine who may participate.