Demonstrators rally in support of Thirty Meter Telescope ahead of Hilo hearing

Demonstrators rally in support of Thirty Meter Telescope
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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 80 demonstrators waved signs in support of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hilo on Thursday.

This comes just a day before DLNR is scheduled to hold a hearing in Hilo to decide whether or not to allow the telescope to be built atop Mauna Kea, land Native Hawaiians deem sacred.

"We really want to show how much support there is in the community for tmt," said Kirstin Kahaloa, Executive Director of the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce. "You know, I think the public often sees the controversial aspects and you know we want to show that tmt is about local jobs for local people."

Everybody should support the thirty meter telescope," Kahaloa added. "Native Hawaiians like myself and anyone because of the positive impact it will make on the community."

The hearing starts on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hilo State office building.

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