HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A new initiative intended to change the conversation around the proposed construction of the largest observatory on Mauna Kea is underway, with supporters hoping it will reduce the ongoing tension that has surrounded the disputed Thirty Meter Telescope.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the nonprofit Friends of the Future is leading the EnVision Maunakea initiative. Susan Maddox is in charge of the project that seeks to document residents' vision for the mountain through a series of meetings around the Big Island. Dates haven't yet been set.
Maddox told the Office of Mauna Kea Management Board Wednesday the goal of the meetings is just to hear what the public has to say.
Board member Doug Simons supported the initiative, saying the board feels strongly that "the conversation needs to happen."