HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Officials are holding off on decommissioning Hoku Kea, the University of Hawaii at Hilo's broken teaching telescope on Mauna Kea.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/28Vc4gX) a group of Native Hawaiians who support the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope expressed concern about lost educational opportunities.
Office of Mauna Kea Management board members want input from the public and governor's office.
Gov. David Ige decided three telescopes would be removed after protests stalled TMT construction on a mountain considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians.
Faculty members have said lawmakers will not remove funding allocated for Hoku Kea's replacement if the new telescope is installed elsewhere.
Hoku Kea director Pierre Martin says new equipment arriving in July will likely stay on the university's Hilo campus as the search continues for an alternative site.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/