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Site visit held for planned site of telescope on Mauna Kea

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The parties involved in the case of the giant telescope that could be built atop Mauna Kea toured the summit to observe potential impacts of the $1.4 billion project.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the Monday site visit took place ahead of an Oct. 11 hearing, which will be the second contested hearing related to the Thirty Meter Telescope. There are about two dozen parties involved in the case.

Those against the project say it will desecrate land sacred to Native Hawaiians, while supporters argue that astronomy is an important part of Hawaiian culture.

People from both sides of the issue said Monday's site visit went smoothly.

Construction of the telescope was halted last year after several protests on Mauna Kea and the state Supreme Court invalidated the project's permit.

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