March 30, 2016
We thought you would enjoy this thought provoking and relevant quote from the late Senator Dan Inouye. It appears in a published document titled, "Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center, Series 1, A Prelude to Interpretive Planning, University of Hawaii at Hilo.

"Let us proceed forward, working together through open communication, and where necessary, compromise to allow for continued scientific exploration and discovery, while respectful of cultural practices and protocols, as well as a joint commitment to an education that bridges astronomy and culture in a way that will inspire Hawaii's children, grounded in the culture, to seek out a career in science.

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
October 1, 2001

The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

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Sandra Dawson

TMT Manager, Hawaii Community Affairs