May 29, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court Schedules Oral Arguments on Thirty Meter Telescope Project's CDUP  

As many of you remember, after 44 days of the Contested Case hearings held throughout most of 2017 in Hilo, the State of Hawaii Land Board adopted the hearing officer's recommended findings of fact, conclusions of law, and decision and order, with modifications, including additional conditions.    

Supreme Court 2nd Floor
417 South King Street Honolulu
In November 2017, the State Land Board's decision was subsequently appealed to the Hawaii State Supreme Court. After internal filings of party briefs and other matters before the high court, the Hawaii Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the project's Conservation District Use Permit for June 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

The project is deeply appreciative for the support Hawaii Island community members have shown throughout this long and sometimes arduous process to build the next generation telescope on Maunakea, the best astronomy site in the world.  

Click here to download The Permit Process Timeline to Build the Next Generation Telescope on Maunakea.


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