Hey guys, so I’m going to assume a lot of you are in the dark about the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) that’s supposed to be built on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano which has been considered a sacred place to my Hawaiian people for thousands of years. 

A lot of celebrities have been supporting #AoleTMT (ʻaʻole meaning “no” in the Hawaiian language), as you can see in the pictures above, and you can help save our precious lands from the developers hands! You can read more about #WeAreMaunaKea here (x x x) and sign the petition to help stop TMT here.

My people and I appreciate all the support we get, please, if you feel it’s the right thing to do, help us save our land!



Tumblr, Hawai’i needs your support now more than ever.

Mauna Kea, one of our most sacred mountains, is under attack. Since the 70′s, telescopes have been built on its summit, destroying the ecosystem and sacred sites. Right now, there are 13 telescopes, and now, certain people want to build another one. Except this one will be 30 meters (98+ ft.) tall, and costing over $1.4 billion. Because of the mountain’s unstable surface, construction workers for the other telescopes have had to basically blow up certain areas and smooth it out to make it more stable. Mauna Kea is already over 40 feet (12 m) lower than before construction.

Even though many people were arrested after a series of peaceful protests, we are still fighting. Mauna Kea is sacred to our people, and it is not theirs to build on. This land is ancient and sacred, and it does not belong to the United States, or the State of Hawai’i.

So please, help and support our efforts to put an end to the construction by signing this petition -

Ku kiaʻi mauna! We, the people of Hawaiʻi, are standing strong to uphold those things which are sacred to us! It begins here at Mauna A Wākea. Groups and people of “power” are looking to build a 30 meter telescope on the most sacred mauna, against the will of…

Protests and actions have been happening in the past week on Hawai’i Island to prevent a telescope from being built on sacred Mauna Kea.  Arrests just started today.  
I know times are tough, and we don’t always have extra to give, but if you do and you feel like supporting the folks who are standing up on the mauna, please consider donating to this fund. *Also, please pay attention to what you’re donating to, especially because there are a couple of these floating around.* This one is set up by the ohana of some of the people who were arrested today, and the funds will be controlled directly by the folks who have been leading the stand on the mauna, Kahookahi Kanuha, Joshua Lanakila Mangauil and Ruth Aloua. The monies will be used for:

1. Bail
2. Food and water for people sustaining the protection on Mauna a Wakea
3. Informational packets for them to educate people who come up to the mauna.


The Cost of Astronomy

The Thirty Meter Telescope project seeks to build an optical telescope larger than any that’s ever existed.

The sorts of things it will show us are things we can only imagine right now. We’ll learn more about dark matter, the laws of particle physics, we’ll be able to image individual stars in other galaxies, learn more about how planets form, see planets that have already formed in other solar systems and it will greatly help us search for extra terrestrial life.

if it gets built.

The telescope’s construction has been halted by protestors in Hawaii. The telescope is being constructed at a location sacred to many native Hawaiians, the volcano Mauna Kea. This location wasn’t arbitrarily chosen. It’s above much of the troublesome atmosphere that makes observing space difficult and is in a separate hemisphere from the other extremely large telescopes (meaning it will be the only telescope capable of seeing what it will see).

The native Hawaiians, however, have often been wronged by history (and largely the same culture which now seeks the emplacement of the Thirty Meter Telescope). I think it’s understandable that they’re upset.

That said an important question is raised: when culture or religion comes in conflict with science, which side is in the right?

My personal opinion is that the need for scientific knowledge outweighs the preservation of religious observance but that this value isn’t necessarily something scientists have effectively communicated the importance of (maybe people like myself are to blame).

What do you think about the construction of this telescope?

(Image credit: Courtesy TMT International Observatory)

anonymous asked:

hey i saw that picture you reblogged and i was curious about what that was about? i saw jason momoa post about that too

*cracks knuckles* okay

So, Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the main island of Hawaiʻi (not just the name of the state, one of the islands is also named Hawaiʻi). It’s close to 14,000 ft above sea level. It is one of the most sacred mountains in Hawaiian culture (presumably because it is the highest peak in the islands). It’s known as one of the best sites for astrological observations, because of that, there are 13 telescopes that have already been constructed. In April 2013, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was approved to built & it would be the second-largest telescope ever built. Many people (most of whom are Native Hawaiians) are protesting the building of this telescope because it’s desecrating ancient sacred lands, to which don’t legally belong to the State of Hawaiʻi or the United States.

Going into that, a little history lesson: Hawaiʻi was once known as the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi until the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893 after the previous king, King Kalākaua, was forced to sign the 1887 constitution, which stripped the Hawaiian monarchy of much of their authority to America. He was forced at gunpoint to sign the constitution or else he would die. Therefore, due to illegal pressure of the signing of the constitution, Hawaiʻi should not be considered a US state, instead be known as an illegal territory. Because of this, many people believe that the state shouldn’t have any control over these lands as it belongs to the native people. This along with the fact that, y’know, they’re desecrating sacred land, is the reason for the protests that are occurring. 

Addressing the post, the girl who claims that it “isn’t a big deal” for “just one more” telescope to be built is absolutely false. Just because the US is building on Native American sacred grounds all the time does not make it okay. It’s just like saying “people are smashing ancient Native American pottery, so it’s okay for people to destroy Native Hawaiian artifacts”. The more people post about Mauna Kea and the more publicity this cause gets, the higher the chance of construction stopping. The United States has already taken away so much from our islands, from our language (see Act 57, sec. 30 of the 1896 Laws of the republic of Hawai’i) to our waters (Pearl Harbor), it’s time for it to end. 

Please sign this petition to show your support to stop the TMT construction.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)