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In Hawaii, science is clashing with culture. Scientists from around the world have planned a $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope that scientists claim could help answer questions about how the universe began. Its proposed location? Mauna Kea: a sacred place known to Native Hawaiians as “the realm of the gods.” While the stars and their secrets have always held value for Native Hawaiians, protestors currently occupying Mauna Kea say desecrating the dormant volcano to build the world’s most advanced telescope would destroy a doorway to their culture. Can a balance be struck? What chance do protestors have against the international conglomerate working to build the observatory? And what chance does Western science have against Native religion?
Mike Bolte – member of the T-M-T International Observatory board of directors
Ka’iu Kimura (Native Hawaiian) – executive director of Imiloa Astronomy Center
Kahookahi Kanuha (Native Hawaiian) – Aloha Aina
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