UH Confirms TMT Project Is The Last Telescope Site On Maunakea

Agreement is part of Governor's 10-step plan to move forward

University of Hawaiʻi
Daniel Meisenzahl, (808) 348-4936
Director of Media Production, University of Hawaii
Dan Dennison, (808) 587-0407
Senior Communications Manager, Department of Land and Natural Resources
Posted: Nov 23, 2015

(HONOLULU) – A letter from University of Hawaii President David Lassner to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case confirms that the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project site is the last new area on the mountain where a telescope project will be contemplated or sought.

 President Lassner’s letter to Chair Case states that it, “shall constitute a legally binding commitment and may be regarded as a condition of the University of Hawaii’s current lease(s) and of any lease renewal or extension proposed by the University.”

The commitment fulfills the second point of Governor David Ige’s 10-point “Way Forward” plan that addresses future management and stewardship of Maunakea.  UH has also fulfilled the third point of the plan, officially identifying three telescopes that will be decommissioned and permanently removed before TMT begins operations.