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Mauna Kea astronomers confirm discovery of 2 Earth-sized planets


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15415.

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Accessed on 10 August 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC.

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Our knowledge of the universe expanded a bit on Monday when astronomers at the Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea confirmed the discovery of “10 new planets that are near-Earth size and orbiting in their stars ‘Goldilocks Zone’-neither too hot nor too cold-where liquid water could exist.”  Two of the planets may be worthy of further study.  The current effort is part of the Kepler mission which is looking for “so-called exoplanets in a small swath of the constellation Cygnus.”

According to the Keck Observatory team, “This is a major new division in the family tree of planets, analogous to the discovery that mammals and lizards are distinct branches in the tree of life.”

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Amano recommends approval of TMT permit


Hawaii News Digest, 27 July 2017, 03:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15371.

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/5699889.html

Accessed on 27 July 2017, 03:55 hrs, UTC.

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Retired Hilo judge and TMT hearings officer, Rikki May Amano, has issued a 303-page recommendation to approve a land use permit for the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project atop Mauna Kea. The issue will now go to the Hawaii State Land Board for approval.  Opponents of the TMT say they will appeal to the Hawaii State Supreme Court if the Land Board approves the permit.

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Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — It could be a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.

Source: Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/walk-in-their-shoes-mayor-elect-kim-says-tmt-proponents-need-better-understand-those).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 16:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Hasslinger.

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Hawaii County Mayor-elect Harry Kim says the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea could become “a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.”

But, that can only happen if there’s a little give and take from both sides of the issue.

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise members Wednesday morning (12 October 2016), Kim said “You may have to change your way of how you approach the messenger…it’s a simple statement of ‘we were wrong…we will be better’…That’s where we must go.”

Kim added that TMT supporters should “put themselves in the shoes of an opponent of the project…” and “truly learn about the history and beliefs behind the opposition.”  Although the TMT can be a great learning tool, “remember that 99 percent of the people on this island, when they look at Mauna Kea, it’s not as a place of science, they look at it because… it’s part of their soul.”

According to Kim the way to resolve the contentious TMT issue is through “understanding and communication…you’re telling them you understand and you don’t know about the sacred ground, the people’s heritage.”

The $1.4 billion TMT project is in the middle of a second contested case hearing in Hilo.


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Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The six original petitioners in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case will represent themselves in hearings that start next week after their attorney withdrew as counsel, citing scheduling conflicts.

Source: Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/wurdeman-withdraws-tmt-case-6-original-petitioners-will-represent-themselves).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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The attorney representing six petitioners in the second TMT contested case hearing has withdrawn from the case, citing his caseload and “scheduling conflicts.” Wurdeman said he wouldn’t be able to participate in Monday’s status conference or the evidentiary hearings that will begin on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the contested case hearings petitioners, told reporter Tom Callis that she’s “disappointed hearings officer Amano did not change the schedule at his request”, adding she thinks “the timeline is getting too compressed.”

Before he left the TMT case, Wurdeman filed a motion asking that retired judge Riki May Amano be replaced as hearings officer.


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Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search


Source: Subaru astronomer spots fireball over Mauna Kea, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, September 30, 2016 – Google Search (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/subaru-astronomer-spots-fireball-over-mauna-kea-hawaii-tribune-herald-september-30-2016-google-search).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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This must have been quite a sight.  A routine equipment check by Subaru astronomer Ichi Tanaka on 20 September 2016 turned into something rare and beautiful. As he was checking out sky conditions atop Mauna Kea, “a meteor hit the atmosphere and burned its way across the sky.” Tanaka said the flash of light “was so striking” that it “could have been a fireball:  a meteor that appears as bright as the planet Venus.”

Fortunately, the fireball was captured zipping across the sky by the University of Hawaii telescope’s “All-Sky Camera”.  Subaru spokeswoman Saeko Hayashi said the image looked like a “heavenly Cheshire cat.”


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Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Parties in the contested case for the Thirty Meter Telescope toured the summit of Mauna Kea on Monday morning.

Source: Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/amano-visits-site-contested-case-hearing-officer-gets-first-hand-look-several).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 18:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

On Monday, 26 September 2016, contested case hearings officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, visited the proposed site of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit.  According to the DLNR, the visit “provided a way to see firsthand the location and observable impact of the …project.”

The second contested case hearing is set to begin on 11 October 2016, 10 a.m., at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel.

The project has been opposed by some Native Hawaiian groups, who consider the mountain sacred.  Other Native Hawaiian groups support the TMT, saying astronomy is “an important part of Hawaiian culture.”


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Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A Hilo man says an ahu built at the Thirty Meter Telescope site atop Mauna Kea should be protected after he deposited human remains there.

Source: Human remains placed at TMT site | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/human-remains-placed-tmt-site).

Accessed on 19 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

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Native Hawaiian activist Palikapu Dedman says an ahu he helped erect near the TMT site on the Mauna Kea summit should be protected after he placed human bones belonging to a relative at the structure.

Dedman, who could face possible criminal charges, tells reporter Tom Callis that he placed iwi or bones belonging to an ancestor on the stone altar last September and “then again earlier this month after realizing the first set of bones went missing.”

Dedman claims state law defines his act as “a traditional practice…I had a right to do it.”  Dedman says the laying of the iwi at the ahu “show(s) the area is a Hawaiian burial site, a claim made by some opponents of the proposed telescope.”

Dedman may be cited for not submitting a burial plan approved by the island’s burial council.

Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth says his office is reviewing the report from DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement concerning the iwi, but was unable to tell when a decision on criminal charges will occur.

For his part, Dedman claims “I’m just being responsible for my ancestors.”


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