January began with the TIO (the TMT International Observatory, LLC) wrapping up its case in support of the Conservation District Use Permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope. Witnesses included two native Hawaiians with doctoral degrees in astronomy or astrophysics: Paul Coleman, a full professor of astronomy at the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy, and Heather Kaluna, a native of the Puna district of the Big Island and now a post-doc fellow with the UH Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.
Both attempted to explain how their pursuit of science did not conflict with their respect for . . .
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