Telescope observes local culture
November 15, 2012 |
Engineers will soon break ground atop the island of Maui’s highest mountain for the construction of a giant solar telescope.
The $298-million project saw delays over concerns from Hawaiian locals who felt the telescope was an insult to their sacred peak. But concessions were negotiated – such as hiring a cultural specialist and staff biologist to ensure local customs and wildlife are protected – so building can now begin.
Good for them. There may be faster ways around such issues, but are they always the right ones?
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