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Monarchs would have loved idea of Mauna Kea telescope

An Aug. 24 letter claims malihini not born here do not oppose the Mauna Kea telescope because they don’t in fact respect the idea of sacred sites and are not well-informed on the culture or island history. Yes, some of us get it. There is a very good reason for building the telescope that most don’t consider.

In my own case, a well-known Hawaiian and I became friends when he learned of my knowledge of the culture. Writing five profiles of King Kamehameha, Queen Ka’ahumanu and Queen Lili’uokalani for my book “Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui,” I came to the conclusion that Hawaiian kings and queens were among the most progressive ever, crossing oceans like no other and much more. Iolani Palace had electricity and a telephone before the White House.

Stars played a crucial role in navigation. The star calendar was a significant navigation tool to help Tahitians and Hawaiians move back and forth.

The monarchs loved technology and had a high interest in the stars. This is entirely overlooked by Mauna Kea telescope opponents.

I believe there that the monarchs would have loved the idea of a telescope that would significantly increase knowledge of the stars and the universe.

Indeed, considering the demonstrations and the plethora of cars displaying an upside-down Hawaiian flag, I believe there has been little consideration of what the monarchs likely would have thought. Furthermore, I also believe many Hawaiians are for the telescope but have been rarely heard from.

Norm Bezane

Lahaina