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UH President: “I can say that should TMT come to Mauna Kea, the Hawaiian community and community-at-large will benefit through an annual $1 million community benefit package…”

Richard Ha recently posted a post on his blog entitled “TMT is Pono” where he talks about a community meeting where they created some radio spots for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Wayne Joseph and I left a comment for Mr. Ha and the response that he gave me is very pleasing.

Statement from UH President David McClain:

UH President David McClain

After discussions with academic and community leaders on the Big Island, and review with the Board of Regents, I can say that should TMT come to Mauna Kea, the Hawaiian community and community-at-large will benefit through an annual $1 million community benefit package, which will provide funding for locally chosen and managed educational programs on Hawai’i Island. This will begin once all permits for the project have been received.

The compensation to the University of Hawai’i, which is expected to begin at “first light”, will be split equitably between a higher education package to be used for selected initiatives of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and Hawai’i Community College on Hawai’i Island and observing time for University of Hawai’i scientists.

David McClain
President
University of Hawaii