The summit of Mauna Kea is perfect for astronomy but it’s also regarded as one of the most sacred lands for Native Hawaiians. We get a look inside the two sides that have been debating about the construction of one of the largest ground telescopes in the world.
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On the island of Hawaii sits a dormant volcano named Mauna Kea. It’s the highest point in Hawaii, and if you measure from the seafloor, it’s the tallest mountain in the world. And this height, paired with a few other important elements, has made it home to numerous observatories. But, this mountain isn’t just a perfect place to peer deep into the vastness of our universe. It’s also a very sacred place for the local native Hawaiian people, who have been protesting the construction of a newly planned telescope since the site was selected for construction in 2009.
This film, from co-directors Carter Lau and Duncan Heger as well as their team from Chapman University, looks to shed light on an important debate that may have been tragically overlooked so many times in the past; science vs culture. This is Beyond the Mauna.
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