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Hawaii seeks to end controversy over astronomy on sacred mountain | Business

HONOLULU (AP) — For more than 50 years, telescopes and the needs of astronomers have dominated the summit of Mauna Kea, a mountain sacred to native Hawaiians that is also one of the best places in the world to study the night sky.

Now that’s changing with a new state law that says Mauna Kea must be protected for future generations and that science must be balanced with culture and the environment. Native Hawaiian cultural experts will have voting rights on the new governing body, rather than simply advising summit leaders as they do now.

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