The Heart of Aloha
The all-encompassing image of the heart atop Maunakea well symbolizes the most precious values and beautiful of place and its people.
A WAY FORWARD
THIS PRESENTATION IS BEYOND A “YES” OR “NO” OF THE TMT PROJECT. THIS IS ABOUT ASKING HAWAI‘I 'S PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER AND FINDING A PATH TO GO FORWARD IN A GOOD WAY.
In recent years, the Hōkūleʻa gave birth to a phenomenal Hawaiian cultural renaissance, re-igniting the Hawaiians’ desire to discover, grow and explore new frontiers; with this, the pride of the wisdom and courage of their elders.
In recent months, Maunakea has added to this remarkable Hawaiian cultural renaissance, the Hawaiians’ identity and the pride of being Hawaiian; with this, the reverence and sacredness for the total environment.
When respectfully integrated with a comprehensive understanding of Maunakea and Hawaiian culture, astronomy can be such a catalyst for positive and transformational changes in Hawai‘i.
Under the leadership of dreamers, innovators, and awakened community, this can be the leverage for not only Maunakea issues, but to understand and address wrongs of past to make us a better people and place.
-Mayor Harry Kim, 2019