Amateur astronomer, Tom Peek stated, "These are not greedy guys trying to build a hotel...But their moral compasses become confused because they are blinded by theexcitement of discovery."
However astronomers do not see things in that light. Their goals are to "to view the stars and answer some of the most riveting questions of our time, questions about the origin of the universe and thebeginnings of time." They have already made some amazing discoveries in which they can only do so at Mauna Kea.
Richard Ellis stated," It annoys me to see astronomers portrayed as tyrants who come in to exploit Mauna Kea. That's very unfair. We're searching for truth and knowledge, the kinds of things that have motivated countries for centuries. We don't need to apologize. We need to explain what we do."
Currently, the debate of Mauna Kea is still at play. Ahahui Ku Mauna has been negotiating with astronomers and has declared they would not support Keck project unless there is assurance that astronomers will give something back to the islanders. As of now, it is undetermined which way the decision will go.
Now that you know both sides of the debate. What do you think the fate of Mauna Kea should be?