PUEO Hosts Astronomy event with Gemini Telescope Staff

PUEO Hosts Astronomy event with Gemini Telescope Staff

SEPTEMBER 7th 3-4 for kids and 4-5 for adults! PUEO is hosting an event for kids and adults. We still have space for 4-5 pm on the 7th for any adults (teachers, etc.) that would like to learn how to run the portable planetarium that you can borrow from Gemini. RSVP your spot for the 4-5 pm slot. We also might have some space for the kids show from 3-4, so contact us if you want to join in! You can also learn more about the program here: http://tinyurl.com/zsym78f    ...
Don’t close door to education benefits

Don’t close door to education benefits

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER The Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Building a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea will come with educational opportunities that Hawaii shouldn’t close the door to, the president of a Native Hawaiian group that supports the project said. Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities President Keahi Warfield told a Waikiki hotel banquet room filled with members of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Tuesday that he believes there’s a “silent majority” of the public who support the Thirty Meter Telescope. The $1.4 billion telescope has divided the Native Hawaiian community, with many opponents saying it will desecrate sacred land. The state Supreme Court invalidated the project’s permit last year and ordered a new contested case hearing. Warfield’s group, whose acronym PUEO means Hawaiian owl, is allowed to participate in the upcoming hearing. The nonprofit organization’s board consists of Native Hawaiian elders, Warfield said. “Many people have come forward to thank us for exposing a view that they were afraid to voice,” said a bullet point in a presentation Warfield showed the Rotary Club. Many don’t feel safe expressing support for the telescope, he said. Intense protests on the Big Island mountain prompted a halt in construction. Telescope officials have said they want a permit in place by the end of the year or early next year in order to resume construction in 2018. Meanwhile, telescope officials are looking for possible alternate sites in case it can’t be built in Hawaii. A young girl told Warfield she no longer wants to grow up to be a scientist because of the debate, which has pitted family members against each other, Warfield...
Sign Waving Success!  Hearing Underway Today.

Sign Waving Success! Hearing Underway Today.

There was a crowd of over 50 people who showed their support for building the TMT yesterday in Hilo.  Each person had their own reasons from creating jobs to enthusiasm over scientific discoveries.  Richard Ha was there talking to people and there was a lot of friendly motorists who waved and honked in support.  Other PUEO leaders were busy with their educational programs and getting ready for today’s hearing that is getting underway at 10:00 am.  But they were there in spirit and more PEUO shirts were passed out.   Hearing Underway Today It’s great to see the community come out and support efforts to get the TMT built, but we also have a lot of work to do to make sure the educational opportunities stay here in Hawaii and that we can insure that Hawaiian cultural is a key part of that education. Today Judge Amano is going to start going through the motions filed from the 20 parties involved in the case hearing from 10am to 1 pm in the Hilo YMCA.  There are several motions filed against allowing PUEO to participate in the process and over 170 documents and filings in process.  For a full list of the filings visit the DLNR website and select the “Document Library”. Between the recent polling results of and responses to our sign waving event we are confident we are on the right track and doing what is best for our childrens’ and grand childrens’ futures....
New Poll: Big Island of Hawai‘i Support TMT 2–1

New Poll: Big Island of Hawai‘i Support TMT 2–1

Update:  The polling done by Ward Research was done for n=404 respondents, maximum margin of error of +/- 4.9% at 95% confidence level.  The sample chart shown below of Caucasian, Hawaiian and Japanese only total 299 because there were other ethnicities not shown the chart purely for simplicity reasons.  Those excluded 105 respondents excluded: Chinese, 1%; Filipino, 9%; Mixed, 9%; Other, 4%; and refused to identify, 3%. The results of a new scientific poll show that Hawai‘i Island residents support the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The public opinion poll conducted in July 2016 by Ward Research Inc. shows that 60% of Hawai‘i Island’s residents support moving ahead with construction of the TMT project, with 31% opposed. In a previous scientific poll taken in October 2015, 59% of Hawai‘i Island’s residents supported moving ahead with TMT construction, while 39% were opposed to it. “It was important for us to understand how Hawai‘i Island residents feel about the project, and the latest poll results demonstrate that opposition to TMT on Hawai‘i Island is decreasing,” said TMT Executive Director Ed Stone. “That’s significant and we are most grateful that the community’s support of the project remains high. The findings also show that the general public on Hawai‘i Island understands the benefits TMT will bring in terms of Hawaii’s economy and education, both of which are very important to TMT.” The poll’s key findings: 89% of Hawai‘i Island residents agree there should be a way for science and Hawaiian culture to co-exist on Maunakea 76% of Hawai‘i Island residents agree that TMT will help create good paying jobs and...
Latest Poll Shows Increase in TMT Support

Latest Poll Shows Increase in TMT Support

National media coverage of the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (“TMT”) has consistently reported that Native Hawaiians are against its construction. We from Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities, Inc. (“PUEO”) strongly disagree with these claims. Latest polling on Oahu shows not only a majority of voters support the TMT project, but support from Native Hawaiians has grown into a majority. PUEO is buoyed by the news of poll numbers conducted by Ward Research for the Star Advertiser showing 76% support for TMT with 57% of Native Hawaiians in favor. As we have stated, PUEO hopes to bring a vision of clarity and unity to the process through the perpetuation of unique educational opportunities for our children. We believe that our voice of inclusiveness is getting heard in our communities, and that moving forward with aloha, and integrating culture and science are in the best interests for Hawai`i’s future. PUEO is a Native Hawaiian led non-profit dedicated to enhancing and creating educational opportunities for Hawaii’s youth and their communities. PUEO’s focus on bridging traditional knowledge and scientific opportunities are specific to Hawaii and Hawaiian Culture. In addition to the restoration of the voyaging canoe, Hokualakai, we also provide opportunities for kids to engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary learning environments. Our intent is based on a unifying vision of Hawaiian language, culture, science, technology and exploration. PUEO seeks to provide and enhance the opportunities for our children to continue the Hawaiian tradition and culture of exploration and learning to all members of our communities. PUEO recognizes the importance of Hawaii’s children to seek knowledge from all sources in order to survive and...
Governor Ige Meets with PUEO Leaders

Governor Ige Meets with PUEO Leaders

Governor Ige met briefly with leaders of PUEO to explain their role in the community and the types of educational and cultural opportunities each member has been providing and how they would like to see programs expanded in the future.  This includes programs that are not just astronomy related.  Keahi Warfield, president of PUEO, expressed how important it was to have a range of scientific fields participating in the educational process.  His desire is to offer programs spanning educational fields from the ocean to the mountaintops. It’s very important to have options for kids so they can pursue the activities they find interesting.  Perhaps they’re more interested in hunting and Wildlife and Game Management might be what they prefer to study.  We need more educational fields like Fisheries, Geology, Biology, as well as Astronomy, Math and Physics.  These are the types of programs we want to build for the next generations. Governor Ige listened intently as each member discussed their background and their vision of how to move the people of Hawaii forward, away from homelessness, drugs and poverty through creating educational opportunities.  In addition they stressed that longterm plans are needed to create new industries that would help prevent the “Brain Drain” of Hawaii’s youth where they leave for better education and jobs. The meeting was opened up to the astronomy community where multiple students and teachers spoke of the unique educational opportunities that led them to become interest in scientific fields.  They also discussed how they see the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) as a key part of increasing Hawaii’s role in leading science and...