HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki is calling on the state Supreme Court to speed up the contested-case hearings for the permit to build a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea.
The hearings have been moving slowly since they started on Oct. 20. Hundreds of exhibits, numerous attorneys and nearly 100 witnesses have been included in the case of the Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii News Now reported.
Saiki is concerned the project may be abandoned because of the slow process. He’s asking the high court to appoint a master to ensure the process moves along in a timely manner.
“The master would help take control of the proceedings by deciding things like the scope of testimony, the number of witnesses, time limits that may be imposed. Basically, decisions that would help to streamline the procedure,” Saiki said.