Science and Religion Clash Over Telescope Construction on Sacred Summit

When Paul Coleman summits Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano in Hawai’i that rises 13,796 feet above the Pacific, he is struck by two things. First there are the colossal observatories, whose domes gleam in the sunlight by day and glimpse the farthest reaches of the universe by night. Second, there is the red dusted mountain itself, which in his religion is the home of the gods.

But Coleman, an astronomer at the University of Hawai’i and a native Hawaiian, may be one of the few people on Maun

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