TMT forges ahead despite pandemic; opponents keeping close eye on project

Tribune-Herald file photo Kaho‘okahi Kanuha talks with TMT opponents July 17, 2019, on the Maunakea Access Road about moving vehicles that were parked in lanes of traffic on Daniel K. Inouye Hwy.

Tribune-Herald file photo Jason Momoa holds the hands of children, Nakoa-Wolf Momoa, left, and Lola Momoa, right, on July 31, 2019, as he is welcomed with hula on the Maunakea Access Road.

Tribune-Herald file photo A kupuna is arrested July 17, 2019, on the Maunakea Access Road.

A top official of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory project said Wednesday — exactly one year after protesters blocked Maunakea Access Road to prevent construction of the next-generation telescope — that the multinational partnership is still “committed to try and make it work in Hawaii.”