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Mukilteo School District's 'land protecting' director of equity

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell helped lead rallies against new observatory in Hawaii

 

August 21, 2019

Absyde-Ann Kaiulani Dacosco

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell (right) at a rally earilier this month in Tulalip opposing the construction of a new observatory on the Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii. Ebalaroza-Tunnell is the Mukilteo School District's first-ever director of equity and is a native Hawaiian.

Over roughly the last two months, the state of Hawaii has been in the news worldwide regarding protests of a proposed observatory atop a volcano on the island of Hawaii (commonly referred to as The Big Island).

The proposal would put an observatory (known as the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT) on Mauna Kea summit. To Native Hawaiians and indigenous groups around the world, Mauna Kea is sacred, and perhaps justifiably. Towering above the ocean floor into the sky, Mauna Kea is the highest mountain in the world at 33,500 feet from base to summit.

The TMT project has a price tag of roughly $1.4...



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