Astronomy on Mauna Kea: why? when? who? There are so many questions, and the story is interesting! Native Hawaiian Alika Herring–a man with superb vision–was part of the story, the 1960 tsunami was part of the story after it devastated the Big Island’s economy, Governor John Burns was part of the story too, for the very new state of Hawaii. This is Part 1 of a discussion with Dr. Doug Simons of Canada France Hawaii Telescope and Dr. Greg Chun of University of Hawaii; in Part 2 we delve into the astronomy leases and the future.