and Hawaiian flags are displayed in the CFHT dome
Event description: Excerpt
from the CFHT Bulletin #2 (December 1979)
Some 160 visitors, many from thousands of miles away, made the trek up Mauna Kea for the dedication ceremony on 28 September, 1979. It was a typical beautiful Hawaiian day as the caravan of close to 40 four-wheel drive vehicles moved slowly up the dusty and winding road to the top, passing through the lunar-like landscape of the mountain slopes.
the observatory, the elegant apparatus awaiting the visitors resembled
something "out of James Bond movie" as Governor Ariyoshi put it. But
the staging that day was strictly Hawaiian. The massive, gleaming new
telescope was attached to the mezzanine deck by long strands of vanda
orchids intertwined with maile leaves and dozens of colorful anthuriums
blazed at its foot: the sound of conch shell trumpeted over the
intercom system. The dome was open to the rarefied air and the flags of
Canada, France, Hawaii and the United States fluttered now and then.
untying of the three lei strands capped the dedication ceremony
which included the playing of the national anthems, official
speeches by Professor Charles Fehrenbach,chairman of the CFHT Board,
Roch LaSalle, Canada's minister of Supplies and Services,
Pierre Aigrain, France's minister or Research, and Hawaii's Governor
George Ariyoshi, and a benediction by a Hawaiian priest.
Later at a prime rib and French wine luncheon in Waimea, dignitaries toasted the project and Nobel laureate Dr. Gerhard Herzberg praised the new site and the "endeavors of those that try to understand the universe and the nature and role of man in it".
Credit line: "Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope / 2004"
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