The University of Hawaii wants to keep control of Mauna Kea.

UH has been under fire for how the mountain has been managed and state senators unanimously passed a bill that would establish the Mauna Kea management authority.

It would take control from UH and also limit the amount of telescopes on the mountain. 

A UH spokesman told Island News Thursday the university wants to maintain what it calls a collaborative stewardship.

"The bill as it's written right now, isn't something we do agree with and we are opposed to, but again we definitely appreciate the intent and are hoping to work with everyone involved to find the best way forward for Mauna Kea," Dan Meisenzahl, UH spokesman said. 

The senate bill has advanced to the house and is awaiting its first hearing.