Our media partner KITV has this report on arrests made Thursday on Mauna Kea. Excerpt:

Protesters on Hawaii’s Big Island have been blocking the road to a mountain peak where one of the world’s largest telescopes is being built.

Hawaii County police spokeswoman Chris Loos says some people have been arrested for blocking the road to the Mauna Kea summit.

The mountain is held sacred by Native Hawaiians, and opponents tried to prevent the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. They questioned whether land appraisals were done correctly and whether Native Hawaiian groups had been consulted. …

TMT Mauna Kea protest sign


TMT Project Manager Gary Sanders later issued this statement:

“We regret that police action had to be taken to enable our legal access to the project site.

“TMT respects the rights of everyone to express their viewpoints. We also respect the laws of the State of Hawaii and the seven-year public process and authority that granted us permits to build the Thirty Meter Telescope in the Maunakea Science Reserve’s Astronomy Precinct.

“Like most people in the community we truly believe that science and culture can coexist on Maunakea as it has for the past 50-years along with other public uses.”

Read Civil Beat’s related article, Peter Apo: Mauna Kea Under Siege.


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