Daily classes, medical care and a food tent: Thirty Meter Telescope opponents of all ages settle in for what could be a long standoff.
Morning classes meet at Pu’uhuluhulu, where hundreds of opponents of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope have been camping out since July 15. Class offerings include the Hawaiian language and hula.
Keiki head for breakfast and Friday morning classes after spending the night camping out. Multigenerational families are among the protesters who have so far blocked access up the mountain, preventing TMT construction vehicles from being brought in.
Two men break out their guitars as another day begins at Pu’uhuluhulu. The weather can be extreme, ranging from cold, misty and rainy to sunny and hot.
New arrivals Friday at Pu’uhuluhulu, where activists have stressed a nonviolent approach to their blockage of the Mauna Kea Access Road.
A protester directs traffic on Saddle Road, a major cross-island highway that has experienced congestion at the protest site.
Three hot meals a day are served at the food tent, and snacks and drinks are always available.
Lunchtime for two of the activists who have congregated to try to prevent construction of another observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea, which some Native Hawaiians consider sacred.
Members of the Na Wahine Royal Order of Kamehameha prepare to perform Friday. Many organizations have sent representatives to address and entertain the protesters.
Protesters blow conch shells at a kuahu (altar).
As part of their mini-city, the activists have set up a recycling and trash tent.
Keiki play on the lava rocks at Pu’uhuluhulu.
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