The protesters say they are being vilified in an attempt to discredit the Mauna Kea movement.
The Hawaii County mayor’s plan would make the University of Hawaii share management with other groups in an umbrella agency. Gov. David Ige says he supports the idea but many details must be worked out.
Protest leaders say the alarm bells went off when many sources consistently reported that a move to clear the road to the summit would happen this week.
A protest leader said the house was constructed as an education space for kids, but the builders knew it wasn’t legal or sanctioned by anti-TMT leaders.
Civil disobedience and arrests have been a key part of Native Hawaiian activism since the 1970s.
They all felt stirrings of Hawaiian identity as youngsters, but these three protesters were shaped by pivotal experiences as young adults.
Several Hawaiian immersion schools are seeing a spike in interest this year from parents energized by opposition to construction of a telescope on Mauna Kea.
The TMT protests are not about science or a telescope. It’s about the needs of Native Hawaiians being disregarded for 125 years.