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Stone altars halt progress of telescope construction

Timothy Hurley
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One of the stone altars, or ahu, built by protesters that stumped officials trying to restore access to the summit.
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Protesters left Mauna Kea Access Road. Gov. David Ige announced that the road would be closed indefinitely to the public.
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Protesters gathered near the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station on Thursday. Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope blocked access to the summit after an hourslong standoff with Department of Land and Natural Resources personnel and Hawaii police.
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Protest leader Kahookahi Kanuha addressed demonstrators Thursday near Mauna Kea Access Road.