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Opponents of Haleakala telescope planning another protest

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Another confrontation is brewing in the dispute over the construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope atop Haleakala.

Foes of the $340 million project are planning another protest after it was announced that another convoy of oversize trucks loaded with construction parts and material would be dispatched to the top of the 10,000-foot Maui mountain late Wednesday night.

Twenty demonstrators were arrested July 30 in the last attempt to block a shipment of large telescope parts from reaching the summit.

Kahele Dukelow, a leader of Kako‘o Haleakala, said the group is planning some kind of action against Wednesday’s deployment, but she’s not sure what yet. The group is meeting Monday to discuss a strategy.

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