HILO >> The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking the public for help in identifying a man who may have placed rocks on Mauna Kea Access Road on May 16.
The rocks were placed at the 5.5-mile marker in the downhill lane of the summit road in the middle of a sharp right corner and created a potential safety hazard, DLNR officials said in a press release.
A security camera at the Hale Pohaku Visitor Center showed a shirtless man in board shorts carrying a plastic gallon container and a black backpack walking uphill along the road.
A telescope worker later confirmed seeing that same man at the time the rocks were being placed.
The man is described as being 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a light-colored white to light gray board shorts and slippers.
The DLNR is asking anyone who has any information to contact the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.