Activists stop construction on first day of TMT work
By Cindy Ellen Russell |
July 15, 2019
| Updated on July 22, 2019 at 3:41 pm
On the frontline early Monday morning at Mauna Kea Access Road were kupuna (elders) forming a human barricade to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
People who call themselves kia'i (protectors) faced the rising sun and recited oli (chants) along Mauna Kea Access Road on Monday morning. A crowd of about 500 gathered to oppose the Thirty Meter Telescope which is slated to begin construction this week.
Flags were held high by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope at Mauna Kea Access Road upon the arrival of local law enforcement on Monday morning.
Dexter Kaiama held his hands high as a tribute to Mauna Kea before a line of kupuna (elders) who formed a human barricade early Monday morning to stop the construction of the Thirty Millimeter Telescope on Hawaii island.
People who call themselves kia'i (protectors) lined Daniel K. Inouye Highway, across from Mauna Kea Access Road, on Monday morning.
The Department of Transportation workers created a median along Daniel K. Inouye Highway to create barriers along the side of the highway on Monday.
Kaleikoa Kaeo bumped fists with a supporter after law enforcement announced that they would leave for the day and that he and six other Hawaiian activists could unchain themselves from a cattle guard without arrest during a mass opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope on Monday.
Ka'imi'aina Bourne recited a fierce oli (chant) in the middle of Mauna Kea Access Road during the shutdown by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Monday.
Kahoʻokahi Kanuha checked on Walter Ritte and Kaleikoa Kaeo who were chained to a cattle guard along Mauna Kea Access Road early Monday morning.
Walter Ritte and Kahoʻokahi Kanuha walked towards Pu'uhonua O Huluhulu along Mauna Kea Access Road on Monday afternoon. Pictured to the left is Ritte’s wife, Loretta.
Walter Ritte shook hands with Kahoʻokahi Kanuha as he left a tent which covered the cattle guard that he and six other Hawaiian activists were chained to for 11 hours to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Law enforcement released the seven individuals without arrest and left shortly after.