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Ige issues emergency edict as number of Thirty Meter Telescope protesters balloons

  • A total of 33 kupuna (Hawaiian elders) were arrested Wednesday morning during a sit-in on the Mauna Kea Access Road. Oahu Thirty Meter Telescope opponents showed their solidarity Wednesday, while Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation over the ongoing protests.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA /CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Kimo Leong of Waianae and others gathered Wednesday in front of the King Kamehameha Statue on King Street in solidarity with anti-Thirty Meter Telescope protesters on the Big Island as demonstrations against the telescope project spread to Oahu.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Hulu Lindsey was arrested for obstruction on Mauna Kea Access Road along with 32 other kupuna (elder) demonstrators Wednesday morning.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Opponents to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea formed a blockade with their cars in the middle of Daniel K. Inouye Highway on Wednesday.

  • DIANE LEE / DLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Gov. David Ige held a news conference at the state Capitol on Wednesday to announce his emergency declaration for Mauna Kea.

Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday afternoon as the number of people gathered at the base of Mauna Kea to protest the Thirty Meter Telescope swelled to roughly 1,000 and crews were blocked for the third day in a row from accessing the telescope construction site. Read more

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