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Oahu activists demonstrate after Thirty Meter Telescope arrests

  • 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.


    Above, people gathered Wednesday in front of Bachman Hall at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to protest the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on the Hawaii island. Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu gave a chant before a meeting with University of Hawaii President David Lassner.


    Westbound traffic on H-1 was backed up near the University Avenue exit after TMT foes — some in cars outfitted with upside-down Hawaiian flags — slowed traffic to a crawl with cars in all four lanes driving side-by-side at very slow speeds. The action jammed up westbound traffic for hours afterward.

Oahu experienced a taste of Hawaii island’s Thirty Meter Telescope protest Wednesday as Native Hawaiian sympathizers demonstrated at the state Capitol courtyard, held a sit-in at Gov. David Ige’s office and slowed traffic on the H-1 Freeway and at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, among other actions. Read more

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