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Mauna Kea activists demonstrate savvy in organization, nonviolent protest tactics

  • Video by Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.com

    Thirty Meter Telescope protesters on Saturday agreed to allow a few unarmed Hawaii National Guard officers through the blockade on Mauna Kea Access Road.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Tate Keliihoomalu on Thursday was among the activists opposed to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope who gathered just up Daniel K. Inouye Highway from the Mauna KeaAccess Road intersection. Tate was involved in the traffic slowdown of the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu as a sympathetic gesture to the protesting at Mauna Kea, seen in thebackground.

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ryoko Osako has been meditating at a lava rock altar since arriving at the Mauna Kea encampment. She is among a hardy group of “occupiers” whose numbers have swelled in recentdays.

The fast-moving events that unfolded last week show the Thirty Meter Telescope protests cannot be dismissed as a bump in the road. Read more

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