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Pressure grows on backers of Thirty Meter Telescope

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Video by Jamm Aquino
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green visited Mauna Kea this morning to offer his ear, advice and services as a doctor to people on the mountain blocking construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Green, who is from Hawaii island, also said Gov. David Ige should meet with the kupuna, or Hawaiian elders, serving as decision-makers in the group, and he apologized for some of the things said earlier that have offended demonstrators. "I am here to listen," he told a group kupuna under a canopy during a misty morning. "And I want to say I'm sorry for some of the things that have been said in the past days and weeks."
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JAMM AQUINO/JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kumu hula Bradford Ikemanu Lum, left, presents ho’okupu to kupuna during the seventh day of protests against the TMT telescope on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The DLNR reported the number of activists on Monday at 1000, down from about 2500 over the weekend.