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Gov. David Ige taps Harry Kim to lead negotiations with TMT opponents on Mauna Kea

  • Video by Jamm Aquino / jaquino@staradvertiser.com

    Gov. David Ige visited Mauna Kea on Tuesday after a week-long standoff with opponents to the Thirty Meter Telescope. It was his first visit since protests began on July 15.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Above, Gov. David Ige exchanged ha (breath of life) with Napua McShane Burke on Tuesday at the base of Mauna Kea.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Big Island Mayor Harry Kim stood among the crowd Tuesday at the base of Mauna Kea. Gov. David Ige announced that he was handing over negotiating tasks to Kim in hopes of brokering common ground between the opponents of the TMT telescope and the state.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Ladonna Brave Bull Allard of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe spoke Tuesday to the crowd gathered at the base of Mauna Kea.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Cody Keale, left, of Waimanalo, Pomaika’i Freed of Puna and Kauinohea Antone of Kaneohe embraced Tuesday, the ninth day of protests against the TMT.

After a weeklong standoff, Gov. David Ige on Tuesday asked Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim to “coordinate” state and county efforts to resolve the impasse over the Thirty Meter Telescope. Read more

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