Actor Jason Momoa stands with Thirty Meter Telescope opponents at Mauna Kea
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Actor Jason Momoa stands with Thirty Meter Telescope opponents at Mauna Kea

  • Video by Cindy Ellen Russell / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    "Aquaman" actor Jason Momoa visited Thirty Meter Telescope protesters Wednesday afternoon at the base of Mauna Kea.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Actor Jason Momoa participated in the noontime protocol for the anti-Thirty Meter Telescope protesters today.

MAUNA KEA >> Actor Jason Momoa added some star power to the noontime protocol for the anti-Thirty Meter Telescope protesters today, walking up the blocked Mauna Kea Access Road in front of a crowd of about 600.

Momoa, an outspoken supporter of the protests who helped to popularize the anti-TMT movement in 2015, wore a haku lei, strands of maile and sunglasses as he stood in light rain watching hula and listening to the crowd pray in Hawaiian.

When his turn came to make a presentation at 12:40 p.m., he stepped forward to present a ho’okupu or formal offering wrapped in ti leaf.

“I just want to say that I’m thankful to the protectors and the stewards of this land, and we are not going anywhere,” he said.

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