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Bruno Mars joins Jason Momoa and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to voice support for TMT opponents

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2017

    Bruno Mars performs “Perm” at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Bruno Mars is the latest celebrity today to voice his support for the TMT opponents on social media.

“Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa. “Jumanji” star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Musician Jack Johnson.

What do these three celebrities with Hawaii ties have in common? They recently shared their support for Thirty Meter Telescope opponents on social media.

Bruno Mars is the latest celebrity to voice his support for the TMT opponents on Instagram.

“I love you Hawaii, and I’m with you. #protectmaunakea,” wrote Bruno Mars, who Instagrammed Wednesday a photo of kupuna (elders) blocking construction of the $1.4 billion project on Hawaii’s tallest mountain. The post received over 351,000 likes by 9:36 a.m. Thursday.

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I love you Hawaii, and I'm with you. #protectmaunakea

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Last week, Dwayne Johnson surprised TMT opponents when he made a surprise visit to Mauna Kea. The former professional wrestler did not announce his visit on his social media accounts. However, he later posted to Instagram shortly after his visit.


Since July 14, Momoa has been posting multiple photos, videos and articles about Mauna Kea. The Hollywood Reporter ranked Momoa as the No. 1 top actor with TMT opposition posts.

Momoa Wednesday visited TMT opponents at the base of Mauna Kea, where he was greeted by a crowd of about 600.

There’s no word yet on whether Mars will make an appearance on Mauna Kea with Hurricane Erick and Tropical Storm Flossie approaching Hawaii island.

Just a few days ago, Academy Award-winning actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio regrammed an illustration by Ashley Lukashevsky to his 33 million Instagram followers.

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#Regram #RG @ashlukadraws: WE ARE MAUNA KEA. Standing in solidarity with protesters on Mauna Kea, protecting the Sacred ‘āina from scientific imperialism. It breaks my heart to see indigenous people and land continue to be dismissed by the state of Hawaii and its wealthy developers. Words from @kanielaing: “You don’t have to be Hawaiian to understand the dangerous precedent this sets. Mauna Kea impacts all of us. It’s an environmental struggle against wealthy developers who seek free reign. It’s a microcosm of what’s happening across Hawaii and the world: profiteers exploiting fragile places without regard for the future. We’re not concerned about how many passive dollars this will bring our economy. We are concerned about whether we will be able to breathe in 20 years, or be out of fresh water, or have any space left in our sacred places, or if the beaches we grew up in still be there. Some things are more important than a quick buck—like our planet’s and peoples’ survival. That would be $1.3 billion well spent. #maunakea #wearemaunakea #kukiaimauna” To support, visit kahea.org / donate to Hawaii Community Bail Fund (link in highlights) ❤️ ———————- This image was drawn using stills from my friends at @standingabovetheclouds, a beautiful, powerful portrayal of the mothers and sisters at the forefront of the fight to protect sacred land on the Big Island.

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Gov. David Ige on Tuesday called off the emergency order for Mauna Kea due to the approaching storms and extended the TMT construction deadline to start for two years — until Sept. 26, 2021.

“The intention would be to keep law enforcement there just in order to keep people safe,” Ige said during a news conference at his Capitol office in Honolulu. “But obviously, we are monitoring the approach of the storm and will be taking appropriate action.”

TMT opponents celebrated the move as a victory. However, the activists blocking construction of telescope said they are prepared to evacuate on Mauna Kea Access Road if the weather turns perilous.

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