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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 17
                                Law enforcement officers stand by to disperse opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope along Mauna Kea Access Road. Protest-related costs continue to rise, totaling millions of dollars.
Hawaii County spends $5M on TMT protests

The protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope have so far cost Hawaii County more than $5 million, according to the latest cost update provided to members of the Hawaii County Council on Tuesday. Read more

BRUCE ASATO / JULY 20
                                The morning mist that brought light showers clears and reveals the summit of Mauna Kea.
Land Use Commission rejects Mauna Kea petition

A petition that challenged the density of development of astronomy observatories on Mauna Kea was denied Friday by the state Land Use Commission, with a majority of the commissioners declaring they have no jurisdiction over the issue. Read more

Kapu aloha protest strategy spreads, causing alarm

New protests aimed at the Kahuku windmill project and the Sherwood Forest park development may be alarming to some state leaders, but among some activists there is a sense that a grassroots momentum has been building as the nonviolent protest strategy known as kapu aloha spreads from one community to the next. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The number of protesters who participated Saturday in the Aloha Aina Unity March on Oahu is in dispute, with organizers estimating that 20,000 people turned out and Honolulu police figuring the crowd count at about 12,000 to 15,000, but the broad support across the islands is not debatable.
Kupuna meet with Big Isle Mayor Kim, reject proposal for TMT

A group of kupuna, or elders, from the movement opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope being built on Mauna Kea met with Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim on Monday to discuss Kim’s plan for resolving the dispute, which proposed that the TMT would be the last telescope built on the mountain. Read more

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Harry Kim speaks during a press conference in Hilo, July 29.
Mayor Harry Kim’s TMT plan offers nothing new, supporter says

A prominent supporter of the Thirty Meter Telescope said Friday there is little that is new in Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim’s plan to resolve the dispute over TMT, suggesting the pamphlet Kim released last week is a rehash of old plans, promises and commitments to Hawaiians. Read more

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