Hawaiian activists prepare for Mauna Kea telescope convoys

In this Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, observatories and telescopes sit atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain and the proposed construction site for a new $1.4 billion telescope, near Hilo, Hawaii. Construction on a giant telescope will start again next week after lengthy court battles and passionate protests from those who say building it on Hawaii’s tallest mountain will desecrate land sacred to some Native Hawaiians. State officials announced Wednesday, July 10, 2019, that the road to the top of Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island will be closed Monday as equipment is delivered to the construction site. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii — Scientists hope the massive telescope they plan to build atop Hawaii’s highest peak, a world-renowned location for astronomy, will help them peer back to the time just after the Big Bang and answer fundamental questions about the universe.