Governor asked to open access to site amid telescope protest

  • This July 14, 2019, file photo shows the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea. For activists who say they're protecting Mauna Kea, the fight against the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope is a boiling point in Hawaiian history: the overthrow on the Hawaiian kingdom, battles over land, water and development and questions about how the islands should be governed. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU — Some state and local lawmakers want the governor of Hawaii to rescind his emergency proclamation allowing authorities to restrict protesters’ access to a mountain where a giant telescope is planned.

Ten Hawaii state lawmakers and county council members said Monday the proclamation by Gov. David Ige violates the spirit of a law intended to help communities during natural disasters or threats to public safety.

They say neither describes the current situation involving demonstrations against the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Native Hawaiian protesters have been blocking a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea, a site they consider sacred.

The crowd of demonstrators swelled to 2,000 people over the weekend. About 1,000 were at the site Monday halfway up the mountain.

  1. harry oyama July 22, 2019 1:42 pm Reply

    Now that its become a national and international media coverage, the politicians, as always, like sharks smelling blood in the water, suddenly appears to support this protest. Where were them when the issue started or for that matter years ago when they knew full well that Native Hawaiians were getting the shaft while others got fat at their expense.

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