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Tours canceled to support telescope protesters

HONOLULU — Some Hawaii businesses are cancelling tours and shows to demonstrate their support for protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope.

Old Lahaina Luau on Maui called off its nightly luau for Monday. The show, which seats 450 people, had been sold out.

Skyline Hawaii suspended zipline operations on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui. It also canceled its tours to the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s tallest peak, and to the small town of Hana.

Both businesses will resume normal operations on Tuesday

Native Hawaiian protesters have been blocking a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea since last week to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Protesters say the observatory will further harm a site they consider sacred. The summit is already home to 13 telescopes, though five are due to be decommissioned in a concession to telescope opponents.

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