Hawaii governor says state supports telescope construction

Work on the Thirty Meter Telescope has been stalled for months after a large group blocked access to the mountaintop in April, a demonstration that led to 31 arrests.

Perez said moving the stones “was not something that we sanctioned”, but was apparently done by some of the protesters working on their own overnight.

Rocks and rock walls were placed across the road this week in protest of the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Protesters planned to eventually let the trucks pass, but another group would block them again farther up the dormant volcano, Kanuha said.

Governor David Ige today said, “the state continues to assess and monitor the situation to ensure the safety of the people on Mauna Kea”.

Jodi Leong, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said she didn’t have details on the 11 arrests.

Hawaii County Assistant Police Chief Henry Tavares says at least one man was arrested Wednesday.

Tension continues to grow on Mauna Kea as protesters who were arrested yesterday post bail and return to the forefront of the fight.

For the protesters, many of whom had been camping near the visitor center despite 30-degree nights, it was a victory.

Astronomers are interested in the site because its summit is almost 14,000 feet high, well above the clouds and able to provide a clear view of the sky 300 days a year. There’s also very little air and light pollution.

Hundreds of people flocked to the mountain Wednesday to keep workers from resuming construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope on land many Native Hawaiians hold sacred.

A man protesting construction of a giant telescope on a Hawaii mountain says demonstrators erupted in cheers when crews advancing up Mauna Kea turned around and headed back down.

Protesters Wednesday ranged from toddlers to the elderly. We hoped we would not have to arrest people but were prepared to do so, and we did when they blocked the roadway. “This action is a serious and significant safety hazard and could put people at risk”, McCartney said. In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Thirty Meter Telescope protesters walk on a road during the first of many blockades that started at the Mauna Kea visitors center, stopping TMT construction… The Hawaii Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in August regarding the permit process that allowed the nonprofit Thirty-Meter Telescope global Observatory LLC to build and operate the telescope.

Partners would receive a share of observing time, along with University of Hawaii scientists.

But protesters vow to remain vigilant.

Officials with the office said the new provisions have not been designed to curtail public or Native Hawaiian access but to create a safe environment for all users while protecting cultural and natural resources.

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