Hawaii protesters arrested blocking road to telescope
Protesters on Hawaii’s Big Island have been blocking the road to a mountain peak where one of the world’s largest telescopes is being built.
Hawaii County police spokeswoman Chris Loos said Thursday that some people have been arrested for blocking the road to the Mauna Kea summit, which is held sacred by Native Hawaiians.
Opponents who question whether land appraisals were done correctly and whether Native Hawaiian groups had been consulted have tried to prevent the construction of the US$1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope.
Kealoha Piscottia, a telescope opponent, said 15 people were arrested Thursday when they tried to block trucks heading to the peak.
After the vehicles were allowed to pass, about 40 to 50 people began following the trucks, which moved slowly because of their heavy loads, she said.
About 300 protesters, whom she called “protectors,” were on the mountain, Piscottia said. She was not on the mountain but was in contact with the protesters.