Shouts of “ku kiai mauna” — the guardians of the mountain — could heard Thursday at Mauna Kea’s summit as police led 12 arrested protesters away from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) construction site.
The Hawaii Police Department said they were blocking access to construction workers who were en route to the summit to begin work on the telescope.
Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.
While the Native Hawaiian groups opposing the project do not oppose the telescope itself, they disagree with the location of the…
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