Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

phys.org | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place.

In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents gathered under the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign to show their solidarity with protesters back home.

Video - Twitter - Dozen - Protesters - Signs

Elsewhere, video on Twitter showed a few dozen protesters chanting and holding signs and flags in New York's Union Square.

Protesters have been blocking a road to the summit of Mauna Kea, a site they consider to be sacred, since last week to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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State officials said the crowd stood at 1,500 on Monday after swelling to 2,000 over the weekend.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green said there will have to be a compromise in order for the telescope project to go forward but he doesn't know if that's possible.

Hawaii - Supreme - Court - Telescope - Construction

Even though the Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled the telescope's construction permit was valid, the question at hand is not a legal one, he said.

"This is a cultural question and the question about an entire culture's sense of self. I don't care what the rulings were. It boils down to how the Hawaiian community perceives itself and what vision it has for the future," Green said in a telephone interview after visiting the protest site. He said he spoke with Native Hawaiian elders for four hours.

Governor - Time - Reconciliation - Hawaii - Host

The lieutenant governor said it's time for a "grand reconciliation" with Hawaii's "host culture."

He said that means the state taking a strong position on U.S. recognition for Native Hawaiians, moving more aggressively to provide house lots through the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands and not "shying away from" the U.S.-backed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.

He said he would...
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