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Hundreds Turn Out To Back Hawaiian Occupiers Of Famed Coco Palms Site

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Several hundred supporters joined Coco Palms occupiers in a ceremony Sunday during the hour at which a judge’s order to evict a pair of Native Hawaiian activists from the property took effect. The occupiers invited the supporters into the encampment for dinner cooked over a fire.

The 19th century home of Kauai’s last queen was later the resort where “Blue Hawaii” was filmed. Now a new resort is planned.

By Brittany Lyte, Civic Beat, Jan 29, 2018

KAPAA, Kauai — Five days after a judge ordered a pair of Native Hawaiians out of a 2,000-tree coconut grove that is the namesake of the famed Coco Palms resort, a Sunday night eviction deadline sparked the opposite of the intended effect. Read the rest of this entry

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Activist: Maui police used excessive force despite peaceful protest

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Police make arrests during protest against telescope construction in Hawaii. Photo: Hawaii News Now

Hawaii News Now, August 3, 2017

MAKAWAO, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) –

After a handful of activists were arrested Tuesday in protests against a controversial telescope planned for Haleakala, some are claiming Maui police officers used excessive force despite a peaceful demonstration. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Warriors-Islands of Blood

Documentary on Hawaiian Indigenous warrior culture.

Thirty Meter Telescope project dealt legal setback in Hawaii

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Artists rendition of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Canadian industry, government heavily involved in project, which some Hawaiians have protested

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press, Dec 3, 2015

A long-awaited Hawaii Supreme Court ruling Wednesday invalidating a construction permit for what would be one of the world’s largest telescopes represents a major setback for the $1.4 billion project on a mountain astronomers tout for having perfect star-gazing conditions. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Eight protesters arrested on Mauna Kea

Some of those arrested on Sept 9, 2015 in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Photo: SF Chronicle.

Some of those arrested on Sept 9, 2015 in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Photo: SF Chronicle.

By Gregg Kakesako, Honololu Star Advisertiser, Sept 9, 2015

State conservation officers arrested eight protesters  on Mauna Kea early Wednesday morning for violating the state’s new emergency rules that prohibit camping on the mountain, a Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman said.

DNLR officers arrested seven women and a man at a protest camp across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center for being in the restricted area on the mountain.

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Hawaii: Police Identify 20 Arrested and Charged For Demonstration Blocking Telescope Convoy

Land defenders block transport trucks, July 31, 2015.  Photo: Maui Now.

Land defenders block transport trucks, July 31, 2015. Photo: Maui Now.

by Maui Now, July 31, 2015

Maui police identified the 20 individuals arrested and charged for blocking a convoy of heavy equipment and telescope parts from being delivered to Haleakala for the ongoing construction of the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope.

On Thursday, July 30, 2015 at around 10 p.m., officers with the Maui Police Department were summoned to Central Maui Baseyard to assist with crowd control and public safety issues involving the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope transport project. A representative of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy initiated a complaint that numerous individuals were blocking the exit, according to Maui police. Read the rest of this entry

Protestors Carried Away in Stand Against Development Atop Haleakalā

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

Police begin arresting protesters. Photo: Maui Now.

By Wendy Osher, MauiNow.com, July 31, 2015

In a show of solidarity against further development atop Haleakalā, demonstrators on Maui secured themselves in rows and bound their arms to others in a human chain across the pavement, in an attempt to block a planned convoy of vehicles scheduled to deliver equipment to the Daniel K Inouye Telescope currently under construction on the mountain. Read the rest of this entry

A July Snowstorm in Hawaii? The Mountain Answers Protectors’ Prayers

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“It’s summer in Hawaii and Poliʻahu, the snow goddess, came to grace us in mid-July, the hottest month of the year. This is the power of pule (prayer) and believing in your culture and where you come from,” wrote Ku’uipo Freitas on Facebook. (Ku’uipo Freitas/Facebook via Indian Country Today)

by Christina Rose, Indian Country Today, July 21, 2015

It seems Mauna Kea herself has joined in the resistance of the construction of the copy.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope. On Saturday, July 18 at about 3 a.m., there was a snowstorm on top of the mountain—in the midst of one of the hottest spells some can remember in their lifetime. The protectors, dressed in sweatshirts and warm jackets, shivered against the cold and rejoiced in the reawakening and reconnection of the people and the mountain.

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Hawaii: Giant telescope work crews turn back; 11 arrested

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

One of eleven people arrested today blockading construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

West Hawaii Today, June 24, 2015

Workers trying to make their way up Mauna Kea to restart construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope were forced to turn back after protesters blocked the road to the summit with a trail of large rocks.

Starting early this morning, five trucks being escorted by police were stopped repeatedly by more than 300 protesters who set up about two dozen “lines of defense” across the Mauna Kea access road near the Visitor Information Station, which is located at the 9,200-feet elevation.

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Hawaii’s Thirty Meter Telescope website taken down in cyberattack