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Hawaii: Governor announces 1 week halt of Mauna Kea telescope construction

Thirty Meter Telescope protesters chant after being arrested from the telescope building site on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Thirty Meter Telescope protesters chant after being arrested from the telescope building site on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii, Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Hawaii News Now, April 7, 2015

HONOLULU – In a Tuesday news conference, Gov. David Ige announced that TMT construction has agreed to a one week halt of work at the summit of Mauna Kea.

Ige said,”The president of the University (Hawaii) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs have agreed to a timeout on the project and there will be no construction activities this week.” Read the rest of this entry

A day after arrests, Mauna Kea telescope protest grows

Hawaii telescope blockade 8By Ben Gutierrez, Hawaii News Now, April 4, 2015

MAUNA KEA, HAWAIi – A small group of activists started a blockade against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea ten days ago. Now, its a growing encampment.

Organizers estimate as many as 300 people lined the summit access road Friday, showing their opposition to the controversial $1.4 billion telescope.

“To see just so many people gathered, it was so uplifting,” said organizer Lanakila Mangauil. “It looked like there was a whole Mauna Kea festival going on.” Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Protesters arrested blocking road to giant telescope construction site

Hawaii telescope blockade 1New Zealand Herald, April 3, 2015

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. Read the rest of this entry

Captain Cook Killed by Hawaiian Warriors, Feb 14, 1779

The death of Captain Cook.

The death of Captain Cook.

Captain Cook was an officer in the Royal Navy who carried out reconnaissance and surveying missions for the British government.  His expeditions contributed to the colonization of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Coast of BC, and Hawaii.  It was in Hawaii that Cook was killed, on Feb 14, 1779. Read the rest of this entry

Hawaii: Way of the Warrior

By Naomi Sodeta, Hana Hou! magazine

Traditional Hawaiian warrior with helmet.

Traditional Hawaiian warrior with helmet.

As dusk falls over Honolulu, a dozen Hawaiian men and women clad in black T-shirts and shorts gather on wooden benches outside a gym on a hilltop overlooking downtown.  As they step through the doors and line up on the padded mats, their jocular conversation segues into hushed concentration. Read the rest of this entry