Update Dec. 26:
HAWAII: Law enforcement told Mauna Kea Protectors they will be arrested Dec. 26, 2019. This comes after the Governor used false PR as a tactic, promising to withdraw law enforcement. A similar tactic was used against Standing Rock Water Protectors in 2016, when they were told, 'It's all over, go home.'
Article by Brenda Norrell
On Thursday, Day 160 of protecting Mauna Kea, Protectors said in a video address that the Governor is making contradicting statements to the public. Protectors said the Hawaiian government is attempting to diminish their strength with a false narrative in the media.
"We're not going to fall for that."
Protectors said they were given the ultimatum to remove themselves and their structures or face arrest on Dec. 26, 2019.
Statement by Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu Maunakea
Dec. 19, 2019
This morning it was announced that Governor Ige had made the decision to pull back law enforcement from their barricades that have closed the road since July 15th. He stated that as TMT is not able to move forward at this time Law enforcement would be withdrawing for the time being. This was reported on by multiple press outlets from the Governor’s press conference. Several hours after that the state issued an ultimatum to the Kiaʻi that conflicted with the Governor’s own words at his press conference. Kiaʻi have been given an ultimatum to move off Mauna Kea by the 26th of December or they will face arrest. This conflicts with the statement that the Governor gave saying that law enforcement would be withdrawing. The Governor also stated that $15 million dollars has been used on law enforcement operation on Mauna Kea since July. @staradvertiser originally reported that the stand down would last 2 months.
Update Dec. 23, 2019
Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu Maunakea
Aloha ʻāina kākou,
On Thursday, Dec 19th, state law enforcement officers ordered kia'i to clear the road by December 26th or face mass arrests.
While the deadline to clear the road is December 26th, we do not believe that law enforcement will attempt to sweep kūpuna and kia'i on this day, but we must remain vigilant and prepared.
We are putting out a kāhea to all Hawai'i Island kia'i, to spend the holiday on the Mauna with the kūpuna and be prepared to kūpaʻa, stand with us, should state enforcement officers arrive on the 26th.
For all other kia'i, on neighbor islands and beyond, we ask that you be on standby for a kāhea. To all who come, be prepared for extreme weather and cold nights.
The road to the summit of Maunakea is currently open to the public via the side gravel road alongside the kupuna tent. Please drive carefully and slowly.
It is our wish that all kūpuna, all kia'i, state enforcement officers and administrators, and all the people of Hawai'i enjoy a peaceful holiday in the warmth and aloha of friends and loved ones.
Hau'oli Ao Polohiwa a Kanaloa, Lonoikamakahiki and see you on the Mauna!
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