Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

December 26, 2019

Mauna Kea Protectors Stand Strong Regardless of Threat of Removal

Live from Mauna Kea. Screenshot from video today.

Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu Maunakea


MAUNAKEA ACCESS ROAD, 12/26/19 - Today, we received written assurances from Mayor Harry Kim that construction of the TMT will not proceed until the end of February at the earliest and that law enforcement will stand down for the duration of that time. In response to the mayor's commitment, the kūpuna will open the road for safety reasons. They will remain in place alongside Maunakea Access Road with the full support of the Pu‘uhonua and will be prepared to respond to any threat of construction by TMT in the future.
We'd like to thank the hundreds of kia‘i who responded to the Hawai‘i island kāhea today and were on hand to hear from the kūpuna directly. We would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant and steadfast, as Aunty Noe Noe reminded us today, "if there are any signs of construction, we'll be right back in the middle of the road."
We are committed and we will not leave Maunakea until the TMT leaves Hawai‘i.Live from Mauna Kea today,

Watch live the video:

"We stand in unity.

"Don't forget us."

"We are going to carry on."

"We're going to stand from the mountains to the sea."

"We rise, then we breathe, so we can stay in the longterm."

                                                         Below: Screenshot from live video now.

The following posted by the Mayor on Twitter
County of Hawai‘i  
Office of the Mayor  
25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603      Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720     (808) 961-8211      Fax (808) 961-6553  
KONA:  74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy., Bldg C      Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740  
(808) 323-4444     Fax (808) 323-4440  
December 26, 2019  
Maunakea Access Road Temporarily Closed to the Public   
Mayor Harry Kim announced on Thursday that the Maunakea Access Road is  
temporarily closed to the public as the road is being cleared to make it completely  
accessible to the public.   
Under an agreement with the protectors, the clearing operation will involve the  
collaborative efforts of State and County agencies working together with the protectors.   
During the road closure, access will be limited to telescope personnel, ranchers,  
conservation workers, hunters and cultural practitioners, as previously arranged, the  
Mayor said. The County of Hawai‘i appreciates everyone’s cooperation and  
understanding of the temporary closure.  
The road will reopen to the general public on Saturday, December 28.  This date  
coincides with the reopening of the Hale Pohaku Visitor Center.  
'Like a Mighty Wave: A MaunaKea Film'

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