The closure of Maunakea and uncertainty about the status of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, is having a direct impact on the island’s tour guides — primarily mom-and-pop operations that rely on stargazing and astronomy tours to make their living.
Thirty-three opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were arrested Wednesday on the Maunakea Access Road during a third consecutive day of protests that prompted Gov. David Ige to sign an emergency proclamation.
The protests surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and the closure of the Maunakea Access Road affects not only the future of astronomy, but its present, as well, according to astronomers who use the telescopes already in place on the mountain.
The Steam Vents parking lot in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will be closed today from 8 a.m. to noon as park staff continue efforts to eradicate little fire ants (LFA) from the area. If the weather is unfavorable, Monday will be the alternate date.
As the Big Island continues recovering from the 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano, the county Department of Research and Development selected the Institute for Sustainable Development to do an in-depth assessment of the eruption’s economic impacts and draft an economic recovery plan.