From the arrest of kupuna protesting the Thirty Meter Telescopes construction on Maunakea to calls for his resignation, University of Hawaii President David Lassner, in an address to the UH Board of Regents on Thursday, said Wednesday marked one of the most difficult days his presidency.
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.