West Hawaii News 07/21/2019

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TMT protesters number more than 1,400 on Saturday

MAUNAKEA — On Saturday, the largest group of people gathered along the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Maunakea Access Road since protests began Monday against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea.

Ige sued over TMT emergency declaration

HILO — A Hilo kumu hula has filed a lawsuit against Gov. David Ige, claiming the state of emergency declared last week is a violation of his rights as a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and in violation of the state’s emergency management law.

Kahele asks Ige for construction moratorium

HILO — State Sen. Kai Kahele said Thursday afternoon he would ask Gov. David Ige “within the hour for a moratorium on the construction of (Thirty Meter Telescope) for the next 60 days.”

Tour guides feeling the pinch of Maunakea closure

HILO — The closure of Maunakea and uncertainty about the status of 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.

More transfer stations close

KAILUA-KONA — Earlier this week, three West Hawaii transfer stations, Keauhou, Keei and Puako, were closed as a result of staff shortages.

Update: Quiet day on mountain wrapping up

MAUNAKEA — An estimated 600 opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were back on the mountain Thursday, but there were no injuries or arrests reported, according to a release from the State of Hawaii.

Astronomers: ‘We’re sort of dead in the water’

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.

Ige declares emergency over TMT demonstrations; 33 arrested

MAUNAKEA — Thirty-three opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were arrested Wednesday on the Maunakea Access Road during an ongoing protest that prompted Gov. David Ige to sign an emergency proclamation.

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