TMT spokesman says no plans to back out


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Mauna Kea activists demonstrate savvy in organization, nonviolent protest tactics
The fast-moving events that unfolded last week show the Thirty Meter Telescope protests cannot be dismissed as a bump in the road. The self-styled “protectors” trying to block construction on Mauna Kea — they eschew the label “protesters” — have demonstrated organization, discipline, communication and a sophisticated understanding of modern-day nonviolent protest strategy and tactics. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Concerts, lectures and a visit from Mayor Kim as protestors anticipate state’s next move
Mauna Kea turned partly into an outdoor classroom and concert venue Sunday as professors gave lectures and award-winning musicians played for TMT opponents whose numbers swelled to an estimated 2,000. It’s been one week since Gov. David Ige said the time had come to begin construction, and each day the anti-TMT protests have grown. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News. Hawaii Public Radio. KHON2. All Hawaii News.
Mobile medical clinic treats demonstrators affected by weather and the protests. KITV.
Demonstrators gird for a showdown with the state on Monday, as they anticipate government’s next move. KITV.
Hawai‘i County mayor Harry Kim meets with TMT opponents.Hawaii News Now. Big Island Video News.

TMT spokesman: Mauna Kea remains preferred site, no plans to back out
A spokesperson for the Thirty Meter Telescope spoke exclusively with Hawaii News Now Sunday saying project executives have no immediate plans to withdraw from constructing the $1.4Bn telescope atop Mauna Kea. Hawaii News Now. KITV.
A look at the science of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Civil Beat.

Gov. Ige left Hawai‘i Island without meeting directly with opponents at Mauna Kea
Ige’s decision to not visit Pu‘u Huluhulu and meet directly with opponents isn’t sitting well with those who say his allegations of drug use, alcohol consumption and rowdy crowds at the site were completely false. Hawaii News Now.

It’s Biden Vs. Harris and Gabbard in CNN debate’s second night
Tulsi Gabbard will be on stage the same night as Kamala Harris and Joe Biden: July 31 in Detroit. That’s good for Gabbard because it will likely be the most watched of the two debates, given the front-runner status of Biden, the former vice president, and the growing popularity of Harris, the U.S. senator from California. Civil Beat.

This Hawai‘i entrepreneur wants to build the moon’s first “airport”
Henk Rogers, an early backer of pushing Hawai‘i toward using 100% renewable energy, has a new idea: use a crew of construction-worker robots to build an underground moon base.Civil Beat.

Higher per capita distribution of pain pills on neighbor islands
More than 200 million prescription pain pills were supplied to Hawai‘i from 2006 to 2012, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration database made public by the Washington Post this week. More pain pills per capita were distributed on the neighbor islands, especially Maui and the Big Island. Civil Beat.

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Large anti-TMT march in Waikīkī
Hundreds of people turned Waikīkī’s sidewalks into a river of red t-shirts and Hawaiian flags Sunday to rally against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. By 11, there were enough people to block traffic on the busy thoroughfares through Oʻahu’s tourism center. Police and organizers were able to get demonstrators back on the sidewalk, where at one point they stretched all the way from Fort DeRussy to the Honolulu Zoo.Hawaii News Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KHON2. KITV.

Charter amendment proposal would dissolve HART
City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson wants voters to abolish the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and transfer oversight of the island’s troubled rail construction project to an agency that answers directly to the mayor. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Sweeping local-hire bill draws pushback from nonunion builders
City Councilman Joey Manahan says the purpose of the legislation is to make sure that union labor is used on any public works project worth over $250,000. Civil Beat.

Farrington Highway is a lifeline – and a big hazard for leeward residents
The poorly designed highway presents lots of risks to pedestrians, too few crosswalks and sidewalks, narrow shoulders, no medians and speeding cars. Civil Beat. 

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