HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An athlete who was in a viral video that showed him skiing Mauna Kea has apologized amid an uproar about the stunt.
“I can now see that we should not have skied on the volcano at Mauna Kea ― at this astonishing and powerful mountain,” athlete Markus Eder said in an emailed statement.
“For this I offer my deepest apology to the people of Hawaii. They and their culture inspire my profound respect. The thought that I have offended them leaves me feeling gutted.”
He added that the others in the video also “share this regret and apology.”
“We all see that this should not have happened. We will be very much more careful ― wherever in the world we may be ― in the years ahead,” Eder continued.
The video showed three athletes skiing on the mountain, considered sacred to Native Hawaiians.
After the video was posted to social media, many in the Hawaiian community expressed outrage and disbelief. Environmentalists have also noted the stunt was potentially harmful to wekiu bug, which is only found on the summit of Mauna Kea.