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Musician releases song 'Rise Up' in protest against TMT

"Rise Up" by Ryan Hiraoka feat. Keala Kawaauhau (Image source: YouTube) "Rise Up" by Ryan Hiraoka feat. Keala Kawaauhau (Image source: YouTube)
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MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The movement to prevent construction of a 30-meter telescope atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island has spanned the globe, even attracting the attention of celebrities who are speaking out against the project. Now, a new voice in the "We Are Mauna Kea" movement is going viral, this time, in song.

Local musician Ryan Hiraoka was inspired by the thousands of voices who have come together to stop TMT construction. He wrote and sings "Rise Up" with fellow local musician Keala Kawaauhau.

The lyrics are pointed: "Rise up, rise up, Hawaiian people. We must unite and fight against evil...They want to look for life on Mars. So they look up at the stars while they desecrate the land of our ancestors. I don't understand the plan."

Hiraoka is represented by Rubbah Slippah Productions LLC, a Na Hoku Hanohano award winning record label. He says he released the song for free because his goal isn't to make money -- instead, he wants to bring awareness to what is happening on Mauna Kea.

Construction is currently on hold for one week due to the increasing protests. Unless the courts halt construction by TMT Observatory Corpopration altogether, the $1.4 billion telescope will be operational in 2024.

Mobile users, click here to listen to "Rise Up" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/S4qQ0uhQbSg 

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