Telescope protesters gather at Kamehameha statue in Honolulu

Telescope protesters gather at Kamehameha statue in Honolulu

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Many of the protesters opposed to plans for a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea came down from the mountain for a large gathering around the King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu.

Protest leader Kahookahi Kanuha says about three people remained on the mountain in case workers attempt to resume construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Kanuha led a news conference Wednesday, discussing how hundreds of protesters blocked construction a week ago and how they'll continue to peacefully prevent work from resuming on the $1.4 billion project.

Meanwhile, the mountain's access road remains closed, along with restroom facilities at its visitor center. In response, protesters camping on the mountain have trucked over four portable toilets.

The nonprofit company building the telescope hasn't indicated when there might be another attempt to resume construction.

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