By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation won't be an option for people arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope.
Hawaii attorney general spokesman Josh Wisch said in a statement Wednesday the state won't participate in hooponopono.
Three defendants in the case filed a motion asking for hooponopono as an alternative to a trial. It seemed likely to happen after Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth supported the idea.
Hooponopono is traditionally used within families to work out differences, using prayer and discussion.
Roth said it would only be for about 20 people charged with obstructing in April. There have been subsequent arrests in the battle to build the telescope on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.
Roth couldn't immediately be reached for comment about the state's decision.