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Hawaii County will not prosecute group arrested while protesting atop Mauna Kea

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MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The County of Hawaii on Tuesday announced it will not prosecute seven people who were accused of violating the state’s emergency rule that made it illegal to be on Mauna Kea in the overnight hours.

The group, represented by the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, was arrested Sept. 8 while atop Mauna Kea between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

They were part of an ongoing protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at the summit of the mountain, which many Hawaiians believe to be sacred.

On October 9, a judge found that the state’s emergency rule was invalid, saying the state failed to provide reasoning to support its finding that the rule was necessary to prevent "imminent peril to the public health, safety, or morals, or to natural resources."   

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