Anti-TMT activists stage rolling ‘Mauna convoy’ from Hawaii Kai to Maili

Updated: Sep. 8, 2019 at 12:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - An anti-TMT protest on wheels kicked off in Hawaii Kai on Sunday morning, as dozens of cars in the so-called “Mauna Convoy” made their way to Maili.

The protest received a special event permit from the city for up to 70 vehicles.

“We’re practicing our First Amendment right,” said organizer Jamie Rodrigues.

“This is our way of putting out our voice with displays, with flags, with behavior, with personality, with passion. We can roll from one side of the island to the other and attract a lot of attention.”

Dozens gathered on Oahu Sunday for the convoy.
Dozens gathered on Oahu Sunday for the convoy.(Hawaii News Now (custom credit))

The protest began at Maunalua Bay at 9 a.m. and ended at Maili Beach Park.

Protesters traveled along Kalanianaole Highway westbound, got onto the freeway, and made their way all the way to Maili Beach Park along Farrington Highway.

Organizers made sure safety was top priority and rules were followed.

“We definitely will brief all of the participants on what’s going to happen, what it’s going to look like, and what the expectations are,” Rodrigues said before the event.

HPD officers were also stationed along the route.

“As the numbers grew, my concern was for the safety of the participants. Getting the permits and the help from the city and talking with our community, it just felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Rodrigues.

This story may be updated.

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