Conflict on Mauna Kea

  As costs mount, Hawaii County pulls highway crossing guards from TMT protest site

With cars traveling at 60 mph along Daniel K. Inouye highway and police reporting near accidents, the private security was hired over the summer to keep motorists and pedestrians safe.

  Anti-TMT activists hold another ‘rolling convoy’ on Oahu

  UH Regents approve stewardship resolution, rules on management for Mauna Kea

HPD receives ‘numerous’ complaints about large flags on vehicles

Cost of government response to TMT protest at Mauna Kea tops $10M

Group urges Japanese officials to review support of TMT project

TMT official makes direct plea to move project forward as protests continue

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Advocates on both sides of TMT issue come together in open discussion

UH Board of Regents lays out plans for Mauna Kea management amid TMT protest

  Opponents of TMT project protest outside key financial backer in California

Government agencies have spent nearly $10M so far on their response to TMT protest

Hawaii police: Nearly 600 traffic citations recently issued near Mauna Kea campsite

  Heated forum on TMT has more wondering: How can this conflict be resolved?

  Price tag for the government’s response to the TMT protest: $8M and growing

The vast majority of the costs ― $4.1 million ― were for law enforcement.

  Big Island mayor pitches ‘way forward’ for Mauna Kea with pledges to address protesters’ concerns

Protest leaders said the mayor’s “way forward” missed the mark, and proves that they aren't being heard.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on TMT: What would ancient Polynesian navigators think?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the world’s most well-known astrophysicists, published an opinion piece on the Thirty Meter Telescope controversy on Wednesday, offering another perspective he says “may have been overlooked in the heat of debates.”

  ‘Standing up for our rights’: 28 of those arrested at TMT protest plead not guilty

In a Hilo courtroom, each kupuna faced the judge on charges of obstruction, a misdemeanor crime.

  UH denounces professor’s ‘hurtful’ statements about Kamehameha Schools students

Prosecutor son’s job prompts turning over telescope arrests

  Ige hits back at Mauna Kea telescope protesters over flag ‘tactics’

Protesters plan to gather outside telescope backer’s California home

  Big Island mayor floats plan to transfer Mauna Kea governance

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

  Native Hawaiian activists threaten legal action over Mauna Kea Access Road

They claim the access road was built illegally on Hawaiian Home Lands.

  Crews bulldoze unpermitted structure at Mauna Kea, sparking new cries of desecration

The governor said the structure posed a health and safety risk.

  State draws heat for how flag was handled at protesters’ structure

The flag had been affixed to the structure, apparently in anticipation of the state’s plan to raze it.

  deGrasse Tyson: Hawaiians should have ‘entire say’ over Mauna Kea construction

Native Hawaiians should have ‘entire say’ about what happens to the mountain, the famous astrophysicist says.

  As TMT protest drags on, activists fear law enforcement action is imminent

Despite this quiet period, the Kia’i, those who call themselves protectors of Mauna Kea are warning their supporters to expect law enforcement action in the next 30 days.“We are being notified that law enforcement is considering using excessive force by way of chemical dispersants to punish and sup

Concerns arise over possible conflict of interest in TMT arrests

The man responsible for prosecuting the mostly Native Hawaiian elders arrested for protesting construction of a giant telescope said there is no conflict of interest, even though his son works for one of the embattled project’s partners.

  Gov. Ige explains why he couldn’t grant Mayor Kim’s wish of delaying TMT construction

Just days before the planned start of construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope last month, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim sent a letter to Governor David Ige asking for a 30-day delay.

Hawaii or Spain? Telescope experts say it may not matter

Thirty Meter Telescope officials acknowledge that their backup site atop a peak on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma is a comparable observatory location, and that it wouldn’t cost more money or take extra time to build it there.

  9 arrested at TMT protest plead not guilty, vow to ‘vigorously’ fight charges

Separate court dates have been set for the remaining protesters who were taken into custody.

  ‘Our tax dollars’: Soaring costs to state for TMT protest draw concern

Lawmakers are raising major concerns about the rising costs for law enforcement and first responders at the site of the Thirty Meter Telescope protest on Mauna Kea.

Tab for keeping police, other first responders at TMT protest at $3.5M

That figure doesn’t include costs incurred by other county police departments or by the state.

  After weeks of mostly silence on TMT, Ige offers no details on how conflict will be resolved

The governor hasn’t publicly spoken about the conflict on Mauna Kea for more than two weeks.

  Big Island mayor: Ige made ultimate call to stop arrests at TMT protest

On PBS Insights Thursday night, Mayor Harry Kim described the decision making process on July 17 on Mauna Kea when law enforcement faced off with activists.

1 month later, police officials detail arrests at Mauna Kea

Thirty-eight people were arrested on July 17.

  Big Island police incident commander described ‘volatile’ day at Mauna Kea protest

"There was a significant risk that the increasingly vocal and volatile group of protesters on both shoulders would respond with violence."

  Scientist disputes claims TMT construction spills could contaminate aquifer

"Their concerns are not based on good science."

  Officers: Police plans to arrest TMT protesters, clear road abruptly fell through

“It was very trying if I could use that word."

Researchers return to summit, Gabbard visits Mauna Kea and TMT opponents launch online push

Gabbard said, “what is happening here is about so much more than just a telescope.”

  Workers at existing Mauna Kea telescopes to return to work

The agreement was announced Friday by the Maunakea Observatories.

TMT takes to TV airwaves as opponents attempt to broaden message virtually

The ad campaign comes on the fourth week of a TMT protest at the base of Mauna Kea.

Environmentalists in Canary Islands gear up for a fight against TMT

If TMT moves to its "Plan B" site, it's likely to find opposition there, too.

  Employees of existing telescopes say they’re ‘collateral damage’ in TMT conflict

The existing telescopes continue to sit idle during this fourth week of the TMT protest on Mauna Kea. The lack of research has frustrated scientists and technicians say getting up to the summit to do maintenance has been a struggle.

  List of UH professors offering courses at TMT protest camp on Mauna Kea grows

“The different approaches to learning and having students be able to be on the mauna and study in many different fields in classes that are offered, I think that is so exciting."

Environmentalists in Canary Islands: We’ll seek legal action to stop TMT from coming here

The group says it has “no less reason or less determination than the Hawaiian TMT opponents.”

TMT backers to seek permit for alternative site in Canary Islands

The consortium said they still plan to put the $1.4 billion telescope on the top of Mauna Kea.

  WATCH: Conflict on Mauna Kea 'Where it Stands’ mini-documentary

The conflict on Mauna Kea is about to enter it’s fourth week with no end in sight.

TMT opponents call on university’s Board of Regents to stop project

The BOR meeting kicked off at 9 a.m., and was slated to go well into the afternoon.

  UH president still supports TMT, but says conflict is greatest challenge he’s faced

Amid the protest, there have been calls for him to resign ― something he doesn’t plan to do.

  TMT protesters, law enforcement at Mauna Kea prepare for Erick’s impacts

Protesters had a mandatory meeting at 1 p.m. to go over preparations.

  Actor Jason Momoa rallies TMT protesters at Mauna Kea: ‘Telescope’s not being built here’

Mars is one of several big names in entertainment to show their support for the protesters.

TMT says Canary Islands site is not ready despite Spain’s green light

So far, telescope officials have said they still prefer to build in Hawaii.

  Protesters celebrate governor’s decision to withdraw emergency proclamation for Mauna Kea

TMT protesters have blocked the access road to the summit of Mauna Kea for 16 days.

  Big Island mayor says he has little authority over law enforcement at TMT protest

“I cannot call the Guard. Because I don’t have the authority and who wants it, right? I don’t even want this job."

Observatories say there’s no deal for workers to access summit

Word of the deal was announced Sunday by project opponents.

  Astronomers at existing Mauna Kea telescopes frustrated as research is delayed by TMT conflict

"In a sense, all we're looking to do is go up the road."

  Tensions grow as TMT protesters continue to block access for telescope workers

“All we’re asking is that they communicate with us. And when they have, we’ve worked it out.”

  Both sides of TMT debate hold dueling rallies in Honolulu, Hilo

Still no compromise in the standoff over the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope

  Impasse continues as both sides make clear there’s little middle ground in TMT conflict

TMT opponents will decide whether to accept the mayor's proposal.

  Telescope employees find future uncertain as protest blocks access to Mauna Kea

More than 500 employees work at the observatories, and about 50 to 75 of them would be up at the summit on any given day.

  At Mauna Kea, ‘The Rock’ calls for ‘leadership with empathy’ to resolve TMT conflict

Johnson’s visit comes on the 10th day of the protest.

  Gov. Ige makes surprise visit to Mauna Kea, where TMT protesters remain for 10th day

In a statement, Gov. David Ige said Kim will be “taking the lead” in Mauna Kea negotiations.

Amid mass protests, TMT supporter says telescope is being done ‘the right way’

“We really need these STEM jobs and Hawaii Island is so limited."

Protesters deny group of observatory technicians access to summit

The incident comes as the telescopes atop Mauna Kea are left unattended.

  Holloway, Macfarlane weigh in on Mauna Kea protests

Macfarlane, despite currently residing in San Diego, traveled home to the islands this weekend to join protestors at Mauna Kea on the Big Island in their peaceful protest against the construction of the heavily-debated Thirty-Meter Telescope.

  State releases names of activists arrested during telescope protests at Mauna Kea

Many of those taken into custody were kupuna, or Native Hawaiian elders.

  Judges order state to give lone Native Hawaiian practitioner access to Mauna Kea

The decision comes on the ninth day of a large Thirty Meter Telescope protest at the base of Mauna Kea.

Judge denies TRO to halt construction on TMT project

Opponents say the TMT failed to provide a bond to ensure the money is there if the project is abandoned.

  Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweets support for TMT opponents

“This failure and a history of broken promises is what’s resulted in the standoff you’re seeing today.”

  After visiting protest at Mauna Kea, LG says TMT should ‘move on’ if brokered deal can’t be found

“Many members of my family are actually here, so I feel safe and loved. This is my community.”

Native Hawaiian TMT supporter feels the time is now to speak up

"If only one side of the story is heard, they tend to believe everything about it."

  Large anti-TMT march makes its way through Hawaii’s heart of tourism: Waikiki

“We’re just making our voices heard,” one protester said.

  TMT spokesman: Mauna Kea remains preferred site, no plans to back out

They acknowledged the rifts being caused in the community.

  Ige avoids Mauna Kea crowd as number of activists increase into the weekend

Gov. Ige left Hawaii Island without stopping at Mauna Kea.

PHOTOS: No end in sight to conflict over Mauna Kea

PHOTOS: Conflict on Mauna Kea continues with both opposition and support

  Hawaii County mayor Harry Kim meets with TMT opponents

"The organization and respect for their orders and authorities -- unbelievable unless you're here."

  As TMT protest at Mauna Kea swells, governor struggles to find way forward

The protest ― 600 to 1,000-strong since Monday ― is aimed at preventing construction equipment from getting to the planned site for the $1 billion Thirty Meter Telescope.

  TMT protesters brace for possibility of more law enforcement action

Tensions have been growing over the past few days.

  HPD calls TMT protest on H-1 Freeway ‘foolish and dangerous’

Pop-up TMT protests are happening statewide, including on Oahu roadways.