Mauna Kea visitor station reopens after month-long closure

Mauna Kea visitor station reopens after month-long closure

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Mauna Kea visitor center has reopened after being closed for more than a month during protests about the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on atop the mountain.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station opened its doors again Friday.

University of Hawaii officials shut down the visitor station on June 25, saying resources and staff were strained. That was a day after protesters used rocks to block construction vehicles bound for the mountain's peak.

Protesters say they are protecting a mountain sacred to native Hawaiians. On Friday, they were still camped across the street from the visitor center, despite recent arrests.

State officials raided the camp last week to enforce a new emergency rule restricting overnight access to the mountain.

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