TMT construction crews to return to Mauna Kea on Wednesday

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 at 1:42 PM HST
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Rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope
Rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope

MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Law enforcement sources confirm with Hawaii News Now that construction crews for the Thirty Meter Telescope project will return to Mauna Kea Wednesday morning.

Last week, TMT officials announced they planned to return to the mountain to work on equipment that has sat idle for the last seven months when crews were blocked from reaching the construction site by more than 750 people who gathered in protest of the project on grounds that it desecrates a sacred Native Hawaiian place.

TMT officials have repeatedly said there were no plans to return to Mauna Kea without the state's assurance of unobstructed, consistent and safe access -- though, it's unclear at this time what that entails.

Aloha Aina advocates, several of whom spent months living on Mauna Kea in prayer and vigil, say they are prepared to take the necessary steps to protect what they believe is a sacred Native Hawaiian site.

More details as they develop on Hawaii News Now.

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