Day Four: No Arrests, Mauna Kea Access Road Closed

Jul 19, 2019

A flock of nene, the endangered Hawaiian geese, soars over a crowd protesting the planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.
Credit Ryan Finnerty/HPR

On Hawai’i Island Friday morning, preparations are still underway to begin moving construction equipment up Mauna Kea. That follows an emergency proclamation by Gov. David Ige.

But as protests move into their fifth day, the mood on the mountain is calm. On the approach to Mauna Kea, there’s still a sense of waiting for the next development.

 

A kitchen and resupply operation keep the demonstrators fed and supported.
Credit Ryan Finnerty/HPR

Volunteers in a kitchen tent prepare food and coffee in the sanctuary camp across Saddle Road.

Medics circulate throughout the area passing out fruit, water, and sunscreen.

Arrests came on Wednesday — along with a show of force by state and county police, who withdrew by the evening.

Thursday was mostly quiet.

One leader of the movement taught classes on non-violent techniques for resisting arrest.

A highlight of the day was when a flock of 20 endangered Nene geese flew over the assembled demonstrators.

The state announced Thursday that Mauna Kea Access Road is closed to unauthorized vehicles and pedestrians from the cattle guard on up.

No timeline for the start of construction has yet been provided.

Keep up on the latest developments on Mauna Kea here.