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August 5, 2019 | by  | in News | [ssba]

Mauna Kea

For years, kanaka maoli (Indigenous people of Hawai’i) have been protecting the sacred mountain Mauna Kea from desecration by Western science and the University of Hawaii. The University of Hawai’i seeks to build ‘the world’s largest’ Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on top of this sacred space. This has been legally contested in court. It was announced on July 15 that the road to the mauna would be closed to allow for construction to begin. Hundreds of peaceful protectors were drawn to the site, where the mauna is revered and considered kapu. 


Western media may lead you to believe the group on the mauna are protestors. The group on the mauna are not protestors. They are peaceful protectors. The land is innately connected to the Indigenous people of Hawai’i. Hawaiian history depicts Mauna Kea as a gateway to the heavens. 


The telescope is proposed to be built into the mountain and poses a threat to the water aquifer that exists directly under the mountain, as it may contaminate the aquifer with poisonous chemicals used in construction. 


It begs the question, why must the development of Western science come at the expense of indigenous land? Hawai’i is illegally occupied. It rightfully belongs to the kanaka maoli. 


For this reason, we must stand with Mauna Kea and Kanaka Maoli through the following actions: 


  • Sign the online petition that demands immediate halt to the TMT telescope
  • Make a donation to Mauna Kea Legal Defense Fund or the Mauna Kea Education and Awareness Fund
  • Use your platform on social media and in your communities to amplify the voices of our Aloha aina who are at the frontlines of Mauna Kea.
  • Help a buddy out if they thought the Mauna Kea symbol you were holding up was the illuminati sign. Not everyone is aware of what is happening in Mauna Kea, so encourage them to inform themselves. #EDUCATEtoLIBERATE 
  • Visit Pacific Studies Lecturer/Activist/Author Emalani Case’s blog He Wahi Pa’akai: A Package of Salt for 30 ways to stand for Mauna Kea when you cannot physically stand on Mauna Kea (one way for every metre of the TMT). 

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