The Latest: Tours cancelled to support telescope protesters
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local):
Some Hawaii businesses are cancelling tours and shows to demonstrate their support for protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope.
Old Lahaina Luau on Maui called off its nightly luau for Monday. The show, which seats 450 people, had been sold out.
Skyline Hawaii suspended zipline operations on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui. It also cancelled its tours to the summit of Haleakala, Maui’s tallest peak, and to the small town of Hana.
Both businesses will resume normal operations on Tuesday
Native Hawaiian protesters have been blocking a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea since last week to stop the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Protesters say the observatory will further harm a site they consider sacred. The summit is already home to 13 telescopes, though five are due to be decommissioned in a concession to telescope opponents.
Some state and local lawmakers want the governor of Hawaii to rescind his emergency proclamation allowing authorities to restrict protesters’ access to a mountain where a giant telescope is planned.
Ten Hawaii state lawmakers and county council members said Monday the proclamation by Gov. David Ige violates the spirit of a law intended to help communities during natural disasters or threats to public safety.
They say neither describes the current situation involving demonstrations against the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Native Hawaiian protesters have been blocking a road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea, a site they consider sacred.
The crowd of demonstrators swelled to 2,000 people over the weekend. About 1,000 were at the site Monday halfway up the mountain.