Video courtesy ‘Olelo Community Media, file video by David Corrigan
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Stewart Hunter, the general manager of Mauna Kea Support Services (MKSS), testified at Friday’s Board of Land and Natural Resources hearing in favor of new rules restricting access and activities on the mountain. MKSS operates the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center (closed since the June 24 arrests), the mid-level astronomy facilities, and maintains the 8 miles of access road to the summit.
Hunter detailed what he sees as harassment and dangerous behavior by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope since the start of the blockade of TMT at the VIS crosswalk over 100 days ago. Hunter submitted daily logs maintained by VIS staff documenting the problems.
Hunter said that since the VIS was closed, 16 employees now face the loss of their jobs.
DOCUMENT LINK: VIS event log (prepared by Mauna Kea VIS staff)