- MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – The around-the-clock vigil by opponents blocking the Thirty Meter Telescope from building on Mauna Kea continued over the weekend, despite a third notice delivered on Friday by state officers enforcing a new set of rules on the mountain. Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed protectors are raising health concerns at the location, where the state has closed the Mauna Kea Visitors Center, shut off the water, and closed the restrooms. Protectors say tourists coming to the mountain have been relieving themselves out in the open. On Thursday, they let DLNR officers know something had to be done.
- UPDATE (July 27 at 4 p.m.) The University of Hawaii informs us that two portable toilets were installed today in the lower Visitor Information Station parking lot.
UPDATE: NOTICES CONTINUE
UPDATE: (July 27 at 6:30 p.m.) In the time since we shared the photo above, Big Island Video News has had a number of requests to see the first “official” notice distributed by DLNR. That document is below:
- On Sunday and again on Monday, DLNR officers gave protectors written notice for a forth and fifth time. Now they are handing out a different paper that lists the specific violations they say are taking place. The DLNR is tasked with enforcing a new law that prohibits camping within one mile of the Mauna Kea Access Road, and also forbids anyone from being in the restricted area past 10 p.m. The Department of Land and Natural Resources asserts the self-proclaimed protectors have been in violation of those rules, but the protectors say their tent is under the jurisdiction of the Lawful Hawaiian Government.