MAUNA KEA – For the second time since the state enacted emergency rules on Mauna Kea, a number of arrests were made overnight at the site of Hale Kukia’imauna where the self proclaimed protectors maintain vigil in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Eight people were arrested, reports the Department of Land and Natural Resources. “Seven women and one man were arrested for being present in the restricted area,” DLNR said in a media release, “outlined in the emergency rule passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor Ige. All of those arrested were transported by the Hawaii County Police Department to Hilo for booking.”
Once again, DLNR filmed the incident and posted clips to their Vimeo account. The incident was also filmed – and livestreamed – by the protectors.
The video above was livestreamed by Ku’uipo Freitas, one of the arrestees
The law enforcement action comes just hours before a planned site visit to Hale Kukia’imauna by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. OHA has opposed the emergency rules.
DLNR says the 120-day-long emergency rule is “intended to establish safe conditions on the mountain for protestors, observatory workers and visitors. During an earlier round of enforcement on July 31, 2015, six people received citations and seven people were arrested.”
According to the state, those arrested were:
- Bronson Kobayashi-23, Hilo
- Sandy Kamaka-46, Kailua-Kona
- Hawane Rios-36, Kamuela
- Jennifer Leina’ala Sleightholm-41, Waikoloa
- Shanell Subica-43, Kailua-Kona
- Kuuipo Freitas-26, Kona
- Patricia Ikeda-65, Captain Cook
- Ruth Aloua-26, Kailua-Kona
DLNR notes bail for Kobayashi was set at $1000 due to being a repeat offender. Bail for all others was set at $250.