(BIVN) – Of all the celebrity supporters that have visited the base of Mauna Kea, where opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope have held their ground for over two weeks, none was more anticipated by the kiaʻi than Jason Momoa.
Momoa visited the mountain in 2015, after the first round of arrests over the proposed project. He helped make famous the words “We Are Mauna Kea”, after they were scrawled across his chest and shared to social media.
Since that time, Momoa has gone on to enjoy great success in Hollywood, most recently as Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe blockbuster.
Hawaiʻi was waiting to see if he would return to Mauna Kea in 2019, as the project – with full legal authority and the backing of state and county government – makes another attempt to ascend the mountain.
He missed the first two weeks of the standoff, during which time TMT opponents, under threat of arrest, gained control of the Mauna Kea Access Road. They have yet to give up that ground, and an emergency proclamation that was issued by the governor on July 17 was rescinded a few days ago.
“I’m so sorry I can’t be there right now. My ohana needs me. I love u all I love my people it makes me sick to see what’s happening now on our Mauna,” Momoa wrote on social media.
On Wednesday, during a windy and rainy day on Mauna Kea, Momoa and his family arrived. The video above shows the Hawaiian cultural protocols that took place, welcoming him to the kūpuna tent, and the hoʻokupu that he brought as an offering to the kiaʻi.
“I’m so very honored to be here, finally,” Momoa told the crowd gathered on either side of the Mauna Kea Access Road. “Sorry it took me so long. I’ve been busy,” he smiled.
“I tried to do everything I could display these moments around the world for everyone that loves their home lands,” Momoa said.
“We are not going anywhere,” Momoa said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Momoa later stood with the kiaʻi as they delivered an update to news media.