(BIVN) – As the stand-off over the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is about to enter its 4th week, the project opposition has relied upon an ability to broadcast its message, independent of mainstream media.
So far, the kiaʻi have made effective use of social media, both written messages and live stream videos.
Using Facebook, organizations like Kāko’o Haleakalā, Kanaeokana, and more recently, Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu Maunakea have worked closely with opposition leadership to cover the events and share the moments across the world.
Now, supporters who are unaffiliated with opposition leadership are adding radio to the broadcasting tools.
From a small tent on the side of Saddle Road, roughly a hundred yards away from the Mauna Kea Access Road, Gene Tamashiro recently started broadcasting “Aloha Nation Live”, or what he calls Hawaiian Kingdom radio. He says it can be heard within five miles of the broadcast tent on 93.5 FM.
The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, does have a special class of radio licenses called Low Power FM Radio (LPFM), but a license is not what Tamashiro is seeking.
“We are FCC free,” Tamashiro said, “and the beautiful thing about this whole environment is this little village, this little community, the whole thing, according to the state of Hawaiʻi, is actually illegal.”
“However, it is lawful,” he added.
“We got a little generator,” Tamashiro said. “When and if FCC comes, we aloha them like everybody else. We say you have a claim, wonderful. Now, you are required in Hawaiian Kingdom law to bring forward evidence that your claim is true. Oops, no treaty of annexation.”
“We’re looking forward with Aloha to clarify status and the law with all concerned,” Tamashiro said.