Standing for Mauna Kea on Maui

The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo
The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

First photo: Maui residents line Hana Highway in protest of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Sunday morning. The demonstration stretched for about a mile from the intersection of Haleakala and Hana highways to just before Hookele Street. Residents have been rallying statewide in support of demonstrators who have gathered on Mauna Kea to block access to the summit and stop the construction of the telescope. On Sunday morning, the Royal Order of Kamehameha also gathered atop Haleakala for a ceremony, said Marcus Rodrigues of Pukalani, who camped on the mountain Saturday night. “They was doing ‘E Ala E’ right when the sunrise was coming up,” he said. “You could see Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala… It was just an experience like no other.”

Second photo: Brothers Makoa (left) and Kapena Vitcovich of Waihee wave Hawaiian flags along Hana Highway. “This is our culture, this is our land, and this is what we want to fight for,” dad Dougie Vitcovich said. “And if they take that, then they going end up taking everything.”

Third photo: Demonstrators sign-wave as cars race by honking their horns in solidarity on Sunday morning.