Last week, numerous celebrities including actors Jason Momoa and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined Native Hawaiian protesters around the Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Native activists in the region have been fighting against the construction of a giant telescope on the mountain for many years. Over the past several decades, astronomers and universities have been constructing large observatories on sacred native land.
13 observatories have already been constructed in spaces that are sacred to the native culture, and native activists believe that the newest project, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory, could be their final stand.
As the celebrities joined the protest last week, bringing international attention to the issue, Hawaii Governor David Ige rescinded a state of emergency order issued to disperse the protesters and issued a two-year extension on the construction.
Because #TMT construction is not imminent, I am withdrawing the emergency proclamation effective immediately. I remain committed to moving forward with this project in a peaceful way and will continue efforts to engage the community. https://t.co/5VVcEXMrGC #MaunaKea
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) July 31, 2019
Jason Momoa, who is also of Hawaiian descent, has been extremely supportive of the native protesters and has been using his platform to raise awareness about the issue for over a year. Momoa joined the protesters to show support, along with pop star Bruno Mars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and others.
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