Over 50 people gathered atop Mauna Kea on Monday, and even more Tuesday morning, protesting against the building of the 14th 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea. The protestors rallied in hopes of delaying and halting the construction and TMT workers from starting the beginning stages of building a 30 meter telescope on Mauna Kea, calling the $1.4 billion project a decimate to sacred land and a dishonorable act for their ancestors.
Approximately 15 TMT and construction workers vehicles were blocked as a result of the protestors, though the people blocking the road allowed visitors through. The protestors voiced their concerns on how the building of the telescope will affect the islands fresh water and decimate a sacred cultural site. Many protestors have been outside the visors center for over 24 hours in attempt to stop TMT workers from progressing to the top of Mauna Kea. Workers eventually turned around to head back down the mountain after nearly 8 hours of waiting at the blocked road by the Visitors Center.
TMT announced they will be donating $1 million a year to benefit science, math and technology education on Hawaii Island. Many protestors argue that no amount of money can fix the detrimental effects of building on the sacred grounds of their ancestors.