All Hawaii Stand Together – We can’t keep on desecrating.

“All Hawaii Stand Together”

Protet Mauna Kea
      Some years back, Hawaiian legendary composer and musician, Liko Martin, wrote a song entitled “All Hawaii Stand Together – Hawai’i Loa Ku Like Kakou. That song has become a modern day anthem of Hawaiian sovereignty to save the land. Liko Martin, together with Laulani Teale, Kaliko Kanaele, and others, sang that song on Tuesday, Oct. 7th a top Mauna a Wakea — Mauna Kea. The occasion was a coming together, especially of young Native Hawaiians, to protect the Mauna from the desecration of building a $1.4 billion dollar, 18 story high Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in the summit area. Hundreds of people chanted and prayed with aloha at Pu’uhuluhulu to protect Mauna Kea. Dozens then traveled to the summit area to chant, pray and offer ho’okupu and through peaceful, non-violent action block the ground breaking ceremonies for the TMT.

      Kaliko Kanaele of the Royal Order of Kamehameha put the matter sharply and spoke for many when he said “We can’t keep on desecrating.” The sacred Mauna is already dominated and desecrated by too many telescopes. Kaliko’s words of wisdom apply equally to the continued bombing at Pohakuloa, the drilling into Pele for geothermal energy, and the overall profit driven pollution of the planet causing a global climate crisis and endless wars.  “We can’t keep on desecrating.”

      It is time for people everywhere to stand together and put the sacred before the almighty dollar in both word and deed. It is time to demonstrate through our actions what God or Gods to whom we pray.  Stopping the desecration by TMT (Too Many Telescopes) on Mauna Kea is an important start.

      It is especially important that people of faith, whose god is not the dollar, — Catholics, Methodist, UCC, New Hope, etc. –all spiritual believers, stand in solidarity with Native Hawaiian practitioners in prayer and action to protect the sacred temple — Mauna Kea. We all have responsibility to aloha one another, especially the host culture’s spiritual beliefs in the place where we live and call home.

 See photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014   http://malu-aina.org/?p=2751

We can’t keep on desecrating.”

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.

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Photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014

Photos and articles about Mauna Kea Oct. 7, 2014

SELECTED PHOTOS & NEWS LINKS from October 7th, 2014—An amazing day of unity that ended up shutting down the groundbreaking ceremony for the TMT mega-telescope on sacred Mauna Kea. This is a selection of photos from social media, reposted via Hualalai N Alohi Keohuloa, Evan Bordessa, Occupy Hilo & others. ‪#‎protectmaunakea‬ ‪#‎buildingTMT‬

***Selected news articles & video links:

*Hawaii telescope groundbreaking, blessing delayed
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26729950/hawaii-telescope-groundbreaking-blessing-delayed
* Hawai’i Tribune-Herald: TMT groundbreaking disrupted
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/tmt-groundbreaking-disrupted
* AP: Protesters halt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.chron.com/business/technology/article/Protesters-halt-Hawaii-telescope-groundbreaking-5807781.php
* KITV4: Protesters disrupt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.kitv.com/news/protesters-disrupt-mauna-kea-telescope-groundbreaking/28998256

* Video: TMT Opponents Halt Groundbreaking Ceremony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ4Gt35hs-s
* Video: Protesters halt Mauna Kea telescope groundbreaking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4dv8IU7LsA#t=72
* Video: Blockade Chant
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152814927386155
* Video: KITV4 news about the protests
http://www.kitv.com/news/mauna-kea-telescope-blessing-draws-protestors/29004510
* Video: Mayor Kenoi at the #buildingTMT blockade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_9VSamqdk

* UPI: Protestors object plans to build telescope on land sacred to native Hawaiians
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/10/08/Protestors-object-plans-to-build-telescope-on-land-sacred-to-native-Hawaiians/6821412737145/
* NPR: Protests Disrupt Telescope Groundbreaking In Hawaii
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/10/08/354477691/protests-disrupt-telescope-groundbreaking-in-hawaii
* SF Chronicle: Peaceful protest in Palo Alto against massive Mauna Kea telescope
http://blog.sfgate.com/hawaii/2014/10/07/peaceful-protest-in-palo-alto-against-massive-mauna-kea-telescope/#27343101=0
* Mauna Kea Protest Oct 7 Press Release:
http://sacredmaunakea.wordpress.com/
* MLPA Initiative funder pledged $250 million for Maua Kea telescope
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/10/07/18762577.php
* KHON2: Telescope groundbreaking ceremony on Mauna Kea delayed by protesters
http://khon2.com/2014/10/07/telescope-groundbreaking-ceremony-on-mauna-kea-delayed-by-protesters/
* Pacific Business News: Groundbreaking for $1.3B Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii delayed
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2014/10/07/groundbreaking-for-1-3b-thirty-meter-telescope-in.html
* China Topix: Native Hawaiians Halt Groundbreaking for TMT in Hawaii
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/15055/20141008/hawaii-protesters-telescope-thirty-meter-telescope-tmt-mauna-kea-mauna-kea-summit-native-hawaiians-hawaiian-protesters-groundbreaking-delay-blessing-ceremony-tmt-observatory.htm
* Maine News Online: Thirty Meter Telescope’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Thwarted by Protestors
http://mainenewsonline.com/content/14101079-thirty-meter-telescope-s-groundbreaking-ceremony-thwarted
* The Ecologist: Native Hawaiians protest ‘sacred mountain’ telescope
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2585795/native_hawaiians_protest_sacred_mountain_telescope.html

*** For background info about Mauna Kea see:
Sacred Mauna Kea wordpress:
http://http://sacredmaunakea.wordpress.com/
Indigenous Hawaiians Fight Proposed Telescope on Sacred Mauna Kea
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/24/indigenous-hawaiians-fight-proposed-telescope-sacred-mauna-kea-155426
Video: Sacred Mountain by Pua Case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSVUQK9Bq4
Mauna Kea—Temple Under Siege film:
http://www.oiwi.tv/channels/culture/mauna-kea-temple-under-siege/
Sacred Land Film Project—Mauna Kea:
http://www.sacredland.org/mauna-kea/
Protect Mauna Kea facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Mauna-Kea/138435822892206

Letter to the editor on Mauna Kea

Letter to the editor:

“We can’t keep on desecrating.”

All people of faith, whose god is not the dollar, — Catholics, Methodist, UCC, New Hope, etc. need to stand in solidarity with Native Hawaiian practitioners in prayer and action for the sacred temple –Mauna a Wakea  — Mauna Kea?  Kaliko Kanaele of the Royal Order of Kamehameha put the matter sharply in reference to the $1.4 billion, 18 story, Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) planned for the Mauna when he said: “We can’t keep on desecrating.”  Kaliko’s words of wisdom apply not only to Mauna Kea but equally to the continued bombing at Pohakuloa, the drilling into Pele for geothermal energy, and the overall profit driven pollution of the planet causing a global climate crisis.  It is time for all people of faith to come together and put the sacred before the almighty dollar and demonstrate through our actions what God or Gods to whom we pray.  Stopping the TMT (Too Many Telescopes) on Mauna Kea would be a good start.

Jim Albertini

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BY JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

Associated PressOctober 7, 2014 Updated 55 minutes ago

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HONOLULU — Protesters disrupted a planned groundbreaking and Hawaiian blessing ceremony Tuesday for the construction of one of the world’s largest telescopes near the summit of the Big Island’s Mauna Kea.

The groundbreaking for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope was being shown via live webcast because of limited access to the construction site in an area at 14,000 feet elevation with arctic-like conditions.

It was more than an hour after the event was scheduled to begin when the webcast host, astronomer Robert Hurt, said the caravan of buses carrying attendees up the mountain “hit a snag” and would be delayed. He later said the delay was due to a group of people blocking access to the site.

The webcast later showed protesters yelling amid attempts to start the blessing. “We do hope we’ll be able to find a common ground and proceed with this in the future,” Hurt said before the webcast shutdown. It wasn’t clear when or if the event would proceed.

Some people oppose building the telescope in a place held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Kealoha Pisciotta said Monday her group, Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, planned to protest nonviolently by holding prayer ceremonies on the road at the bottom of the mountain. She said there were no plans to be disruptive or block people from attending the event. “We don’t want to bother the TMT people,” she said. “That’s why we want to do ceremony and ask for the healing — for both us and them, the TMT people.”

She and other members of her group couldn’t immediately be reached Tuesday.

The groundbreaking was to culminate years of permit applications and approvals from the University of Hawaii and the state land board. The university leases land from the state where the telescope will be built. The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the sublease in June and then later denied requests to contest the approval.

Opponents raised questions about whether land appraisals were done appropriately and whether Native Hawaiians were properly consulted.

The project was initiated by the University of California, California Institute of Technology and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy. Universities and institutions in China, India and Japan later signed on as partners.

Dignitaries from around the world traveled to Mauna Kea for Tuesday’s events, which Hurt described as marking “a new era in astronomy.”

The telescope should help scientists see some 13 billion light years away for a glimpse into the early years of the universe. Mauna Kea is the ideal location for observing the most distant and difficult to understand mysteries of the universe, astronomers said.

Its primary mirror promises to be 100 feet, or 30 meters, in diameter, made up of 492 smaller mirrors.

Pisciotta and Hurt both noted that the groundbreaking event was to happen on the night of a “blood moon” eclipse.

The webcast included pre-recorded segments from Star Trek actor George Takei. Pisciotta said her group bombarded his Facebook page with messages asking him to reconsider his involvement with the project.

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