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Hawaii governor asks local mayor to lead protester talks

Jul. 23, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is asking Hawaii County's mayor to lead efforts to find common ground with protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope at the summit of the state's tallest mountain. The governor last week indicated he was willing to talk to protesters, who have prevented...

Protests spread as activists fight telescope in Hawaii

Jul. 23, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents...

The Latest: Hawaii Lt. Gov. says protesters aren't leaving

Jul. 22, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests against a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green says there will have to be a compromise in order for the Thirty Meter Telescope project to go forward but doesn't know if that's possible. Green says Native...

The Latest: Power restored to nearly all utility customers

Jul. 22, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage on the island of Kauai (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A utility company says it has restored power to nearly all of its 33,000 customers on Kauai. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says that the island-wide power outage began at 2:30 p.m. when the main...

Utility says most of a Hawaiian island is without power

Jul. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A utility company that serves about 33,000 customers on the island of Kauai reports that power is out on most of the island. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says in a Facebook post Sunday that it is trying to determine the cause of the problem and expects that it will take at least two...

Opponents of giant Hawaii telescope launch protest march

Jul. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of a planned telescope on Hawaii's highest peak have launched a protest march. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that activists opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope started marching Sunday morning in Waikiki. Last week, hundreds of protesters blocked a road on the...

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

Hawaii officials want a peaceful end to telescope protests

Jul. 19, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii said Friday that they will not call up additional National Guard troops or use force on peaceful telescope protesters blocking access to the state's highest peak. Gov. David Ige said that his priority is to keep everyone in the community safe, including the activists at...

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe

Jul. 19, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies? Scientists are expected to explore those and other fundamental questions about the universe when they peer deep into the night sky...

The Latest: Mayor: No National Guard for telescope protests

Jul. 19, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on protests of a telescope on Hawaii mountain (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim says the state will order National Guard to stand down and that police will not immediately use force to remove peaceful telescope protesters blocking a road to the summit of...