I was raised hunting on this mountain. The birds, goats, pig, sheep we had the honor to receive from Mauna Kea fed my young body both nutritionally and spiritually. To honor and protect our sacred lands is one of the challenges for those of us currently walking this earth.
The TMT telescope will be far larger than any telescope currently on the mountain, in fact the footprint will be similar to a college football stadium. The sacred Lake Waiau could be damaged by this construction. It is not understood why Mauna Kea has been chosen as the site of this telescope which many experts believe could provide far clearer data if instead located in space.
Today was the first day of protest. There was an energy different than I've felt... it reminded me of the energy in the 1970's-80's around releasing the island of Kaho'olawe from the use of military target practice. Similarly, I don't think this protest will be short lived or quickly solved.
The plan was for some people to hold signs along the saddle road at the base of the road up to the summit of Mauna Kea. Meanwhile, others would participate in prayer. However, the urge to create a blockade spontaneously emerged as the energy stirred in many hearts. Eventually, some more individuals felt called to go up the mountain to participate in the blockade. I did not feel that urge, but instead settled in more deeply into prayer. It was asked by one of the kupuna that if there were some of us present who born on the island if we could stay at the bottom to pray and connect into the mountain deeply so that we may hold safely those who went to participate in the blockade.
I may currently call the open skies of Arizona home but I make myself at home wherever I may be! After a decade of working in radio as a presenter, producer, and recording engineer and having had the opportunity to record many respected international musicians I eventually stumbled upon yet another path less traveled. The journey...