*cracks knuckles* okay
So, Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano on the main island of Hawaiʻi (not just the name of the state, one of the islands is also named Hawaiʻi). It’s close to 14,000 ft above sea level. It is one of the most sacred mountains in Hawaiian culture (presumably because it is the highest peak in the islands). It’s known as one of the best sites for astrological observations, because of that, there are 13 telescopes that have already been constructed. In April 2013, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was approved to built & it would be the second-largest telescope ever built. Many people (most of whom are Native Hawaiians) are protesting the building of this telescope because it’s desecrating ancient sacred lands, to which don’t legally belong to the State of Hawaiʻi or the United States.
Going into that, a little history lesson: Hawaiʻi was once known as the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi until the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1893 after the previous king, King Kalākaua, was forced to sign the 1887 constitution, which stripped the Hawaiian monarchy of much of their authority to America. He was forced at gunpoint to sign the constitution or else he would die. Therefore, due to illegal pressure of the signing of the constitution, Hawaiʻi should not be considered a US state, instead be known as an illegal territory. Because of this, many people believe that the state shouldn’t have any control over these lands as it belongs to the native people. This along with the fact that, y’know, they’re desecrating sacred land, is the reason for the protests that are occurring.
Addressing the post, the girl who claims that it “isn’t a big deal” for “just one more” telescope to be built is absolutely false. Just because the US is building on Native American sacred grounds all the time does not make it okay. It’s just like saying “people are smashing ancient Native American pottery, so it’s okay for people to destroy Native Hawaiian artifacts”. The more people post about Mauna Kea and the more publicity this cause gets, the higher the chance of construction stopping. The United States has already taken away so much from our islands, from our language (see Act 57, sec. 30 of the 1896 Laws of the republic of Hawai’i) to our waters (Pearl Harbor), it’s time for it to end.
Please sign this petition to show your support to stop the TMT construction.
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)