Hawaii land board votes to limit access to Mauna Kea amid protests over giant telescope

Associated Press

Hawaii officials have voted to impose an emergency rule to restrict access to Mauna Kea after protesters blocked construction of a giant telescope.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1LXtiYJ ) that the Board of Land and Natural Resources voted 5-2 Friday night on the 120-day rule. The rule restricts being within a mile of the mountain's access road during certain nighttime hours, unless in a moving vehicle, and prohibits camping gear.

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It would allow construction to resume on the Thirty Meter Telescope, the subject of months of protests. Many Native Hawaiians consider the mountain sacred.

More than 100 people testified during the eight-hour meeting. The board went into executive session around 9 p.m. and came out for deliberations after 10 p.m.

Protest leaders say they won't stop keeping constant vigil on the mountain.