Maui solar telescope protesters ready for another attempt to block convoy after recent arrests

Associated Press

Protesters are mobilizing to again attempt to block a convoy delivering materials to the construction site for a Maui solar telescope.

The protest is inspired by a fight to stop a giant telescope from being built on Hawaii's Big Island. Protesters on both islands cite the sacredness of the land as a driving force behind the opposition.

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On Wednesday night, a slow-moving convoy is set to deliver construction materials to Haleakala, where the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope is being built.

Protesters say they'll be at the base yard where the convoy is leaving from and at the road leading up the mountain.

Twenty people were arrested last month when protesters laid down on the road in front of the convoy. Despite the protests, all three truck loads reached the summit.