Maunakea on the mind. Council committee hears concerns about police protecting TMT

  • Mayor Harry Kim talks Monday to the County Council Finance Committee about his vision for Maunakea. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today).
  • The crowd reacts as testifiers Monday address the County Council Finance Committee about Maunakea. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today).
  • Police Chief Paul Ferreira and Mayor Harry Kim on Monday address the County Council Finance Committee about Maunakea. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today).

HILO — Prayers, chants and tears — and an outburst or two — marked an afternoon of testimony Monday as more than 50 people shared their mana‘o about Maunakea and the impending construction of a massive telescope there.