Crowds gather on Maunakea prior to TMT project start

Hundreds gathered at Puu Huluhulu throughout the weekend in anticipation of state officials’ plans to close the Maunakea summit access road before construction gets underway on the Thirty Meter Telescope. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

PUU HULUHULU — With less than 24 hours before the Maunakea summit access road was expected to close in anticipation of the start of construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope, hundreds gathered here over the weekend offering oli, mele and prayers as part of a peaceful yet determined demonstration at the base of Maunakea.