Inside the protectors’ camp: Night spent with protesters shows organized effort

  • Walter Ritte and Kaleikoa Kaeo attach themselves to a cattle guard on Maunakea Access Road Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Billy Freitas joins kupuna blocking Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators gather before sunrise at the Maunakea Access Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators gather before sunrise at the Maunakea Access Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kupuna are at the front of the pre-dawn demonstration Monday on Maunakea Access Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Dexter Keeaumaku Kaiama joins the predawn demonstration at Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Dexter Keeaumaku Kaiama joins the demonstration at Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A demonstrator blows a pu at the Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Honu Lafitaga is part of the Protect Maunakea group at the access road Monaday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators attach themselves to a cattle guard on Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators attach themselves to a cattle guard on Maunakea Acess Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators gather at the base of Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Gene Tamashiro holds protest signs at the Maunakea Access Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • David Prais is duct taped to bamboo poles across Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators stand at the Maunakea Access Road at sunrise Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Law enforcement officers from various agencies stand ready at the Maunakea Access Road Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Jojo, left, offers water to law enforcement officers at the Protect Maunakea demonstration Monday at Maunakea Access Road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators help push the Hawaii County Mobile Command Center to the side of the road after it broke down in front of the Maunakea Access Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Demonstrators help push the Hawaii County Mobile Command Center to the side of the road after it broke down in front of the Maunakea Access Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kahookahi Kanuha talks with an Attorney General Inspector on Maunakea Access Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Walter Ritte and Kahookahi Kanuha walk down the Maunakea Access Road after learning there would be no arrests on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Maunakea protectors gather at Pu‘u huluhulu at sunrise Monday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • State workers put up barricades on Daniel K Inouye Hwy on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I stands in front of an ahu at Pu‘uhuluhulu across from the Maunakea Access Road on Monday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

MAUNAKEA — Before dawn on Monday, two lines stood on either side of Daniel K. Inouye Highway near the bottom of the Maunakea Access Road.