Protests spread as activists fight telescope

  • Kumu hula Bradford Ikemanu Lum, left, greets with kupuna Noe Noe Wong-Wilson during the seventh day of protests against the TMT telescope on Monday, July 22, 2019, at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
  • The intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and Daniel K. Inouye Highway is seen before dawn during the seventh day of protests against the TMT telescope on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
  • Lt. Gov. Josh Green, right, walks with Noe Noe Wong-Wilson on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
  • Bradford Ikemanu Lum performs an oli and presents ho'okupu to kupuna during the seventh day of protests on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
  • Kupuna Emily Na'eole, right, of Puna, gives testimony as other kupuna become emotional during a circle discussion with Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. Demonstrations against a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest peak have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu's tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

HONOLULU — Demonstrations against the Thirty Meter Telescope have spread to New York, Las Vegas and Honolulu’s tourist mecca of Waikiki as Native Hawaiians push to protect what they say is a sacred place.

In Nevada, a few hundred Native Hawaiians and former Hawaii residents gathered under the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to show their solidarity with protesters back home.

Elsewhere, video on Twitter showed a few dozen protesters chanting and holding signs and flags in New York’s Union Square.

In Waikiki, hundreds of people marched on sidewalks past tourists and high-rise hotels in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope.

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