Pro-TMT demonstrators take to Hilo streets

  • Supporters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project lined up along Kanoelehua Avenue in Hilo during a rally Thursday in Hilo. (STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald)

  • Yvonne Verburgt shows support for the Thirty Meter Telescope project during a rally Thursday in Hilo. (STEPHANIE SALMONS/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — Yvonne Verburgt of Hilo is a retired chemist, a substitute teacher, and on Thursday, she was one of nearly 100 people lined up along Kanoelehua Avenue in support of the long-contested Thirty Meter Telescope.