DLNR: Protest might be harming endangered plants

  • This photo taken July 15 from Puu Huluhulu across from Maunakea Access Road shows the location of the protesters’ camp. (Tribune-Herald/file photo)

  • An ‘anunu vine, photographed in 2004 on Puu Mali. (Forest and Kim Starr/Starr Environmental)

HILO — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is investigating how the occupation of Maunakea Access Road might be harming a rare native Hawaiian plant and several other endangered species.