Ige’s job approval rating tanks amid TMT debacle

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige’s job approval rating has sunk to a new low amid the ongoing standoff over the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea, though Hawaii voters have an even lower opinion of the Legislature.

TMT protestors make court appearance

HILO — It was mostly business as 28 protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project, mostly kupuna, or elders, made their initial court appearances Friday in Hilo District Court on obstruction charges for blocking construction trucks and workers from scaling Maunakea to start construction on July 17.

Roth turns over TMT protester cases to AG

HILO — The Big Island’s elected prosecutor is stepping aside, at least for now, from prosecuting criminal cases arising from protests of the planned construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea.

TMT traffic enforcement: 24 arrests, 2,237 tickets

The four-week-long campaign of enhanced traffic enforcement on Daniel K. Inouye Highway near the Thirty Meter Telescope protest and encampment site has netted 2,237 traffic citations and 24 arrests for 39 offenses, the Hawaii Police Department said Thursday.

DLNR: Protest might be harming endangered plants

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.

Kim preps Maunakea proposal

HILO — No police action occurred Monday at the Maunakea Access Road despite fears from Thirty Meter Telescope opponents that a major push from law enforcement is imminent.

TMT opponents expecting sweep this week

MAUNAKEA — About 1, 000 opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope massed at Maunakea Access Road by early afternoon Sunday as protest organizers summoned their supporters to prepare for a possible law enforcement sweep of the road sometime this week.