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Protestors -- or Protectors, as they prefer to put it -- are still fighting the fight against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

What might usually be filed away as an Indigenous issue has gotten a lot of attention from celebrities and their followers on social media thanks to a campaign started by actor Jason Momoa back in April. Momoa, Native Hawaiian, is one of today's fastest rising stars, on the strength of his work in Game of Thrones and The Red Road, and his selection to be Aquaman in multiple future films.

Momoa started a campaign on his Instagram account, "We Are Mauna Kea," and immediately set about attaching Hollywood faces to it. It's easy to see how he wove his web of activism -- if you were a co-star or Hawaiian friend of Momoa's, you were gonna get the call. And many answered it by posting their own We Are Mauna Kea pictures. From there, the activism spread to other celebrities -- Hollywood acquaintances and famous friends of famous friends.

In addition to showing support in pictorial form, Momoa asked celebrities and followers to sign and publicize the Stop TMT Construction and Arrests of Mauna Kea Protectors petition at Change.org.
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Responses to "Jason Momoa Is Using His Celebrity Clout to Protect Sacred Land Mauna Kea in Hawaii"

  1. Iberostar says:

    Wonderful! Protect sacred lands.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the project fails, I hope he'll be donating the $2,000,000 annually that the TMT is investing in STEM education and workforce pipeline development to grow the next generation of scientific leaders from within the community. And I hope he'll find a way to generate the $90,000,000/year astronomy brings to the Big Island, the poorest of all Hawaiian islands, and the $168,000,000/year it brings to the state, since, if the TMT fails, it will likely be the end of astronomy there. And maybe he can throw some money toward the tax base since this debacle has already discouraged new business development. What would-be investor would consider Hawaii when a seven-year project that has painstakingly met every requirement asked of it was shut down because the State failed to act? Yes, Maunakea is sacred, and yes, the scientific and the sacred can co-exist. There are many native Hawaiians who support the TMT, they just don't have pecs like Mr. Momoa to scrawl it on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I've been to the top of Mauna Kea (the tallest mountain in the world, Everest is the highest). There's nothing at the top. It's a volcanic mound a few hundred yards from the road. There's no heiau (Hawaiian religious temple). There is nothing "sacred" about it. The ancient Hawaiians never even traveled close to the summit. Nothing grows up there. it is a barren wasteland, and when I was there last year, that sign wasn't there, while the road and the observatories (the most powerful in the world) have been their for decades. This guy is obviously seeking his 15 minutes of fame by promoting propaganda, and being a nuisance.

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