For the past decade, Native Hawaiians have been fighting to protect their sacred mountain, Maunakea, from the construction of the world’s largest telescope.

In 1969, the first telescope was built on the summit of Maunakea. The University of Hawaii had permission to build a single telescope.

The TMT would be the fourteenth. It would also be the largest telescope on the summit, twice the size of the tallest building on the entire island of Hawaii.


On July 15, 2019,  the Hawaiian people blocked the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) from starting construction.

Maunakea is unceded and unrelinquished land taken from the Hawaiian Nation. Many native nations have come to Maunakea in solidarity.

On July 17, 2019, two days after the blockade began, 33 Hawaiian elders were arrested. Many of them continue to eat, sleep and pray on Maunakea.

For over four months, Hawaiian people, led by their elders, have held a blockade camp across from Maunakea Access Road.

Native Hawaiians have committed to peace and non-violence in opposing the TMT. We refer to this code of conduct as Kapu Aloha.

HULI – Hawaii Unity and Liberation Institute established the camp at Puʻuhuluhulu, Maunakea (Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu)

in collaboration with the Royal Order of Kamehameha

HULI has had a team on the ground since day 1.

HULI provides heavy logistical support, infrastructure support, media support, medic support, and educational support for the current stand on Maunakea.

Winter is here… snow has fallen on Maunakea. As we enter our fifth month at camp, law enforcement action could take place at any time.

On December 20, 2019, the 33 elders will begin their court trials for blocking the road on July 17, 2019.

Will you stand in solidarity and support these elders and our people for the next 33 days of giving? Follow us for updates.  Mahalo!