Church members in Hawaii are protesting against the construction of a massive telescope on Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano of great spiritual importance in Hawaiian culture. Large groups of demonstrators blocked the road to the summit, causing a number of elders known as kūpuna – some 80 years old – to be violently removed or even arrested.
Hollywood actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who grew up in Honolulu) has lent his voice, hooked up with protesters in Hawaii and brought his 151 million Instagram followers into the spotlight. Telescope (TMT) ̵
"The truth is at the heart of everything," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "The truth is, these people – our people – are the backbone and spirit of Hawaii and our culture, ready to die here to protect this very sacred land we stand on, it's not about progress I will do it. " Be always an advocate of scientific progress, but not at the expense of injured people. When we lead with empathy, we make progress through humanity. I remain optimistic that our leaders are doing the right thing for the people. Because in the end it really is the only thing that matters – people.
Johnson also appeared on local news channel Hawaii News Now to discuss the need for a respectful dialogue, "If things escalate emotionally, that's a sign that something needs to be done," he said is a very unshakable culture … they are peaceful, but they are so powerful that nobody goes anywhere. So I am optimistic that this will be a positive thing. "
Actor Jason Momoa The Honolulu-born American also used social media to express his solidarity with the demonstrators and praised Johnson for using his platform to raise awareness The Hawaiian Supreme Court definitely ruled that the project should continue in 2018. However, project manager Gary Sanders stated in 2017 that the location could be postponed if construction on the mountain turned out to be too problematic: " If we continue to encounter obstacles to place him in Hawaii [TMT]we would be very pleased to be able to build it in the Canary Islands. With the TMT on La Palma we could do wonderful astronomy. "