A TOURIST’S PERSPECTIVE, WITH WONDERFUL PICTURES. THESE TOURIST WERE INCIDENTALLY VISITING THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA ON 10/7/14, THE HISTORIC DAY A SUCCESSFUL BLOCKADE HALTED THE THIRTY METER TELESCOPE PROJECT’S GROUNDBREAKING IN ITS TRACKS:
Some native Hawaiian groups had petitioned against the project. For Hawaiians the mountain is sacred and so is high altitude. In their tradition high altitudes are a gateway to heaven. In the past, only high chiefs and priests were allowed at Mauna Kea’s summit. The mountain is home to one confirmed burial site and perhaps four more.