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Protecting Mauna Kea: This Is A War

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Sitting outside the 10 by 20 foot makeshift tent that has served as my home for the last 34 days on Mauna Kea, I watch the tent poles shudder to the concussion of US Army howitzer cannons firing live shells at their training grounds below. When the wind blows just … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: This Is A War

Protecting Mauna Kea: Vocabulary for Haoles

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance I write these words from the floor of a warm corner of the men’s restroom at the Mauna Kea visitor center. The temperature outside is too cold for my laptop battery to take a charge and the restroom houses the only active plug, so I huddle in this corner … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Vocabulary for Haoles

Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

Will Falk writes the next entry in his “Protecting Mauna Kea” series after journeying to the sacred mountain’s peak. He contrasts the natural beauty and living community of the mountain to the impositions of industrial artifacts ― multiple telescopes in place already, with the buildings and roads necessary to support them. Falk addresses the facile … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on Hold Again

Story reprinted from Hawaii News Now Deep Green Resistance notes with exhilaration that activists on Mauna Kea have stalled desecration of the mountain. Resistance damages the system of industrial civilization, and even small successes rightfully encourage others to take on the mantle of activist. Resist now. Resist always.   HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Construction of the … Continue reading Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea on Hold Again

Protecting Mauna Kea: Pule Plus Action

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance I went up to Mauna Kea’s summit a few days ago to pule (to pray) with some of the protectors on a ridge inside the Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) proposed construction site. When we reached the site, we were confronted by half a dozen large men in orange … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Pule Plus Action

Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance I went to the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site near the summit of Mauna Kea for the first time, today. Four-wheel drive is recommended for the road that twists steeply with hairpin turns up the Mountain, so ten of us piled into a Kanaka uncle’s (older native Hawaiian … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

Protecting Mauna Kea: Talking Story

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Looking up at the still, lingering morning stars from the best stargazing location in the world early on the third day since my arrival at the occupation on Mauna Kea, my personal velocities catch up with me and I listen. I stand at 9,200 feet above sea level. North and … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Talking Story

Protecting Mauna Kea: They Hate Hawai’i

By Will Falk / Deep Green Resistance Trigger warning: This piece contains graphic descriptions of sexual and colonial violence. Hatred is one of the most misunderstood processes at work in the world today. Cops are killing young people of color while simultaneously maintaining they’re not racists and do not hate the people they’re killing. A … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: They Hate Hawai’i

Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

Will Falk’s third installment in his series on protecting Mauna Kea addresses this culture’s conflation of spirituality with superstition. Many proponents of the massive Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project dismiss out of hand the cultural concerns of Hawaiians who defend the sacredness of Mauna Kea and decry the construction of yet another telescope as desecration. … Continue reading Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

Protecting Mauna Kea: Stopping Murder-Suicide

When people have asked me why I am going to Hawai’i to help protect Mauna Kea and my answer involves words like “sacredness” or “spiritual,” I am surprised whenever I see the grimaces. I often get an explanation like this, “I support indigenous people, of course, but the telescope is for science. Isn’t it a little…superstitious to block an astronomy project for a mountain?” ... Continue reading →