Dwayne Johnson joins the ongoing native Hawaiian protest against the building of a giant telescope
There has been a massive protest in Hawaii by the native people against the construction of a massive thirty-meter telescope on a sacred mountain summit. The Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson popularly known by the name of “The Rock” recently visited these Hawaiian protesters in support on Wednesday.
The protesters are working hard to achieve what they are fighting for, earlier on Tuesday. These protesters prevented the Gemini Telescope technicians from entering into the summit for some sort of perform maintenance.
Dwayne came on the tenth day of the protest when the demonstrators were blocking the roads to the summit Mauna Kea. The state’s supreme court has approved the 41.4 billion worth telescope to be built at the location, and the people fear what damage it would cause to the land which is sacred for some native Hawaiians.
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Hard to express how strong the mana and how heavy the heart was when I walked this sacred land with these people – our people. This issue is much greater than a thirty meter telescope to be constructed on the Mauna. It’s humanity and compassion. Its respect for culture and approaching this with deep care and sensitivity. I’ll always be strong advocate for the advancement of science and technology, but never at the sacrifice of human beings who’s hearts are hurting thru mismanagement and breach of trust. I believe in forward progress, but only when it comes thru humanity. I don’t believe in leaving people behind, I believe in bringing people with us. The best of leaders find a way to make progress thru humanity and will always lead with empathy. I’m hopeful that leader will emerge to take care of the thing that matters most in this situation – the people. I appreciate the views shared with me from reps on both sides of this issue. It’s always healthy and critical to have open heart to heart dialogue. In the end, I stand with the people. #ProgressThruHumanity #LeadWithEmpathy #MaunaKea
Although Dwayne is a Samoan and is not of Hawaiian descent, he did spend the significant part of his childhood in Hawaii. The number of protesters has reached about 2,000 over the weekend, and while Conversing to them, Dwayne said that ” I stand with you” he continued saying that ” This is such a critical moment and a pivot time….because the world is watching”.
Welcoming The Rock, the dancers performed hula and chants on his arrival at the site of protest. He was also seen exchanging the nose to nose greetings that are called honi in the Hawaiian culture.
However, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, who is the governor’s envoy for the protesters, said he is trying to organize the first of many coming meetings with the Native Hawaiian leaders.
He also said that compromising over the telescope may give “us an opportunity to be better, and I hope we take advantage of it.”