Demonstrators starting to feel impacts of weather conditions on Mauna Kea
Protests against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope enters a second week.
Over the weekend an estimated 2,000 people gathered at the base of Mauna Kea where some are starting to feel the impacts of the conditions.
Temperatures and conditions have changed Monday morning with a high average in the low 40s with wind.
However, as the day progresses demonstrators must deal with the heat and blazing sun.
Many demonstrators who have been at the base of Mauna Kea since last week are determined to brave the elements. Medics tell KITV4 that these elements are taking a toll on people, especially on kupuna.
"Tremendous amount of sunburn and windburn. We've been having exhaustion, emotional and mental trauma. It's been incredibly dramatic for our people to see our kupuna threatened in such a terrifying way," Dr. Kalamaoka'aina Niheu of Mauna Medics said.
A mobile clinic has been set up at the base of Mauna Kea and is staffed with nurses and paramedics. All the medical supplies they have has been donated.
Demonstrators so far have been treated for sprains, dehydration, and mild hypothermia.