Kia'i, or protectors of Mauna Kea continue to gain support from around the world.

Members of the Lakota Sioux Native American tribe paid their respects on Wednesday.

Their leader says it's their way of saying mahalo and returning some aloha because Hawaii stood with them during protests at Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota where an oil pipeline threatened their ancestral lands.

The Hawaii Chamber of Commerce announced its support of TMT Wednesday seeing the project as a way to help grow and diversify the state's economy, provide unique education opportunities and contribute to science.

In a statement Chamber of Commerce President Sherry Menor-McNamara said, "We should honor and inspire ourselves to do better moving forward. This is a pivotal moment in our state, nation and world."