Governor David Ige held a press conference Friday morning regarding the latest developments on Mauna Kea and the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
During the press conference, Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda defended law enforcement officers saying they have been respectful of the protest movement.
Governor Ige called for the public to stop “cyber bullying and hateful speech” and threats and attacks that do not “represent who we are.”
Violations made atop Mauna Kea could be investigated. Although, Attorney General Clare Connors would not comment on ongoing terroristic violations, or potential extortion investigations.
When asked, 'where does 1st amendment come in?' authorities said that it does impact ability of public servant to do their job.
Officials say it is important not to involve protest leaders in these threat cases, but they're asking the public to be mindful of language and messaging in social media.