TMT opponents say grassroots activism is key to conveying their message
The most recent poll from the Honolulu Star Advertiser reveals a sharp decline in support for the Thirty Meter Telescope construction on Mauna Kea.
Factors contributing to the recent increase in opposition according to TMT opponent Kumu Hina Wong.
“The resilience and commitment of my people is being recognized,” said Wong.
However, one important factor she mentions is the consistent activism from young people throughout the protests.
“What’s most important is that our young people remain politically active,” she adds.
Wong’s son, Hema Yam-Lum founded the group Na Koa Aloha Aina, which aims to teach people about the importance of respect for Hawaiian land.
“I have gathered a group of young and mature leaders to go to communities. I am seeing an increase in people that want to be a part of any group,” said Yam-Lum.
He added that maintaining a presence on social media is important as well.
TMT opponent and demonstration leader on Mauna Kea, Kaho’okahi Kanuha, explains “I’m proud of the fact we’ve been not only able to stop construction we’ve been able to change the minds of people.”