Protester arrested in Sherwood Forest confrontation says Mayor's plan is not compromise
The fight is not over for protesters opposed to the planned re-development of Sherwood Forest in Waimanalo.
Pilialoha Callahan of Kaneohe was arrested along with 27 others after an intense confrontation Thursday with police and construction crews.
Callahan said she felt intimidated by the amount of police presence there, reportedly at least 60 officers, but added she was mentally prepared for the possibility of being arrested.
When asked about her reaction to Mayor Kirk Caldwell's plans to push through with phase one of the project, she expressed frustration that officials are not listening to the community.
"If people are continuously and clearly telling you 'a'ole and you still go for it, that's not a compromise," she said. " Until the people that are placed in this position of power actually listen to us, that's when it will be worth it."
Callahan says the protesters are regrouping and plan to be back on the streets.
They are also taking their fight to court by suing city agencies and the U.S. Department of the Interior in the hopes of stopping the $32 million project completely.
Like the Mauna Kea movement, protestors say they're protecting a place not only sacred to Hawaiians, but one of such cultural importance that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.