Some drivers cited during anti TMT convoy because of flags flown on vehicles
An anti TMT demonstration got activists motors revving Sunday morning. Hundreds of motorists took to Oahu roads to drive home their message against additional construction on the mountain. Since the first convoy in September, organizers say they learned some lessons, especially communication.
"Constant communication with multiple members in our line so if there was a emergency vehicle coming from the back, then we'd know straight away up front," Joshlyn Rodrigues, Convoy co-organizer, said.
This drive started in Kapolei and ended in Kualoa. Along the way, one driver saw police pull over at least 20 people because of flags attached to their cars.
"As soon as we took the cut-off to the Mililani area, right after Mililani Tech Park and everything. They started pulling over people. First I see one, two, then about 10 of us got pulled over," Al Medeiros, a convoy participant, said.
The Honolulu Police Department have said any object that flies off or separates from a car could post a hazard to others. Fines range from $70 to almost $100. Al Medeiros was one of the cited drivers and plans to take it to court... He believes displaying items that represent his culture and beliefs is part of his first amendment right.
"Only now, with what's happening within Hawaii, and what's going on with Mauna Kea, within Kahuku, Kalaeloa, Sherwoods, that it's becoming an issue," Medeiros said.
One Waianae resident got a $75 ticket three weeks ago for license plate obstruction but he has no plans of taking his flags down.
"I'll take any ticket. I love the movement. For me, it's for the kids and that's our future and that's how it is," Del Verece, another convoy participant, said.
Not only was the convoy to support Mauna Kea, other aloha aina movements like Save Our Sherwoods and Protect Halau Ku Mana were also there to show support for each others causes to protect the islands.
"When people come out to show their support, it's a unification feeling and a feeling of family and connection that cannot be matched," Jamie Rodrigues, convoy co-organizer, said.
The Kiai, or protectors as they refer to themselves, say the next convoy is already in the works... No dates have been set, but they hope to keep preserving a place some consider sacred.