On Saturday my wife and I were exploring the North Shore and in the late afternoon we ran into the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) protest in Haleiwa. We had stopped to eat at Cholo's and then have something to drink at the Coffee Gallery, but instead I spent almost all of my time taking pictures of the protest. They were protesting the proposed TMT on Mauna Kea but they were also celebrating protesting together. The protesters were primarily Hawaiian but welcomed non-Hawaiians who stood with them. They stood on both sides of the road and cheered and waved signs and flags as cars and trucks slowly drove by. Well-wishers honked their horns and waved ti leaves and flags. Every few minutes cars or trucks going both ways would stop and a group would go into the middle of the road for about 30 seconds, waving flags and shouting. When the protest was done, everyone went to an adjacent field where a Hawaiian kupuna (older person) thanked everyone for coming, commended them for protesting with aloha, and encouraged them to come the next day to another protest. The day ended with a Hawaiian pule (prayer) and a chant.
The focus of the blog is to share larger groups of shots than I can share in the galleries.