Tuesday 20 August 2019

Dwayne Johnson visits Hawaiians protesting against telescope

Protesters have been blocking a road for the last 10 days to prevent construction of the telescope on Mauna Kea’s summit.

Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson visits with kupuna, an honoured elder, during a visit to the protest site blocking the construction of the TMT telescope (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser/AP)
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson visits with kupuna, an honoured elder, during a visit to the protest site blocking the construction of the TMT telescope (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has visited Native Hawaiian protesters who are blocking a road to prevent the construction of a giant telescope on Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

Johnson reached the protest camp on Mauna Kea as dancers performed hula and chants.

He exchanged nose to nose greetings – called honi – with protesters and then went into a tent to meet elders.

Johnson spent part of his childhood in Honolulu.

Johnson’s production company Seven Bucks Productions is making a movie about the life of King Kamehameha the Great, the leader who first unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.

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Dwayne Johnson talks to opponents of the TMT telescope (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Johnson will star in the title role.

Protesters have been blocking a road for the last 10 days to prevent construction of the telescope on Mauna Kea’s summit, which some Native Hawaiians consider to be sacred.

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