‘Stolen lands’: dozens arrested as Hawaiians protest $1.4bn telescope

Astronomers say site will offer unparalleled view into deep space, but many Native Hawaiians fear it will desecrate sacred mountain Dozens of people have been arrested on Hawaiis Big Island this week after hundreds of protesters stood, lay and even chained themselves to structures in an effort to stop the construction of a billion-dollar space observatory at the summit of Hawaiis tallest mountain. The protests are the culmination of longstanding controversy over the site of the proposed observatory atop Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Astronomers say the site will offer an unparalleled view into deep space. But many Native Hawaiians consider the mountain sacred, and fear the construction of a telescope as tall as an 18-story …