AQUAMAN‘S Jason Momoa, showed how he’s a real life superhero, joining protesters opposed to construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea, is the largest dormant volcano in Hawaii and its highest peak. Momoa joined the protesters blocking the main road to the peak which is 13,000 feet above sea level and is already home to a number of telescopes.
It is considered sacred ground by some Native Hawaiians.
One University of Hawaii professor saw the large gathering at the intersection of the road that leads up to the summit of Mauna Kea as an opportunity to create a Hawaiian-led education system by providing classes to protesters with the help of other educators present at the protest site.
Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang, a Hawaiian language instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said she first came up with the idea to start a community-led school or “teach-in” after witnessing the crowd swell in that first week from hundreds of protesters to thousands.
“It was basically me feeling like because we had the resources and knowledge here, that we should utilize it,” Ah Mook Sang said.
The classes at the community-run Puuhonua o Puuhuluhulu University focus on topics including indigenous rights, history and a variety of other subjects taught through a Hawaiian perspective.
Ah Mook Sang established Puuhuluhulu less than a week after the protests began July 15, calling upon her former professors and colleagues to assist her in teaching the classes. The school quickly grew to a daily schedule of four one-hour blocks with five concurrent classes. The educators, she said, come from a range of different professional backgrounds but keep the focus of the classes on subjects related to Mauna Kea and indigenous rights.
Moma who has born in Hawaii, told CNN, “I’m so very honored to be here … to bring my children and all my (family) here. There’s one thing that’s not gonna happen. That telescope’s not being built here.”