Taking Away the Road to Mauna Kea

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Leah Schretenthaler
printed on Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching

Mauna Kea is sacred to the Native Hawaiians and very important for researchers. In Hawaiian culture an ancient law allowed only high-ranking aliʻi to visit its peaks. By 1964, thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries have been constructed at the summit. Most recently, the Thirty Meter Telescope proposal and the beginning stages of construction created major protests from environmental and cultural groups that reached national headlines. Protesters blocked the road to prevent trucks from gaining access to the summit. In “Taking Away the Road to Mauna Kea” I have attempted to take away this road meaning the only way to journey to its summit is through rocky terrain and constantly changing weather.