Telescope Builders Blocked at Sacred Hawaiian Mountain

Hundreds of protesters blocked workers trying Wednesday to restart work on a giant telescope atop a mountain considered sacred by many Native Hawaiians. Telescope spokeswoman Caroline Witherspoon said that the nonprofit company building the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island's Mauna Kea said the crew was on its way after a two-month delay in construction. The delay stemmed from a similar protest in April that led to 31 arrests. Kahoohaki Kanuha, a protest leader, said activists blocked the crew's vehicles at 9,200 feet in a peaceful effort to prevent construction from resuming on sacred land. The building site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes is about 8 miles away.