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DLNR NEWS RELEASE: Second round of arrests on Mauna Kea under emergency rule

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

(HILO) – Eight people were arrested early this morning at a protest camp across the road from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center on Hawaii island.  Seven women and one man were arrested for being present in the restricted area, outlined in the emergency rule passed by the Board of Land and Natural Resources and signed by Governor Ige.  All of those arrested were transported by the Hawaii County Police Department to Hilo for booking.

This is the second law enforcement action on Mauna Kea, since the enactment of the 120-day-long emergency rule, intended to establish safe conditions on the mountain for protestors,  observatory workers and visitors.  During an earlier round of enforcement on July 31, 2015, six  people received citations and seven people were arrested.


Bronson Kobayashi-23, Hilo

Sandy Kamaka-46, Kailua-Kona

Hawane Rios-36, Kamuela

Jennifer Leina’ala Sleightholm-41, Waikoloa

Shanell Subica-43, Kailua-Kona

Kuuipo Freitas-26, Kona

Patricia Ikeda-65, Captain Cook

Ruth Aloua-26, Kailua-Kona

Bail for Kobayashi was set at $1000 due to being a repeat offender.  Bail for all others was set at $250.

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