The Struggle Continues

Darryl Wakinekona-Meyer

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To continue our discussion about the situation on Mauna Kea; the construction of the thirty-meter telescope by TMT was delayed until further notice. The Hawaiian people had played such an intricate part in the fight against the desecration of our sacred land that I wanted to get more of an inside look of one of the many people who joined our brother and sisters up-on the Mauna. 

One of our very own teachers/staff here at Saint Louis school has been up Mauna Kea and I had the opportunity of interviewing her and just trying to get an inside scoop of the situation/conditions up there. Miss Teulia Tauaese answered some of my questions to help me better understand the experience; one of my questions was, “How was the experience?” and she replied by saying that it was a life-changing experience, it shifted her views/approach to not only her personal life but also her professional one, it also prompted her to change her attitude concerning her students which involved more patience and understanding.  I also asked if she had seen or experienced anything she wasn’t expecting to happen. She said she visited Mauna Kea four times and she said each time she went it had evolved/upgraded from what it was the previous time. “When I first went up they only had about four porta-potties, but when I returned there were thirty”; she said the number of items/things for a basic living had been growing with each visit. She also mentioned there was a stoplight for oncoming traffic and the protestors.

Overall being on Mauna kea is a very life-changing experience and from this interview, I have learned that it has not only affects those on Mauna Kea now but also those who have visited and been able to come back and share their story. 

Miss Tauaese’s signature.