Iowan actor Jason Momoa has spent his summer protesting construction of telescope in Hawaii
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Momoa visited Native Hawaiian protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on Mauna Kea. USA TODAY
Many Iowans have spent their summer doing all those summer things: grilling, swimming, hitting up the State Fair and going on well-deserved vacations.
Iowa-raised actor Jason Momoa, widely recognized for his titular role in the movie "Aquaman," has spent his summer protesting the construction of a telescope in his native Hawaii.
Though raised in Norwalk, Momoa was born in Honolulu. At times joined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who lived in Hawaii during his high school years, Momoa has spent a great deal of time in the island state supporting Hawaiians in their efforts to prevent the Thirty Meter Telescope from being built on Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain.
The Hawaiians protesting the internationally backed telescope believe that Mauna Kea is a sacred site and see the planned construction of the telescope as a desecration of a fragile ecosystem.
While the international consortium in charge of the telescope has obtained a separate permit on the Canary Islands, they claim to still plan to build the telescope in Hawaii despite the ongoing protests.
In July, Momoa posted a video of himself with protesters on Mauna Kea surrounded by police.
Several weeks later, he posted another Instagram update showing him with Hawaiian protesters.
Last week, Momoa posted again from Mauna Kea again thanking members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who joined Hawaiian protesters.
"A huge mahalo to the members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that came to the Mauna yesterday to share their dances, support, love & solidarity with us," Momoa said in the post. "It means a lot for the people of standing rock to come to the mauna because we have kanaka here who have stood and stayed on their frontlines as well."
Momoa posted an image of a telescope being constructed in Japan in 1992 on Monday to illustrate what telescope construction necessitates and jokingly claimed that he would be unable to film "Aquaman 2" as he would be run over by a bulldozer before allowing construction of the telescope.
"F--- this... Sorry Warner Bros we can’t shoot Aquaman 2," Momoa said in his Instagram post. "Because Jason got run over by a bulldozer trying to stop the desecration of his native land. This is is not happening we are not letting you do this anymore."
On Monday, Momoa once again reiterated his support of the protesters, referring to him as "his heroes."
Momoa released a 12-minute video on his YouTube Channel on Thursday evening documenting the struggle fo the Hawaiian protesters to fight back against the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Aaron Calvin covers trending news for the Register. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-556-9097.
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