Governor David Ige on Wednesday issued an emergency proclamation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people on Hawai‘i Island and across the State of Hawai‘i, to also ensure the execution of the law, prevent lawless violence, and the obstruction of the execution of the law.
The emergency proclamation gives law enforcement increased flexibility and authority to close more areas and restrict access on Mauna Kea, according to the Governor’s Office. Allowing law enforcement to improve its management of the site and surrounding areas and ensure public safety.
“Our top priority is the safety and security of our communities and the TMT construction teams,” said Governor Ige. “This is a long-term process and we are committed to enforcing the law and seeing this project through.”