Ing said he has never witnessed anything like what’s presently happening on Mauna Kea before in his lifetime, a sentiment echoed by other activists in the state. The closest thing to this current movement he has seen in Hawaii happened back in 2015, when the Mauna protectors stopped the first attempt of the TMT construction. This time around, he said, the Native Hawaiian community is “more coalesced” and unified.

“When you go up on the Mauna, or just watching videos, you see a type of community that our current form of American capitalism just cannot provide,” Ing added. “No unnecessary hierarchy, there’s order, and just people have their different roles, everyone is playing their position really well, and all labor is visible and appreciated.”

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