Asoneeason Momoa says plans to build Hawaii's Mauna Kea telescope will destroy Hawaii's "birthplace"
The 40-year-old actor joined protesters on the islands – where he also campaigned against proposed plans to build a Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on a sleepy volcano named Mauna Kia.
And, asonesson now said, the Hawaiians believe the mountain is "the umbilical cord of the earth," and so letting construction work take place would affect "the holiest" part of Hawaii.
He said: "It's kind of a cord to the ground. You know, if you think about the Hawaiian Islands, it's the largest mountain in the world, right? Up to. So, Mauna Kea is the most sacred. They also call it the belly button. This is like our hometown. You can imagine it in the middle of the ocean. That's how our islands were formed. So how can it not be sacred? “
While there are already Mauna Kea telescopes, most of them are volatile and are smaller projects than TMT.
Asonejason says he first heard about the planned telescope back in 2015 and is now determined to "bring awareness to the world"
He added for CNN: "It started in 2015, I heard the news about it and you know, it's my home. I'm Hawaiian. My nationality is. What was going on there just wasn't right. And I wanted to bring awareness to that. And I went there to meet everyone and from then on, it was only this constant as a commitment to bring awareness to the world. "
Meanwhile, on Aquaman The star has previously taken her two children – Lola, 12, and Nakoya-Wolf, 10, with wife Lisa Bonet – to Hawaii to take part in a peaceful protest.
He said while on the islands: "I just want to say thank you to the patrons and governors of this country and we are not going anywhere."
Author: BANG Foobiz