Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Joins Native Hawaiians in Protest against Telescope Project on Mauna Kea
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was among the native Hawaiians at the base of Mauna Kea for the Thirty Meter Telescope protest -- a peaceful means to show disapproval of a telescope project, which will reach up to $1.4 billion
On Wednesday, “Jumanji” Welcome to the Jungle” actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, made a special public appearance to join the natives of Hawaii in peacefully fighting against the $1.4 billion telescope project that will take place at the top of Mauna Kea volcano, said reports.
“What I realized today… It’s bigger than the telescope,” Johnson said. “It’s humanity. It’s the culture. It’s our people, Polynesian people, who are willing to die here to protect this land -- this very sacred land that they believe in so powerfully.”
THIRTY METER TELESCOPE
The protest has been going on for ten days on Wednesday, after starting on July 15 -- the same day the Thirty Meter Telescope was scheduled to begin being built. Locals immediately took action and blocked the roads; some even tied themselves to the gate of the construction area.
The project is being funded by both private companies and public universities across the globe, including California, Canada, China, India, and Japan. The already present telescopes situated on the mountain have since been suspended.
Native Hawaiians are fighting for what they believe is something that should not be done on “sacred land,” despite the magnificent view of the skies it may show. With the growing number of people joining the protest, The Rock urged officials to pay attention to the situation.
“When things escalate to the emotional apex, that is a sign that something has to be done. To full charge ahead isn’t the way to do it,” the actor added.
Johnson, an actor and professional wrestler, is a has both Samoan and black roots, and has been one to do the right thing and give back.
California-born Johnson attended high school in Hawaii, making the place special to his heart. During the protest, he called for better leadership to join the picture and work with the people.
“A great leadership has to step in. There needs to be leadership with empathy,” he said. “The whole idea about this [protest] is not about stopping progress. It’s not about stopping science. It’s about respecting a culture and respecting people doing things the right way.”
Johnson, an actor and professional wrestler, is a has both Samoan and black roots, and has been one to do the right thing and give back. His excellent character has made him one of the most successful Hollywood actors.
PAYING IT BACK
To pay it back, Johnson bought his father a brand new house. He shared that the news left his father speechless and appreciative. He considered properties in North Florida as he identifies himself as a “Florida boy.”
“No one ever called to tell me they were gonna buy me a house before and the fact that it’s you, it’s my son, I’m so proud of you, and I love you so much,” his father said.