26 Sep Jonathan Cartu States Police arrest 30 protesters at Sherwood Forest construction…
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m.
Police have reopened Kalanianaole Highway in both directions near Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.
After over an hour of peaceful protests, around 30 protesters who had been sitting in the road blocking construction vehicles and police from entering Waimanalo Bay Beach Park have been arrested.
The construction vehicle was escorted into the park immediately afterward.
The remaining protesters are singing and chanting while police officers continue to block the road using their bicycles.
Ten protesters have been arrested so far, almost all of whom have chosen to be carried by HPD officers and placed into transport vehicles.
“I think you should work for this one,” one of the protesters said apologetically before being lifted from the road.
Officers have been arresting sitting protesters individually over the last 20 minutes.
Police officers are blocking the road via bicycles, and arrested protesters and being carried onto vehicles on Kalanianaole Highway, which is being blocked in both directions.
The standoff and arrests have been peaceful.
Kalanianaole Highway has been closed in both directions near Sherwood Forrest at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park.
Motorists are advised to use Hihimanu Street as an alternate route.
The first protester was just arrested by HPD. He has been identified as Dale Evans, a Waimanalo resident. Others are being arrested.
At least 20 protesters are blocking a construction vehicle from entering Waimanalo Bay Beach Park. At around 8:30 a.m., about 40 HPD personnel arrived in vehicles and bicycles to escort a small excavation vehicle in the park.
Protesters rushed to the road to block them and are currently facing off with HPD. Five elders have decided to sit down in the middle of the road.
Protest leaders have asked those who are not prepared to get arrested to stay off the road.
Protesters have gathered at the entrance to Waimanalo Bay Beach Park’s Sherwood Forest at Kalanianaole Highway to prevent construction equipment from entering.
After hearing that heavy equipment and archaeologists are supposed to arrive this morning, opponents of the contentious renovation project to build a park in the forest have rallied to stop any vehicles coming in.
“The people of Waimanalo are prepared to protect the iwi kupuna (ancestral bones) at all costs,” said Kuike Kamakea-Ohelo, president of Save our Sherwoods, the group leading the effort to halt the project.
Like Monday’s rally, about 80 or so protesters are lined up along the highway at the park’s entrance. The difference is that today about half a dozen officers from the Honolulu Police Department are present just behind the entrance of the park.
“No parking” signs have been placed along either side of the park road.