Ige: State spends $15 million on Maunakea access

Hawaii governor David Ige, second from left, walks with Big Island mayor Harry Kim as kupuna Noe Noe Wong-Wilson walks at right after a visit to the ninth day of protests against the TMT telescope on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the base of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. The governor of Hawaii on Tuesday visited protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on the state's tallest mountain while acknowledging that their grievances were not just about a new observatory but also about the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP, File)

Gov. David Ige said Monday that the state has “spent about $15 million in trying to provide safe and secure access for Maunakea” as the blockade of Maunakea Access Road by protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project has entered its sixth month.