Students Occupy University of Hawaii President’s Office to Protest Secret Navy Installation on Mauna Kea

KHON reports the University of Hawaii’s President’s Office in Bachman Hall has been occupied by first time since 1969 by protesting students — who object to the university’s connections to the Navy which they say include classified facilities on Mauna Kea and Haleakala

The students are specifically objecting to the Navy’s University Affiliated Research Center or UARC. which includes classified research facilities at Mauna Kea, Haleakala and the Pacific Missile Range at Barking Sands on Kauai.

“This becomes a military university not a civilian university — that’s the difference,” said Prof. Noah Kent.

The proposed five-year contract could generate up to $50 million in research grants to UH from the U.S. Navy.