State seeks person of interest after rocks found on Mauna Kea road

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The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking the public for information after rocks were placed on Mauna Kea Access Road.

They were found in the late afternoon on May 16 at the 5.5 mile marker of the summit road.

Officials say the rocks created a potential safety hazard as they were placed in the downhill lane, in the middle of a sharp, right-hand corner.

DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) interviewed workers on Mauna Kea, who reported seeing a man in the area just before and after rocks appeared on the road.

Photos taken by a Hale Pohaku Visitor Center security camera show a shirtless man carrying a plastic gallon container and walking uphill along the road. A telescope worker confirmed that this was the person they witnessed on the road at about the time the rocks were placed.

He is described as 5’5″ to 5’8″ with a slim build. He was seen wearing light-colored white to light gray-colored board shorts and slippers, with a black backpack. He was carrying an opaque plastic container.

Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to contact DOCARE at 643-DLNR (3567).

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