Hawaii County Mayor Kim said Monday he met Native Hawaiian community leaders, including many from Oahu. He says the group didn't include protesters currently blocking a road to Mauna Kea's summit, where an international consortium has a state permit to build a telescope. Kim says he met with protest leaders earlier when he visited the spot where they are blocking the road.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige last week asked Kim to take the lead on finding common ground with protesters. The protest is on its 15th day.