An ahu lele (platform for spiritual offerings) stands at the
summit of Mauna Kea in this scene from "Mauna Kea -- Temple Under Seige."
Film explores conflict over Mauna Kea
Stunning scenery of the Big Island's towering mountain glowing under the first light of day is reason enough to watch "Mauna Kea -- Temple Under Siege" on PBS Hawaii at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The documentary explains the sacred history of the volcano, and the burning conflict between those promoting the proliferation of astronomical observatories on its peak and the Hawaiian people who believe the land of their ancestors is unrightfully occupied.
Compiling years of footage and interviews, Hawaii-based producers Joan Lander and Puhipau captured a story that has attracted international attention for decades.
An interesting addition to the documentary explores a similar relationship the Apache elders of Arizona have with Mount Graham, a peak they have struggled to protect against observatory development.
The nearly one-hour show portrays Mauna Kea -- a physical, cultural and political symbol for the Hawaiian people -- in different seasonal moods with breathtaking footage.
For more information, visit www.namaka.com.