HONOLULU (AP) -- Protesters arrested while preventing construction from resuming on a giant telescope have returned to the Hawaii mountain they say they're protecting from desecration.
Hundreds of protesters who flocked to the Big Island's Mauna Kea on Wednesday successfully prevented workers from reaching the site for the planned $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope.
After workers encountered boulders in the road leading to the construction site, they turned around. A dozen people were arrested and charged with obstructing.
Those people posted bail, were released from jail, and returned to the mountain Thursday.
Kahookahi Kanuha is one of the protest leaders and among those arrested. He says they plan to remain on the mountain in case workers return.
The group trying to build the telescope has put construction on hold indefinitely but says it plans to resume "when the issue is resolved."