Traffic backed up near the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus and in Moiliili today as demonstrators marched for science this afternoon. One of hundreds of events across the world.
It started with a rally at 3:00 p.m. outside Bachman Hall.
The march started an hour later, crossing Dole and going down University Ave. to King St.
That meant the right lane, including the H-1 onramp was shut down as the demonstrators made their way to Old Stadium Park.
About one-thousand people were expected, but the actual crowd was likely larger.
“Science around the world has been under threat for some time, and we want to rally today to support the continued funding of science and the process. The process of scientific inquiry. Not only in Hawaii, but worldwide,” march organizer Helen Spafford said.
The March for Science was part of a national movement to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”
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Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society: “Without scientifically literate citizens, the United States, any country, in fact, cannot compete on the world stage. But today, we have a great many lawmakers, not just here, but around the world, deliberately ignoring and actively suppressing science. Their inclination in misguided and in no one’s best interest. Our lives are in every way improved by having clean water, reliable electricity, and access to electronic global information.”