Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joins protesters at Hawaii's Mauna Kea mountain

Headlines 26/07/2019

Dwayne Johnson is a big man with an even bigger heart, which he has proven yet again after turning up to support the local protesters at Mauna Kea mountain in Hawaii.

Locals are trying to stop the construction of a giant telescope that's set to be built on Hawaii's tallest mountain, which is considered to be sacred or tapu to the native people. (Why does this story sound so familliar?)

Dwayne Johnson grew up in Honolulu and is of Samoan descent so he understands the wishes of the local people and hopes to give his support:

"What I realized today, and obviously I've been following this for years now, is that it's bigger than a telescope. It's humanity. It's culture," Johnson told reporters

"I wanted to come here and see our people and stand with them and support them," he added.

The opposition against the telescope has raged on for years, but protesters have been out in force for the last 10 days attempting to halt construction. The 30-meter telescope hoped to use the peak as a base for a $1.4 billion telescope that was initially supposed to begin construction in 2015.

The University of Hawaii pushed the issue all the way to the state Supreme Court, which ruled that they can go ahead with the project in 2018.