Source: Instagram
Native Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa has led a social media campaign joined by celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, who is also of Hawaiian descent. Source: Instagram

How Jason Momoa Is Using His Celebrity Clout to Fight for Mauna Kea


Protestors -- or Protectors, as they prefer to put it -- are still fighting the fight against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii. On Friday, seven were arrested. What might usually be filed away as an Indigenous issue has gotten a lot of attention from celebrities and their followers on social media thanks to a campaign started by actor Jason Momoa back in April. Momoa, Native Hawaiian, is one of today's fastest rising stars, on the strength of his work in Game of Thrones and The Red Road, and his selection to be Aquaman in multiple future films.

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Momoa started a campaign on his Instagram account, "We Are Mauna Kea," and immediately set about attaching Hollywood faces to it. It's easy to see how he wove his web of activism -- if you were a co-star or Hawaiian friend of Momoa's, you were gonna get the call. And many answered it by posting their own We Are Mauna Kea pictures. From there, the activism spread to other celebrities -- Hollywood acquaintances and famous friends of famous friends.

In addition to showing support in pictorial form, Momoa asked celebrities and followers to sign and publicize the Stop TMT Construction and Arrests of Mauna Kea Protectors petition at

Jason Momoa kicks off the campaign

Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet

Zoe Kravitz, Lisa Bonet's daughter.

Emilia Clarke, a co-star from Momoa's 'Game of Thrones' days.

Jill Wagner, one of Momoa's 'Stargate: Atlantis' co-stars.

Martin Henderson, Momoa's foil on 'The Red Road.'

Nathalie Emmanuel, one of Momoa's 'Game of Thrones' co-stars.

Allie Gonino, one of Momoa's co-stars on 'The Red Road.'

Honolulu-born actor Kaiwi Lyman and Brandon Routh, who went to high school with Momoa in Iowa.

Actress Suki Waterhouse, who appears with Momoa in the upcoming film 'The Bad Batch.'

Singer Nicole Scherzinger, Native Hawaiian.

Actress Rena Owen, who appeared on 'The Red Road.'

Actress Rosario Dawson

Actor Ian Somerhalder of 'Lost' and 'The Vampire Diaries'

Actor Jai Courtney of 'Divergent' and 'Terminator Genisys'

Kelly Slater, professional surfing legend.

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants.

Actress Sofia Boutella of 'Kingsman: The Secret Service.'

Jason Momoa with protectors on Mauna Kea.

Jason Momoa on Mauna Kea.

Jason Momoa with protectors on Mauna Kea.

Jason Momoa on Mauna Kea.

Jason Momoa with protectors on Mauna Kea.

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