We remembered Aloha ʻĀina at the ahu and, of course, the Mauna. Always we remember Maunakea.

By Lynette Cruz

Summer accesses are definitely hot! Access on Saturday, July 13, was no exception.

Smaller group, maybe 11 of us, not counting support staff and army personnel. It was great! I can say that because I get to ride, and I did ride up to the piko stone. Steady uphill climb, yikes! Too much for this old bod.

We were joined by four extraordinary young people. Hats off to the archaeologists, Dave and Angus, who are always willing to share info about the valley. Army staff and contractors were mellow, too, including Charles, Les, Kam, and the Major. How can heat contribute to mellowness? I'll have to think about that, lol.

In the valley we could see the clouds moving in and we hoped for light rain. Nadas. I thought everybody was pretty friendly, maybe because the group was small.

Mahalo to our own support crew, Shantell Cruz, Emilia Kandagawa, and Taylour Chang, who helped things run smoothly, brought snacks to share, and are always there to chime in when help or information is needed. We remembered Aloha ʻĀina at the ahu and, of course, the Mauna. Always we remember Maunakea. Ku Ki'ai Mauna. A'ole TMT. Love and energy to those on the front line.