Dwayne Johnson doesn’t want construction of a telescope marring one of Hawaii’s most sacred places.
The actor was in Hawaii on Wednesday, where, according to CNN, he joined protesters blocking a road at the base of the state’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea.
Protesters were out in force to oppose construction of the $1.4-billion Thirty-Meter Telescope at the top of the mountain. The telescope’s construction was to begin in 2015 but was impeded by protests.
“I stand with you,” Johnson told the crowd, according to Time. “This is such a critical moment and a pivotal time. Because the world is watching.”
Native Hawaiian groups say that Mauna Kea is sacred, and point out that it is already home to a number of telescopes.
“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 said.
The “Hobbs & Shaw” star, who is originally from Samoa, lived in Hawaii as a child. He has also reportedly offered to help facilitate discussions between protesters and the state.