A Hawaiian man has sparked outrage online after posting a video of himself urinating on Mauna Kea – a mountain known as sacred to Native Hawaiians.
The offensive video was removed from Travis Upright’s Instagram profile after he was violently attacked for work.
It shows him urinating on top before holding up his middle finger to the camera and walking away from the screen.
Upright wrote on Instagram that he needed to go to the bathroom after his 11-hour walk.
Travis Upright posted a video of himself urinating on Hawaii’s sacred Mauna Kea
After relaxing, Upright stuck his middle finger up at the camera and reoffended
‘There’s a lot to do. I (thought) it looked cool with the clouds below me, so I took a video,’ he wrote. ‘And the last minute it turns out I’m the only one who’s dumb.’
His actions led to anger and abuse from fellow users. Upright has released three video tributes – each a little more heartfelt than the other, accompanied by a lengthy script.
He said: ‘I feel so sorry for you all. I was so proud and I just didn’t get it. I’m just getting started, and I beg your forgiveness…’
‘I’m sorry that I hurt so many people. I want to know what it means to preserve life and the most important and sacred land that I will protect with my life.
‘But not for me. But to be able to teach the generations after me. To end the pain for me. No more.
The video went viral but has now been taken down and Upright has apologized three times
Upright released lengthy apologetic messages alongside the video footage
‘I will do everything I can to understand more every day about the country and the people who run it,’ he wrote. ‘Not only here but everywhere.’
Upright’s triple apologies are getting more disturbing.
‘In all of this, you’re still on the rise,’ read one response online.
‘Just be quiet. True humility is not such a language,’ read one post.
The federal Department of Land and Natural Resources said the video ‘could be viewed as a form of disrespect’ but Upright will not face penalties because there are no federal laws against urinating on mountainsides sacred
His apologies are infuriating netizens who are suspicious of him
However, many who watched the first video of Upright self-healing were disappointed by what they saw.
‘This is very disrespectful to the land, the land and the culture of the Native Hawaiians here, including myself,’ said Hawaiian Island resident and Native activist Alfonso Kekuku to and KITV.
‘It’s just a sense of power and authority, almost saying, ‘I don’t care about my choices and actions here,’ and, ‘I’ll do whatever I do. I do whatever I want,” explained Kekuku.
But Kekuku appreciated Upright’s apologies.
‘I am very grateful that he was able to admit his ignorance and that he was able to come forward and talk about the nature of his crime,’ said Kekuku.
‘A lot of people moving here, tourists, current residents, need to really educate themselves about the cultural aspects,’ he said.
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the Bay of Hawaii at 13,795 feet. The volcano is ‘a very sacred place, considered a sacred place of worship, a home to the gods, and a bend of the Island of Hawai’i,’ the Department of Hawaiian Affairs explains on its website. .
In the past, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has tried to teach visitors how to respect Hawaii during their stay, even though Upright has lived on the island since he was born.
‘We will continue to do our best to encourage good behavior throughout our islands and communities, especially in Wahi pana or holy places,’ the HTA said in a statement.
Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the Bay of Hawaii at 13,795 feet.
The volcano is a ‘very sacred place, considered a sacred place of worship, abode of the gods, and the bend of the Island of Hawai’i,’ the Department of Hawaiian Affairs explains on its website. .
‘Piko’ is a Hawaiian word meaning ‘the point where life begins’, according to the National Park Service.