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Issue 1014
October 23, 2014 
Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa, University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center, presents "Tropical Mountain Permafrost"

The University of Hawai`i at Hilo Physics and Astronomy department in conjunction with the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) invite the public to a talk on permafrost geomorphology tomorrow Friday, October 24, 7- 8 p.m., UH Hilo Science and Technology Building, Room 108.
Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa, a professor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Water and Environmental Research Center, presents "Tropical Mountain Permafrost," which highlights his areas of research in permafrost geomorphology, permafrost hydrology, and extraterrestrial permafrost. Yoshikawa's primary interest includes searching for and exploring pingos and icings around the world. These two quests by Yoshikawa - one into interior Antarctica and the other across the Sahara for an ancient pingo scar - are described in his biography Finding Mars.
Yoshikawa's research locations have included Svalbard, Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, Tibet, Canadian Arctic, and Mongolia. He has also organized and taken part in many field investigations, including searching permafrost at Mount Kilimanjaro, Mexico, Hawai`i and the Peruvian Andes.
For more information, contact John Coney at 932-7187 or email The website with further information is at:





The Office of Mauna Kea Management is charged with day-to-day management of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve as prescribed in the Master Plan. The adoption of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents in June 2000 marked a critical milestone in the management of Maunakea.


Meetings and public hearings spanning a period of nearly two years went into the formulation of the Master Plan, which established management guidelines for the next 20 years. The Master Plan reflected the community's deeply rooted concerns over the use of Maunakea, including respect for Hawaiian cultural beliefs, protection of environmentally sensitive habitat, recreational use of the mountain, and astronomy research.   


It places the focus of responsibility with the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH). The UH-Hilo Chancellor established the Office of Mauna Kea Management and the Board of Regents established the Mauna Kea Management Board in the fall of 2000. The Mauna Kea Management Board in turn formed Kahu Ku Mauna, a council comprised of Hawaiian cultural resource persons to serve as advisors.

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OMKM Mission

To achieve harmony, balance and trust in the sustainable management and stewardship of Mauna Kea Science Reserve through community involvement and programs that protect, preserve and enhance the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Maunakea while providing a world-class center dedicated to education, research and astronomy.