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June 16, 2015
The Office of Maunakea Management invites community members to attend upcoming Public Open House meetings to give input pertaining to suggested rules governing public and commercial activities within UH managed lands on Maunakea.  

OMKM will be in Kona on Tuesday, June 23 (West Hawaii Civic Center);

Hilo on Wednesday, June 24 (ʻImiloa Astronomy Center); and
Waimea on Thursday, June 25 (Kuhio Hale DHHL West Hawaii District Office).

All Open Houses are from 5:00 to 7:30pm.   

Detailed information is below.



The Office of Maunakea 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 Maunakea Management and the Board of Regents established the Maunakea Management Board in the fall of 2000. The Maunakea 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.