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April 28, 2016

On March 26, the Office of Maunakea Management ohana joined the Panaewa community in the celebration of Prince Kuhio Day at their community center. The celebration was in honor of Hawaiian homsteads' benefactor, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Piikoi.

The OMKM team shared keiki friendly activities featuring Maunakea's cultural and natural resources, including displays of native arthropods found on the mountain, and coloring activities. Maunakea observatories and the Visitor Information Station set up telescopes to view the sun and offered a variety of astronomy related keiki activities along with free prizes. Highlights for the keiki were the Easter egg hunt with hidden prizes for kids of all ages, water slide, train ride, music and free shave ice!


"A big mahalo to Panaewa Community Association President William Brown and the Keaukaha - Panaewa Educational Division who organized this event. They extended the invitation to OMKM and the Maunakea Observatories to come and share what they do and the wonders of astronomy to the community," said OMKM Senior Advisor, Wally Ishibashi. "It was a fun day for all! Families really enjoyed the hands-on activities and learning more about our world."

OMKM looks forward to participating in their next event!  





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.
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.



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