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May 5, 2016

OMKM Participates in Kealakehe Elementary School Science Day  
For the second year, the Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) was invited by Kealaheke Elementary School to participate in their Science Day, an afternoon of fun science with students and parents. Joining OMKM were  'Imiloa Astronomy Center, Institute for Astronomy, Summit Kinetics, Thirty Meter Telescope, UH Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM), and West Hawaii Astronomy Club. This year featured 'Imiloa's portable planetarium MANU (Modern and Ancient ways of Navigating our Universe.
There were hands-on learning stations with coloring activities, and OMKM's and CAFNRM's bug displays plus an opportunity to look at bugs up close with the aid of a microscope. Mark Chun, an astronomer with the Institute for Astronomy provided an exciting hands-on experiment demonstrating visually the vibrations that occur in waves. Did you know that stars sends out waves? The Thirty Meter Telescope folks kept students busy creating galaxy gak, adding color and glitter for stars and lots of fun creations for students to take home. Christopher Erickson of Summit Kinetics, and father and son team Rich and Jason Tanzella of West Hawaii Astronomy Club brought telescopes to view the sun.     
Celeste Hao's 'Imiloa team offered planetarium shows every 15 minutes introducing the Hawaiian Star Compass and key star patterns critical to naked-eye ocean navigation.
A big mahalo to Principal Nancy Matsukawa and Candace Travalino of Kealakehe Elementary School for inviting us to be part of their science celebration. We look forward to next year!


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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