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June 22, 2016

Upcoming Community Lectures Focus on Maunakea Bug Life
Share in the enthusiasm and knowledge of UH-Hilo graduate students as they present lectures on Maunakea's alpine and subalpine insects.  On Monday, June 27th Jessica Kirkpatrick will speak at the Lyman Museum and on Tuesday, July 12th both Jessica Kirkpatrick and Heather Stever will present in the Kilauea Visitors Center Auditorium.

Both Kirkpatrick and Stever study with leading wēkiu bug researcher Dr. Jesse Eiben.  Jessica is also a former employee of the Office of Maunakea Management where she worked for three years as a resource management assistant.

Lyman Museum - June 27th
Lyman Museum hosts Kirkpatrick as she focuses on five endemic insect groups encountered on Maunakea, describing their importance and function and shares an update on her research into the unique wēkiu bug.

Free to Lyman Museum members; $3 nonmembers.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for evening public programs.  Limited seating; first come, first seated. Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School.

After Dark in the Park - July 12th
Then on Tuesday, July 12 starting at 7pm in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium, the popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's After Dark in the Park lecture series hosts both University of Hawaii Hilo graduate students Kirkpatrick and Stever, as they present their research findings and discuss the habitats of native arthropod species found on Maunakea.

After Dark in the Park lecture series is co-sponsored by Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.



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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