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UH Hilo leadership visits Hale Pōhaku and Maunakea facilities

Chancellor Irwin, Vice Chancellor Roney, and Dean Mike were invited up the mountain to brainstorm about how UH Hilo might engage more university departments in learning experiences involving the mauna.

Group stands on lanai. All wear masks.
From left, Ned Huston, Bonnie Irwin, Kris Roney, Rhonda Mike, Jim Mike, Gordon Roney, Larry Kimura, Stewart Hunter (back), and Kekoa Harman. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.

Leadership at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on Saturday visited Hale Pōhaku, the mid-level facility on Maunakea also known as the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, to learn more about the operation. The facility has living capacity for up to 72 people working at the summit, as well as a visitor center and other support buildings.

Group stands for photo, each socially distanced from each other.
From left, Robin Hayes, Jim Mike (back), Rhonda Mike (front), Kekoa Harman, Larry Kimura, Stewart Hunter (back), Ned Huston, Bonnie Irwin, Kris Roney and Gordon Roney. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Kris Roney, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences Jim Mike, and were invited up the mountain to brainstorm about how UH Hilo might engage more university departments in learning experiences involving the mauna. Their spouses, Ned Huston, Gordon Roney, and Rhonda Mike, respectively, were invited to join them.

The day was hosted by Ka‘iu Kimura, director of UH Hilo ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Larry Kimura and Kekoa Harman, both associate professors of Hawaiian studies and Hawaiian language at the university, who talked to the group about the cultural significance of the mauna.

The tour started with the Visitor Information Center and surrounding facilities led by Stewart Hunter, general manager of Mauna Kea Support Services. Robin Hayes, food and lodging manager at MKSS also joined the group. The tour then proceeded up to Hale Pōhaku and the potential future site of the UH Hilo teaching telescope.

Group listens to Larry Kimura and Steve Hunter.
Group listens to Larry Kimura and Steve Hunter during tour of the facilities up Maunakea. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.

Discussions continued after lunch where “we also discussed the work that ‘Imiloa is doing on new information displays for the Visitor Information Center and the work on new orientation programs for employees and visitors,” says Chancellor Irwin.

 

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