Office of the Chancellor

Maunakea Advisory Committee

A supporting action within the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Strategic Plan is to

“Enhance our scholarship and partnerships with the community to responsibly preserve, protect and sustain natural and cultural resources, especially Maunakea.”

The Maunakea Advisory Committee advises the UH Hilo Chancellor on campus-specific matters and initiatives to further this strategic action specifically related to Maunakea that complement the roles of the UH Board of Regents, UH System, Office of Maunakea Management, Maunakea Management Board, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Education Center, and other entities whose mission and/or specific responsibilities include the stewardship of Maunakea’s cultural, natural, educational and scientific resources. In addition, the committee is charged with providing the Chancellor guidance on implementing appropriate strategies to:

  • Facilitate conversations and engagement about Maunakea with the campus community as a priority, and with the larger community
  • Fulfill the university’s obligation to create and implement active educational and outreach programs that highlight indigenous knowledge related to Maunakea to include:
    • Cooperative internships and mentorship programs between personnel working at the astronomy facilities on Maunakea and Hawaiian communities
    • Early entry programs for at-risk children of Hawaiian ancestry and other at-risk youth in STEM-related and other curriculum
    • Utilization of Hale Pohaku for the Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies programs at UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College along with continued use by others.

Members (2020-2021)

  • Hannah Blue, President, UH Hilo Student Association (UHHSA)
  • Kathleen Baumgardner , Strategic Planning Project Manager
  • Greg Chun , Executive Director, Maunakea Stewardship
  • Kathy Cooksey , Associate Professor, Astronomy
  • Kurt Dela Cruz , Senior Advisor, Career and Academic Advising Center
  • Kekoa Harman , Associate Professor, Hawaiian Studies
  • Kaʻiu Kimura , Executive Director, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i
  • Larry Kimura , Associate Professor, Hawaiian Studies
  • Rachel “Hualani” Loo , Associate Director, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and Representative, Hanakahi Council
  • Gail Makuakāne-Lundin , Director, Office of Hawaiʻi Papa O Ke Ao, UH System; Director, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center
  • Marianne Takamiya , Professor, Astronomy
  • Taupōuri Tangarō, Director of Hawaiian Culture and Protocols Engagement; Professor of Hawaiian Studies
  • Sunny Walker , Information Technology Specialist, Webmaster; Coordinator, Web and Graphics Services
  • D. “Lei” Kapono , Interim Executive Assistant to the Chancellor (Ex-officio)