The Center for Maunakea Stewardship’s plant restoration process starts with collecting seeds from established native plants in the area. There is now māmane and other native plants well established including ʻāweoweo, pawale, puakala and heʻupueo, a native grass.
The University of Hawaiʻi is privileged to be responsible for the stewardship of significant lands on Maunakea and for providing a thoughtful approach to astronomy research on the mauna.
Everyone is encouraged to act in a safe and responsible manner while on Maunakea and look out and care for others because of the dangerous conditions.
UH Hilo Associate Professor of Astronomy and Observatory Director R. Pierre Martin says a specific spot in the Halepōhaku area is the best place to site the small observatory, after Hōkū Keʻa is removed from the summit.
In response to recent stay-at-home orders, observatories are now limiting scientific operations on Maunakea and at base facilities, but ramping up virtual outreach to community.
The community event, organized by the Office of Maunakea Management, targets invasive plants that threaten native species at Hale Pōhaku, at the mid-level section of the mountain.
An article recently published in the online journal Nature Astronomy applauds the ability of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to intersect indigenous knowledge with astronomy.