Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS)
The University of Hawaiʻi is privileged to be responsible for the stewardship of significant lands on Maunakea and for providing a holistic approach to astronomy research on the mauna. The Center for Maunakea Stewardship was established in August 2020 to create clear lines of responsibility for stewardship of the mauna with one unified command for the prodigious cultural, scientific, and educational resources of the university. The center combines the Office of Maunakea Management and Maunakea Observatories Support Services under the Executive Director for Maunakea Stewardship and formalizes the collaborative roles for the UH Institute for Astronomy and UH Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. See the UH Commitment to Maunakea and Hawaiʻi for more information.
Management actions enabled by the administrative rules are now being implemented and include processes to manage access in order to limit excessive traffic, updating commercial tour operator guidelines, and setting up administrative systems for managing our authorities under the rules. The UH Board of Regents adopted administrative rules for Maunakea (HRS Chapter 20-26) on November 6, 2019, which were approved by Governor David Ige on January 13, 2020. See the UH Commitment to Maunakea and Hawaiʻi for more information.
The University of Hawaiʻi is committed to the removal of five telescopes on UH-managed lands on Maunakea, followed by restoration of each site to its original state, to the greatest extent possible. Decommissioning of the first two telescopes is tentatively scheduled to be completed by 2023. See the Decommissioning page for more information. Find out news about Caltech decommissioning here.
New Master Plan and Evaluation and Update of Comprehensive Management Plan
Maunakea is a revered mountain that will continue to host world-class education and research. The university is currently seeking input on a new master plan to replace the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan. The plan will outline a vision for Maunakea that balances cultural practice, recreation, the unique educational and research opportunities and scientific discovery offered on Maunakea, with minimal disturbance to the mauna.
UH is also in the process of evaluating and updating the Comprehensive Management Plan, which involves a review of the 103 management actions listed in the plan. Both plans are expected to be submitted to the UH BOR for approval in 2022. Multiple rounds of outreach with stakeholders and the Native Hawaiian community and broader community are planned and already in process. See the UH Commitment to Maunakea and Hawaiʻi for more information.
New Land Authorization
The university is preparing a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed land authorization to replace the two existing leases and easements on UH-managed lands on Maunakea. The public consultation and outreach process has started, and will continue as a request is prepared and goes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for approval.
Reports and Documentation
Government reports on Maunakea Stewardship
- UH annual reports to Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources
- Table 4: Management plans and annual report
- Reports from the State Office of the Auditor
- Table 3: Reports from the State Office of the Auditor
- UH annual reports on Maunakea Lands to Hawaiʻi State Legislature
- Search each year for UH Annual Report on the Mauna Kea Lands
- 2021: Annual Report on Maunakea Lands (PDF)
- 2020: Annual Report on Maunakea Lands (PDF)
- 2019: Annual Report on Maunakea Lands (PDF)
- 2018: Annual Report on Maunakea Lands (PDF)
- 2017: Annual Report on Maunakea Lands (PDF)
- Annual Reports from 2016-2002
- EnVision Maunakea report on complexities surrounding Maunakea
- In-depth report from more than 100 diverse Hawaiʻi Island voices
- UHERO study on the Economic Impact of Astronomy on the State of Hawaiʻi
- Report on economic activity generated by Hawaiʻi’s astronomy sector, August 28, 2014 (PDF)
- Conservation District Use Permits on Maunakea
- All observatories and land uses on Maunakea lands require permits or approvals from DLNR or BLNR.
- Table 1: Conservation District Use Permits and Applications
- TMT Permitting and Environmental Review
- The Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Decision and Order regarding Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) HA-3568 for the Thirty Meter Telescope, environmental impact statement, and other materials related to TMT.
- Maunakea and TMT misinformation fact check
- FAQ providing fact-based information