Maunakea Stewardship

Management Plans and Updates

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Maunakea is a revered mountain that will continue to host world-class education and research. The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) is currently seeking input on a new Master Plan to replace the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan currently in use. The new Plan will outline a vision for Maunakea that balances cultural practice, recreation, and 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 (CMP), which involves a review of the 103 management actions listed in the Plan. Both plans are expected to be submitted to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) for approval in 2022. Multiple rounds of outreach with a variety of stakeholders including those from the Native Hawaiian and broader community are planned and already in process. See the UH Commitment to Maunakea and Hawaiʻi for more information.

Updating the Management Plan

Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan

A new era of stewardship began after the 1998 audit with a commitment to community and stakeholder engagement. The Maunakea Master Plan was openly developed and adopted in 2000 and officially shifted the stewardship responsibility to Hawaiʻi Island. The plan created the Office of Maunakea Management in Hilo and two community-based boards—the Mauna Kea Management Board and Kahu Kū Mauna, the Native Hawaiian advisory council that provides guidance and counsel on management matters and cultural stewardship.

Master Plan Documents

Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan- June 2000 (7.6 Mb PDF)
Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan Appendices- June 2000 (13.2 Mb PDF)
Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement- 2000

  • Volume I: Final EIS (7.8 Mb PDF)
  • Volume II: Technical Appendices (16.5 Mb PDF)

Comprehensive Management Plan

The Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) provides a management framework for the University to undertake measures to protect the cultural, natural, and scientific resources in UH Managed areas on Maunakea. The CMP was approved by the state Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) in April 2009. In 2010 the BLNR approved the four sub-plans of the CMP addressing public access, cultural resources management, natural resources management, and decommissioning of telescope facilities.

Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) Documents

CMP Implementation

  • Implementing & Evaluating the Comprehensive Management Plan for UH Managed Lands on Mauna Kea - February 2010 (0.5 Mb PDF). Submitted to the BLNR, but no Board action taken.

Other documents that the Comprehensive Management Plan identifies and have been approved by the Maunakea Management Board include:

  • Management Action NR-2: Invasive Species Prevention and Control Program. Approved February 2015.
  • Management Action EO-1: Sign Plan. Approved February 2017.
  • Management Action IM-1: Operations, Monitoring, and Maintenance Plan. Approved February 2017.
  • Management Actions EO-2, P-4, C-7, C-8: Maunakea Orientation Plan. Approved October 2018.

New Land Authorization

The University is preparing a draft environmental impact statement for a proposed land authorization that would replace the two existing leases and easements on UH-managed lands on Maunakea. There will be a public consultation process before the new land authorization request goes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for approval.

TMT Permitting and Environmental Review

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is the first project subject to 2009 Comprehensive Management Plan procedural requirements. On September 28, 2017 the State of Hawaiʻi Board of Land & Natural Resources made a final decision granting a permit for the construction and operation of TMT. The related Conservation District Use Application (CDUA), Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and State of Hawaiʻi Board of Land & Natural Resources final decision and order (approval) for TMT are below.

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