Maunakea Stewardship

Management Plans and Updates

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Maunakea is a revered mountain where landscape, community, and culture combine to inspire discovery, renewal, and world-class education and research. The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) Board of Regents (BOR) adopted the Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands: E Ō I Nā Leo (Listen to the Voices) on January 20, 2022. The Plan replaces the Master Plan the BOR adopted in 2000. The 2022 Master Plan serves as a framework for aligning land-use decisions in a manner that is consistent with UH’s mission and purpose. Its overarching goals are related to responsible stewardship, maintaining leadership in astronomy, diversifying educational pursuits and seeking balance among those who come to Maunakea.

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. The draft CMP Update is expected to be submitted to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) for review and approval in 2022, before it is submitted to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for final approval. UH will seek public input and make revisions that respond to that input prior to submitting the CMP Update to the BOR for consideration.

Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands

The adoption of the Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands: E Ō I Nā Leo (Listen to the Voices) on January 20, 2022, commits UH to a framework for aligning land-use decisions in a manner that is consistent with UH’s mission and purpose. The plans overarching goals are related to responsible stewardship, maintaining leadership in astronomy, diversifying educational pursuits and seeking balance among those who come to Maunakea.

Master Plan Documents

Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands: E Ō I Nā Leo (Listen to the Voices)
Volume 1 - January, 2022 (13 Mb PDF)
Volume 2 - January, 2022 (63 Mb PDF)

Archived Prior Master Plan Documents

Comprehensive Management Plan

The Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) provides a management framework for the University to undertake measures to protect the cultural landscape and natural resources in the UH Management 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.

UH is actively preparing a CMP Update. Updating the CMP involves a review of the 103 management actions listed in the Plan, which is provided in the Outcome Analysis Report (OAR). UH is now evaluating and updating 89 of the management actions based on the analysis in the OAR (including new information and observed trends), lessons learned since the CMP was approved in 2009 (including lessons learned by similar organizations), and input from the community. The draft CMP Update is expected to be submitted to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) for review and approval in 2022, before it is submitted to BLNR for its final approval. UH will seek public input and make revisions that respond to that input prior to submitting the CMP Update to the BOR for consideration

Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) Documents

CMP Sub-Plans and Documents

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 access road easement that currently constitute the UH Management Areas on Maunakea. There will be a public review process before the new land authorization request goes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for approval.

The EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) for this effort was published in 2018 and identified alternatives that UH is considering.

EISPN (9MB PDF)

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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