Maunakea Stewardship

Maunakea User Orientation

The Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan includes a requirement of an orientation for all observatory staff, tour operators, support staff, contractors, vendors, Rangers, etc. prior to working on, or in support of activities on, UH Managed lands (see page 7-22, Management Action EO-2 for details and an implementation plan approved by the Department of Land & Natural Resources). This orientation must be repeated every three (3) years, more frequently if required by a permit, or as directed by the Maunakea Management Board. For those visiting Maunakea under a permit (CDUP, Special Use, Commercial Operator, Vendor, Contractor, etc.), participation is tracked and summary statistics reported annually to the State of Hawaiʻi, Board of Land & Natural Resources.

To receive credit for the Maunakea User Orientation with the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center*, visit the Maunakea User Orientation & Assessment form. Credit is earned and confirmed via the following process.

  1. Watch the video .
  1. Complete the assessment quiz, answering all questions.
  2. You must correctly answer at least 75% of the questions to receive credit.
  3. CMS staff will review your assessment score and either issue a certificate or notify you if the assessment needs to be retaken. Certificates are typically issued within two (2) working days after the assessment is completed.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to watch the orientation. The requirement applies to those groups identified above and in the Comprehensive Management Plan. A brief version for public visitors is in preparation.

Email if you have questions.