Observatory Support Services

Description Of Operations

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Food & Lodging Operations at Halepohaku

Hale Pohaku from above

The Food and Lodging facilities at Hālepohaku are available for those whose work, research or technical support are related to activities on Maunakea. Reservations are coordinated through the MKSS Administrative office in Hilo.

Facilities Maintenance

A grader travels over a gravel roadway The general maintenance or "Utilities" department is responsible for maintaining the summit access road from the start of the gravel / cinder section to the summit and clearing the road after snow storms. This group also maintains the mid-level facilities and the heavy equipment used for road maintenance and snow removal.

Administration

Ice removal equipment in use
The MKSS administrative office is located in Hilo. They are responsible for the human resource and fiscal oversight of MKSS as well as purchasing and receiving of all supplies. This group also coordinates all food & lodging reservations and some administrative activities for the Center for Maunakea Stewardship (CMS) as well as Onizuka Center for International Astronomy (Visitor Information Station)

The Maunakea Visitor Information Station provides health and safety and resource protection information and education to the public at the 9,200 ft. level on the Maunakea Access Road.

Maunakea Weather Center

The Maunakea Weather Center is a weather research and forecast facility funded by the astronomical observatories on Maunakea. This public website is administered by MKSS and the UH Institute for Astronomy in cooperation with the UH Meteorology Department. http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu