UH President David Lassner: UH must move beyond its strengths in astronomy and continue to improve protection of Maunakea’s environment and cultural resources.
Over the past five years, Associate Professor Ryan Perroy and UH Hilo students compiled topographic data to determine erosion rates and spatial patterns across the upper summit region.
The report contains comments from a diverse cross section of the Hawai‘i Island community addressing meaning, challenges, and the future of Maunakea.
Students from the Maunakea Scholars program competed to win observation time on telescopes.
“Getting to show the Clintons different nebula and galaxies while sitting below one of the darkest skies in the world was an unforgettable experience,” says UH Hilo astronomy student Mitchel Rudisel.
Astronomer Mark Chun will discuss the qualities of Maunakea that make it the best site in the world for ground-based astronomy.
Astronomer Doug Simons: Anticipated discoveries in astronomy are about to shift humankind’s understanding of the universe and Earth’s place in it. Many of the discoveries will be linked to observations from Maunakea.
The public comments will help in the drafting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed new land authorization.
Greg Chun will represent the university externally on all matters relating to Maunakea, including the many discussions of alternative models of management.
“Maunakea is the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm” is an ‘olele no‘eau or wise saying that expresses the sentiment that Maunakea is a source of awe and inspiration.