By Peter Hamasaki, GAC Chair
On October 1, 2019, Dr. Greg Chun, the University of Hawaii’s Executive Director of the Maunakea stewardship, and a member of the Maunakea Management Board, updated the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee on current issues relating to management of Maunakea by the University.
Dr. Chun provided historical background regarding the development of astronomy as a state policy and prior management of Maunakea. Dr. Chun also provided an overview of the complex mix of myriad cultural, economic, educational, historical, international, legal, political and scientific issue that must be addressed in moving forward. It was apparent from Dr. Chun’s presentation that management of Maunakea and resolution of the current conflict regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope are likely to be extremely challenging because of the confluence of so many important, yet potentially conflicting, views and interests. However, Dr. Chun emphasized that a successful resolution is critical not just to Hawaii, but internationally as well.
Chamber members who are interested in additional information about the Maunakea Management Board’s existing management plans and policies can access a copy of the Board’s Master Plan at http://www.malamamaunakea.org/management/master-plan and a copy of the Board’s Comprehensive Management Plan at http://www.malamamaunakea.org/management/comprehensive-management-plan
In addition, the 2018 EnVision Maunakea Report can be accessed at http://envisionmaunakea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Electronic-2018-03-23-March-Date-Report-of-the-Hui-Hoolohe.pdf