The Comprehensive Management Plan integrates Hawaiian approches to managing natural and cultural resources, as well as contemporary science-based management tools. This recognizes the need to balance cultural sensitivities with natural resources protection and other activities, including recreation and astronomy. One of the most consistent viewpoints is that that astronomy can co-exist within the cultural and natural resource setting of UH Management areas.
The Maunakea Science Reserve was established in 1968 through a lease of State land to the University of Hawaiʻi. Land use and permitted activities are governed by State law, while the concept of science has expanded from its original lease definition to include cultural resources, natural resources, and astronomy. Cultural science includes the understanding of ancient cultural sites, ceremony locations, ancient trails, astronomical events, archaelology, and the science of navigation. Natural science includes the study of Wēkiu bugs, permafrost, arthropods, climatology, plants, ecology, etc. Astronomy includes the study of stars, glaxies, astronomical events, planets, etc.
Anyone considering conducting scientific research will require permission from the Office of Maunakea Management. Contact us for more information.