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The final two sub-plans that will complete the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan were presented to the public in Hilo on December 1. The two plans address the touchy issues of public access and observatory decommissioning. The public access sub-plan tries to balance the public's right to access the summit for recreation and protecting the summit's resources from the impact of human traffic. Instead of specific guidelines, the plan leaves many of the details to the Office of Mauna Kea Management's administrative rule-making process that will begin once the CMP is approved by the Board of Land and Natural ...
The Mauna Kea Management Board reportedly voted 6-1 to support the 299-page Comprehensive Management Plan — as long as the University of Hawaii, which leases the state-owned Mauna Kea Science Reserve for $1 per year, makes a commitment to the funding and staff necessary to carry out the plan. Board chair Barry Taniguchi, center, explains the board's recommendation (Photo by T. Ilihia Gionson, Ka Wai Ola) “The plan may be less than meaningful if we don’t have the commitment for resources and staffing that we need,” said Ron Terry, the board’s second ... Read More