University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents affirms commitment to implementing Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-8109
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Apr 21, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) unanimously adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to the implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) at its regular monthly meeting held April 16 in Kapolei. The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the CMP at its April 9 meeting held in Hilo.

"The Board of Regents‘ resolution affirms the University‘s responsibility for management of the summit area of Mauna Kea. The Comprehensive Management Plan documents how we ensure that Mauna Kea is respected and nurtured for the benefit of all," said BOR Chair Al Landon.

The goal of the CMP is to provide the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) with a guide for managing existing and future activities that will ensure Mauna Kea‘s unique cultural and natural resources are protected in perpetuity.

The BOR resolution authorizes and directs, through normal university governance channels, that UH Hilo, OMKM and the Mauna Kea Management Board (MKMB) undertake implementation of the CMP. The director of OMKM reports to the UH Hilo chancellor. OMKM and the advisory groups MKMB and Kahu Ku Mauna were established by the University‘s Master Plan for Mauna Kea, approved by the BOR in 1999.

The resolution also permits the appointment of two regents to serve ex officio on the MKMB; Chair Landon has appointed Regents Dennis Hirota and Eric Martinson.

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