We’re committed

to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Maunakea while remaining a world-class center dedicated to education, research, and astronomy. We support and collaborate on Maunakea stewardship projects and applaud the University of Hawai‘i’s multifaceted stewardship program, as implemented by the Office of Maunakea Management and overseen by the community volunteers on the Maunakea Management Board and Kahu Kū Mauna.

Learn more about our partners who help ensure that a shared vision for the future of Maunakea becomes a reality.

Solar Power At Maunakea

Recently solar panels were installed on the roofs of Gemini Observatory and Halepōhaku, the mid-level facility operated by Maunakea Support Services and principally sponsored by the Maunakea Observatories. The panels on Gemini are the second highest PV panels in the world by 200 feet, only surpassed by a set of panels in Tibet.

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Maunakea Weather Center

A collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i Department of Meteorology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Institute for Astronomy, and the Maunakea Observatories, the Maunakea Weather Center provides the most sophisticated weather forecasts used in astronomy worldwide. They also support long term climatology studies of Maunakea, providing important insights into the effects of global climate change on Maunakea’s fragile ecosystem.

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Maunakea Support Services

Led by the University of Hawai‘i and principally sponsored by the Maunakea Observatories, Maunakea Shared Services provide critical road repair, maintenance, and snow clearing year round, ensuring the safety of people who use the Access Road from Halepōhaku to the summit. This essential infrastructure benefits the community and helps support Maunakea stewardship, in its many forms.

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