|A snow covered summit of Maunakea, which is subject of a new Master Plan for the University of Hawaiʻi Maunakea Lands:|
E Ō I Nā Leo (Listen to the Voices). Photo from UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship.
|UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship runs the visitor center.|
Photo from U.H Hilo
According to the statement, about 150 people submitted written testimony to the Board of Regents, a majority in support of the new plan, and about 30 provided oral testimony, predominantly in opposition of the plan. "Most of the opposition was not related directly to the plan but focused on other Maunakea-related issues including the Thirty Meter Telescope, the State House of Representatives Mauna Kea Working Group draft report, the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and whether astronomy and the existence of telescopes should continue on the summit."
UH Regent Alapaki Nahale-a voted in favor of the plan and said,“The issues we have to resolve – historical issues, best management of Maunakea – this plan is not going to fix them. I hope that for us, as regents, and for those watching, we don’t continue to practice votes like this, meaning no one is listening and no one cares. I hope those who are concerned and hurt will still have a conversation about how we can do better.”
|The new Maunakea Master Plan addresses stewardship|
of the area managed by University of Hawai'i.
Photo from UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship.
The statement says, "The purpose of the 65-year lease granted to UH by the State in 1968 was to operate the Maunakea Science Reserve as a scientific complex to establish astronomy in Hawaiʻi. The 1998 State audit critical of the university’s overall management of the mauna made it clear that the privilege of stewardship carries an even greater responsibility to care for Maunakea, which led to the development of the management plans, establishment of the Maunakea Rangers, greater protection of natural and cultural resources and other stewardship improvements.
"The Master Plan adopted was finalized after extensive consultation and public outreach by UH during which input and advice was sought from individuals, groups, and agencies, such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Department of Land and Natural Resources , the Maunakea Management Board and Kahu Kū Mauna."
The university also received more than 1,450 comments (online, telephone messages, U.S. Postal Service) on the draft of the new plan during a more than month-long public comment period that ended in late October.
|The 2022 Hawai'i Legislature opened on Wednesday, with Miloli'i through Volcano represented|
by Senators Dru Kaniho and Joy San Buenaventura and Representatives Jeanne Kapela and Richard Onishi
Photo from Hawai'i Public Radio
|Sen. Dru Kanuha serves West|
Kaʻū from Honu'apo into Kona:
|Sen. Joy San Buenaventura serves|
East Kaʻū from Honu'apo into Puna:
|Rep. Jeanne Kapela serves West|
Kaʻū from Honu'apo into Kona:
|Rep. Richard Onishi serves East|
Kaʻū from Honu'apo into Hilo:
Teacher pay, housing are just some policies advocates want to see passed this year: https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2022-01-18/teachers-housing-education-advocates-legislature
A COVID UPDATE ON SUNDAY FROM COUNTY OF HAWAI'I SAYS: "For Hawai'i County, Department of Health reports 371 new cases, 5,492 active cases, and 44 persons hospitalized. Monday, Community Testing is scheduled in Hilo at Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium from noon to 7 p.m. and in Waimea at the Waimea District Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For a comprehensive calendar and list of all pharmacies and clinics providing vaccination and testing, visit the Civil Defense website. www.hawaiicounty.gov. Vaccinations in Kaʻū are at Kaʻū Rural Health Clinic, Bay Clinic and the CVS/Longs in Pāhala.
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The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) is accepting applications
for its summer 2022 internship program. PIPES is a 10-week undergraduate internship
program May 31 to Aug. 5, offered through University of Hawai'i at Hilo.
The goal is "to connect under-represented undergraduate students, especially those
who are Native Hawaiian or kamaʻāina, to internship opportunities with agencies and
organizations responsible for research, management, and education relating to
environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific region. Internships are
paid experiences. Participants may be eligible for additional housing assistance.
For more information, visit: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhintern/
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.
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