Haleakalā: A Story of Land Use in Hawai‘i 2015

Jul 10, 2015

View of Maui from the Hina 'Ahu at Haleakala High Altitude Observatory.
Credit Noe Tanigawa
Hokulani Holt, Kumu Hula and Director of Cultural Programming at Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
Credit Noe Tanigawa
Astronomer Jeff Kuhn inside the Solar-C telescope.
Credit Noe Tanigawa

  Two of Hawai‘i’s celebrated mountains, Mauna Kea and Haleakalā, remain in the crosshairs of a battle that appears to pit preservation of culture against pursuit of science.  In both cases, the state and counties are being called upon to enforce state land board decisions, while challenges to those decisions are before the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa continues a look at Haleakalā, the issues and the mountain.

Look at the Haleakalā High Altitude Observatory management plan from June 8, 2010.

Eighteen point one acres of land were designated and assigned to UH in 1961 for scientific purposes via Executive Order 1987 within the Conservation District and General Subzone, on Pu'u Kolekole, near the summit of Haleakalā, about 0.3 miles from the highest point, Pu'u Ula'ula (Red Hill) Overlook, which is in Haleakalā National Park (HALE).  The area, which currently houses ten facilities with the DKIST on the way,  is now known as "Science City."

Find out more about the Daniel K, Inouye Solar Telescope

Find out more about Kilakila o Haleakala, the organization suing to prevent construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

Find out more about the University of Hawai'i's Astronomy program.

Hear the Case-Flores Ohana share their mana'o on why Mauna Kea is considered sacred.

Report from a Spring Equinox sunrise atop Mauna Kea.