Director’s Message: Maunakea’s Future


Today, Governor David Ige signed HB2024 into law, establishing a new governance and management structure for Maunakea by creating the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority.

We believe this is a positive way forward, one that upholds our core principles,* is inclusive of the native Hawaiian community in decision-making, and is consistent with our commitment to a Community Astronomy model as outlined in the Astro2020 State of the Profession.**

Learn more: W. M. Keck Observatory Position Statement: Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority

As we enter into this new era, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with everyone who has a deep connection to Maunakea and look forward to charting collaborative pathways towards mutual stewardship of such a special site.

Hilton Lewis, Director, W. M. Keck Observatory