Another Fun Science Day at Kealakehe Elementary School
For the last three years, the Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) has been invited to participate in the Kealaheke Elementary School Science Day, an afternoon of fun science with students and parents.
This year fun interactive learning activities kept the students busy and parents interested in the science occurring on Maunakea.
OMKM Coloring Station
Bugs and Insects on Maunakea
OMKM brought a coloring station centered on native plants and animals, giving students an up-close look at the bugs and insects that call Maunakea home plus an opportunity to look at bugs up close with the aid of a microscope.
'Imiloa Astronomy Center outreach team had students experiencing the motion of mass in space with a fun hands-on demonstration. UH Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Lab gave students the opportunity to work the joystick of a simulator for drones (unmanned aerial system).
CFHT Wheel of Prizes
'Imiloa Astronomy Center
The Institute for Astronomy handed out cool stickers and solar system information. The Thirty Meter Telescope team kept students busy creating telescope bases out of marshmallows and toothpicks that needed to pass the "shake" test. Canada France Hawaii Telescope gave students the chance to spin the galaxy wheel for exciting take home prizes. W.M. Keck Observatory engaged students with their interactive thermal (heat) imaging demonstration. Tom Chun of Kahu Ku Mauna demonstrated early sky viewings with his interactive light box. The team from Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems brought to the students exciting recorded sounds of native Hawaiian birds.
Another big mahalo to Kealakehe Elementary School Principal Nancy Matsukawa and teacher Candace Travalino for organizing this event and to the students for their excitement and participation.
Click here to read the West Hawaii Today newspaper story.
The Office of Maunakea Management is charged with day-to-day management of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve as prescribed in the Master Plan. The adoption of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan by the University of Hawaii Board of Regents in June 2000 marked a critical milestone in the management of Maunakea.
Meetings and public hearings spanning a period of nearly two years went into the formulation of the Master Plan, which established management guidelines for the next 20 years. The Master Plan reflected the community's deeply rooted concerns over the use of Maunakea, including respect for Hawaiian cultural beliefs, protection of environmentally sensitive habitat, recreational use of the mountain, and astronomy research.
It places the focus of responsibility with the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH). The UH-Hilo Chancellor established the Office of Maunakea Management and the Board of Regents established the Maunakea Management Board in the fall of 2000. The Maunakea Management Board in turn formed Kahu Ku Mauna, a council comprised of Hawaiian cultural resource persons to serve as advisors.
To achieve harmony, balance and trust in the sustainable management and stewardship of Mauna Kea Science Reserve through community involvement and programs that protect, preserve and enhance the natural, cultural and recreational resources of Maunakea while providing a world-class center dedicated to education, research and astronomy.