All TMT employees, contractors and sub-contractors will participate in a Cultural and Natural Resources Training Program annually, to gain an understanding and respect for cultural and religious practices. Such training will incorporate not only best ways in which to honor cultural practices, but also instill a sensitivity to any potential negative impact on cultural resources.
Cultural and Archaeological Monitoring
Cultural and archaeological monitors and experts will be onsite during construction and will have the authority to stop work if cultural finds are made.
Native Hawaiian Cultural Practices Observation
TMT Observatory operations will minimize daytime activities up to four days annually in observance of Native Hawaiian cultural practices. TMT will work with the Office of Mauna Kea Management and Kahu Ku Mauna to determine days for such observances.
Hawaiian Music and Art Support
Through financial contributions and its outreach staff, TMT will support the use of chant and mele translations in teaching Hawaiian science and genealogy in Hawaii Island schools. The outreach office will also support the development of exhibits displaying cultural, natural and historic resources that can be used at the Visitor Information Center, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and other appropriate locations. The exhibits will include informational materials that explore the connection between Hawaiian culture and astronomy. In addition, the TMT Observatory and headquarters will be furnished with décor, displays and items that reflect the cultural and spiritual qualities of Maunakea.