Kim finalizing Maunakea committee: Mission statement emphasizes Native Hawaiians’ connection to the mountain, exploration

//Kim finalizing Maunakea committee: Mission statement emphasizes Native Hawaiians’ connection to the mountain, exploration

When it comes to Maunakea, Mayor Harry Kim might seem like a dreamer.

But he’s counting on not being the only one.

More than three months after Gov. David Ige gave him the green light to pursue his vision of the mountain as a symbol of international cooperation, the pursuit of knowledge and the Hawaiian people, Kim said Thursday he is close to selecting a committee to help him make that a reality.

He declined to name the six people chosen so far since the process isn’t complete, but Kim said each has to share his passion for resolving the conflict surrounding the mountain and better connecting its uses, including astronomy, with Hawaii Island’s heritage.

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