HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – In a four-hour hearing, the University of Hawaii explained to state Board of Land and Natural Resources how it’s caring for the natural resources atop Mauna Kea, and how it’s moving to decommission some telescopes.
UH Hilo oversees the mountain through its Office of Mauna Kea Management.
Tour operator Rob Pacheco, who owns Hawaii Forest & Trail, testified that UH is doing a good job.
“We have fairly strict provisions that we have to follow,” he told the board. “Changes that they’ve made in the permits have decreased the amount of commercial activity on the mountain over the years.”