Rumors have been flying about for the past several weeks that DOFAW was going to discontinue allowing ATV and motorcycle access to Mauna Kea’s R-1 and R-10. The presumed reason was continuing off-road riding at Puu Kanakaleonui. Several versions of the rumors where citing different conditions of closure, and different timing of the action.
On September 30,2009 Roger Imoto, the Big Island Branch Manager announced that he was taking no action at this time pending additional investigation into other possible management solutions. In a phone conversation with him that afternoon I told him of the upcoming meeting October 9th to attempt to organize the Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group (MkRug). He seemed interested and I told him that we would keep him informed of our progress.