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The Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group (MkRug) was started in 2009 to provide a means to unite the recreational users of public lands. “Mauna Kea” was used in its name because it is currently well known in the public’s mind as the site of ongoing issues of public access and use. Mauna Kea is also a well known icon that represents the Big Island to the rest of the state and the world.

Our Mission Statement

Goal :

To Maintain the public’s right of access and ensure maximum opportunity for responsible public use of Hawaii lands.

Objectives :

  • Ensure recreational user representation and participation in land use policy development.
  • Educate the public on responsibilities associated with land use  opportunity.
  • Form a user group coalition of fisherman, hunters, bicyclist, hikers, OHV operators and all other users of public lands.
  • Promote recreational user group self-regulation and policing.

Slogan :  Public Land for Public Use



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