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Office of Mauna Kea Management

The Office of Mauna Kea Management

The Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) is charged with the day-to-day management of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve as prescribed in the Master Plan. Its offices are located at 640 N. ‘Aohoku Place, Room 203, in the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s University Park.

OMKM Staff:

*  Stephanie Nagata, Associate Director, holds both an M.B.A. from UH and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors with coordinating programs, conferences and events, research, and feasibility studies. Nagata began working for OMKM as its interim assistant director since its inception in August 2000, and was selected to fill the post on a permanent basis in December 2001.
*  Dawn Pamarang, Secretary, joined OMKM in 2003. Her professionalism and extensive organizational skills are invaluable to the operations of OMKM. Pamarang has been part of the UHH and HCC staff for over 14 years; she served as secretary for the HCC Dean of Instruction prior to joining OMKM.

OMKM mail is accepted through the
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

OMKM’s telephone number is: (808) 933-0734
OMKM’s fax number is: (808) 933-3208

Mauna Kea Management Board

Mauna Kea Management Board Members

The MKMB is comprised of seven members of the community who are nominated by the UH Hilo Chancellor and approved by the UH Board of Regents. MKMB members are:

* First Vice Chair Patricia Cockett Bergin’s 35 years of professional experience in the Hawaii public school system includes a term as Hawaii District Superintendent. She currently serves as a state educational specialist. Bergin was raised in the Hawaiian Homestead community of Keaukaha. After graduating from Hilo High School, she studied at UH Hilo before matriculating at Kansas State University, where she earned both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education. A longtime resident of Kamuela, Bergin is well-known for her service to numerous community organizations, including: Hawaii High School Rodeo Association and National High School Rodeo Foundation Board, Paniolo Preservation Society, Beneficiary Committee of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust, and the North Hawaii Community Hospital Board of Directors, amongst others.

* John Cross is the land manager for the Edmund C. Olson Trust II, a land trust that oversees more than 13,000 acres in the Hilo, Puna and Ka‘u districts. He has more than 16 years of land management experience on the Big Island, including serving as president of Mauna Kea Agribusiness and vice president for real estate for C. Brewer & Company. Cross also owns and operates a 13-acre farm in Hakalau located on the slopes of Mauna Kea.

* Lisa Hadway is the manager for the Natural Area Reserves (NARS) Program for the Hawai‘i Island Branch of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), where she has worked for nearly seven years. One of the areas she oversees is the Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve, which lies adjacent to the UH’s Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Hadway has more than 10 years of experience in natural resource management, issues and concerns, particularly on the Island of Hawai‘i.

* Herring Kalua is born and raised in Keaukaha, Hawaiian Homestead. A graduate of Hilo High School and UH Hilo, Kalua works for the state Dept. of Transportation as supervisor for Construction and Maintenance on the island of Hawai‘i. Kalua is involved in many community organizations, including the Governor’s Advisory Board on Veterans’ Services, East Hawaii Kamehameha School Advisory Committee, Hawaiian Home Lands Commission, and others. Kalua’s concern for Mauna Kea runs deep, as evidenced by his participation on the Mauna Kea Advisory Committee (1998-2000) that helped to develop the Master Plan itself.

* Chair Barry Taniguchi, president and CEO of KTA Super Stores, is a highly respected business leader in Hawai’i and a tireless volunteer for many community organizations, boards and charitable causes. Taniguchi graduated from the University of Hawai’i in Business Administration. In 1989, he assumed the presidency of KTA and has since led KTA to new levels of success. He is one of the original members of the MKMB.

* Second Vice Chair Ron Terry began his involvement with Mauna Kea while an undergraduate student at UH Hilo in the mid-‘70s. After earning his Ph.D. at LSU, Terry returned to UHH as professor of geography and got involved in a variety of environmental causes and issues affecting Mauna Kea. Twelve years ago, Terry left full-time teaching to start a private consulting company called Geometrician Associates, LLC, which provides a variety of environmental and geographic services, including preparation of federal and state environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and other government permit-related impact documents.

*  Christian Veillet, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), has been a keen observer of and participant in the process of implementing the Master Plan since it was adopted in 2000. Veillet arrived in Hawaii in 1996 to join CFHT as resident astronomer. He was named executive director of the observatory in 2003. During his tenure at CFHT, Veillet served as Project Manager and Project Scientist of the MegaPrime project, the observatory’s newest wide-field imaging facility and the largest astronomical CCD mosaic ever built. MegaPrime’s official ‘first light’ took place in January 2003.

Kahu Ku Mauna

Kahu Ku Mauna Members

Kahu Ku Mauna (Guardians of the Mountain) is a nine-member council named by the Mauna Kea Management Board (MKMB). The council advises the MKMB, Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) and UH Hilo Chancellor in Hawaiian cultural matters affecting the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Members of Kahu Ku Mauna are selected on the basis of their awareness of Hawaiian cultural practices, traditions and significant landforms as applied to traditional and customary use of Mauna Kea and their sensitivity to the sacredness of Mauna Kea.

* Chad Kalepa Baybayan is one of the few individuals capable of navigating open ocean voyages using only traditional Polynesian methods. Baybayan is a graduate of UH Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, and holds a Masters degree in Education from Heritage College. He also serves as project director for ‘Aha Punana Leo’s He Lani Ko Luna Community Based Learning Center and its voyaging canoe, Hokualaka‘i Voyaging Program.

* Arthur Hoke is a former member and chair of the Mauna Kea Management Board. He also played an important role in the process of developing the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan as a member of Aha Hui Ku Mauna. A 29-year veteran of the Hawai‘i County Police Department, he retired as District Commander of the Laupahoehoe District.

* Tiffnie Kakalia is the West Hawai‘i Program Coordinator for Na Pua No‘eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, UH Hilo. Kakalia plans and coordinates cultural and educational enrichment opportunities for youth and families in West Hawai‘i. Prior to her current position, Kakalia served as Na Lei Na‘au Program Coordinator for Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning Ohana, Inc.

* Larry Kimura is a professor of Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. He co-chaired the Mauna Kea Advisory Committee 1996 to 1999, and served as a Hawaiian content advisor to ‘Imiloa: Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i.

* Antoinette Keahiolalo Mallow currently serves as East Hawai‘i Program Coordinator for Na Pua No‘eau, Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children, UH Hilo. In her position, Mallow plans and implements enrichment programs for students grades 6-12 and their families in East Hawai‘i. Her interests include alternative medicine, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Laupahoehoe and Hilo Hawaiian Civic Club, Ahahui Kiwila Hawai‘i o Sand Diego, Nale O Na Ali‘i Benevolent Society, and the Native Hawaiian Education Association, amongst others.

* Sean P. Naleimaile recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UH Hilo and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in archaeology from UH Manoa. Naleimaile works as a media specialist at Hawai‘i Community College’s I Ola Haloa program, a Title III Native Hawaiian program, developing media-based curriculum materials for use in the Hawaiian Lifestyles Program.

* Leilehua Omphroy is a respected kupuna who teaches young people about the significance of the Hawaiian culture and the importance of preserving the wahi pana (sacred places) of these islands. Omphroy holds Masters degrees in Education from Cal State University. She has shared her expertise with the state Dept. of Education, Alu Like, Lyman House Museum, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, Kamehameha Schools, and the state Kupuna Hawaiian Studies programs, amongst others.

* Hannah Kihalani Springer, former OHA Trustee from the island of Hawai`i, is a member of various organizations, including the Daughters of Hawai`i, Kaloko-Honokohau Advisory Council, Ka`upulehu Marine Resources Advisory Group, and West Hawai`i Fisheries Management Council, amongst others.

* Ed Stevens, as a former game hunter and hiker, has acquired a vast knowledge of place names and landforms surrounding the upper regions of Mauna Kea. He maintains a deep level of personal interaction with various aspects of the mountain, and can often be seen visiting sites that are most significant to him. He is also Vice President of ‘Oiwi Lokahi O Ka Mokupuni O Keawe, a Hawaiian organization working closely with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in developing land use plans for the Humu‘ula/Upper Pi‘ihonua parcels on the South Eastern slopes of Mauna Kea, along the Mana Road.

OMKM Hawaiian Culture Committee

Mauna Kea is a sacred place in Hawaiian culture. Its summit is the most sacred of all. In the eyes of many Hawaiians, human constructions on Mauna Kea’s summit constitute a desecration of their deeply held cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs. These powerful sentiments lie at the core of all future deliberations over the use and management of Mauna Kea.

Kahu Ku Mauna, a council comprised of Hawaiian cultural resource persons from the island of Hawai’i, will advise the MKMB on matters brought before the Board. Additionally, the MKMB has formed a Hawaiian Culture Committee, which aims to further integrate Hawaiian perspectives into the programs of the MKMB and OMKM.

The Hawaiian Culture Committee is comprised of Moses Crabbe, Arthur Hoke, Kehau Kalili, Larry Kimura, Kepa Maly, Barbara Robertson and Ululani Sherlock. OMKM interim director Walter Heen, assistant director Stephanie Nagata, and resource specialist Moses Haia have participated in various committee meetings and a facilitated workshop held at Hale Pohaku in March.

The Hawaiian Culture committee has defined its objectives to include: developing Hawaiian programs that educate and preserve the Hawaiian culture; making Hawaiian program recommendations to the MKMB and assisting in implementation; integrating the foundation of Hawaiian culture into scientific education; and establishing a marriage between Hawaiian and Western scientific culture. (Philosophically, this committee agrees that since Hawaiian culture forms the foundation of these islands, Western culture should assimilate into Hawaiian culture.)

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