Governor’s Office – Joint Press Release – State Seeks Candidates for Mauna Kea Management Stewardship and Oversight Authority

Posted on July 21, 2022 in Latest Department News, Press Room, Press Releases from the Governor’s Office

HONOLULU – In a joint announcement today, Gov. David Ige and Senate and House leaders announced that candidates are now being sought to serve on the Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority.

Candidates are requested to apply before July 28, 2022.

Created by statute via Law 255 (HB2024), the authority, whose members will each be appointed for a three-year term, will be responsible for managing the lands of Mauna Kea. The authority will consist of eleven voting members, including:

  • The Chairman of the Lands and Natural Resources Board, or a person designated by the Chairman;
  • The Mayor of Hawaiʻi County, or the mayor’s designate;
  • The Chairman of the University of Hawaii Board of Trustees; provided that the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Hawaii may appoint a:
  • Member of the Board of Directors ; Where
  • Former member of the Board of Regents with Mauna Kea experience to serve as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Hawaii. If a former member of the UH Board of Trustees is nominated to fill this seat, the nominee must be confirmed by the Senate;
  • A person with expertise in āina (land) resource management and specific Hawaii Island-based management experience (must be confirmed by the Senate);
  • A person recognized as having expertise in the fields of public p-12 education or post-secondary education (must be confirmed by the Senate);
  • A representative to be appointed by the Governor from a list of three names submitted by the Mauna Kea Observatories (must be confirmed by the Senate);
  • A person with a background in business and finance who has previous administrative experience in managing a large private sector company (must be confirmed by the Senate);
  • A person who is a direct lineal descendant of a practitioner of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices associated with Mauna Kea (to be confirmed by the Senate);
  • A person who is a recognized practitioner of Native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices (must be confirmed by the Senate); and
  • The Governor appoints two members from a list of three names submitted for each nomination by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives (must be confirmed by the Senate).

To apply, click on the “Department of Land & Natural Resources” tab on the board and commissions website: https://forms.ehawaii.gov/pages/board-survey/

  • Scroll down and click on “Department of Land and Natural Resources”.
  • A drop-down menu appears; check the appropriate box next to Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority; tap SUBMIT at the bottom of the page
  • An application form then appears; complete it in full
  • Finally, sign and submit

“I encourage individuals who have the expertise and commitment to transition to a community governance model for one of the state’s great natural resources to apply as soon as possible. Together, we can continue Hawai’i’s momentum toward a strong and sustainable future,” Governor David Ige said.

“This new authority has the enormous task of laying the foundation for a new management structure atop Mauna Kea, and we need dedicated and passionate people applying to fill these critical positions,” said Senator Donna Mercado. Kim, chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

“The Authority will play a historic role and I hope those who apply will support and advance the mutual stewardship of Mauna Kea,” said Chairman Scott Saiki.

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Media Contacts:

Governor’s Office:

Cindy McMillan 808-586-0012

Communications from the Senate:

Jacob Aki 808-586-6291

Internal communications:

Rona Suzuki

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