About the Process

EnVision Maunakea was created in response to the need for civil, productive dialogue on the issues surrounding Maunakea and what it means to our island community. There are many voices with critical insight to share, and it is vitally important their voices are heard and their perspectives are respected.


The EnVision Maunakea working group came together in late 2015 to seek funding and infrastructure support for the launch and implementation of the process. Through community-based recommendations and a rigorous selection process, the working group established the Hui Ho‘olohe, a volunteer community advisory group with autonomous oversight of information collection and report preparation throughout the process.


On May 25, 2016, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Chancellor Straney signed a letter of endorsement for EnVision Maunakea. In the letter, he promised, “I will work to ensure the feedback gathered informs all current and future planning and policy efforts concerning Maunakea.” The letter in its entirety can be viewed here: here.

EnVision Maunakea Timeline


Working Group Founding Members

Susan Maddox, Friends of the Future

Greg Chun, University of Hawai‘i

Ka‘iu Kimura, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Stephanie Nagata, Office of Maunakea Management

Doug Simons, Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope

EnVision Maunakea Funders

EnVision Maunakea’s total $250,000 operational budget was derived from grants and charitable contributions from the University of Hawai‘i Institute for Astronomy, Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope.