Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board:
“This is an extremely exciting time, with President Obama’s announcement underscoring the significance of Maunakea and Hawaii to astronomy. TMT is honored to be a part of Hawaii’s astronomy community. We remain committed to integrating science and culture, providing the best possible stewardship of the mountain, and enriching the local community through education and outreach programs.”
This monthly community event will welcome Hawaii residents to the science reserve atop Maunakea to view world-class telescopes and learn about the cultural and environmental importance of the mountain. Set to launch in early 2016, the new program will occur once a month and will include transportation to and from the summit and the Maunakea Visitor Information Station, a cultural briefing with staff from ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, safety and environmental briefings at Hale Pohaku, and visits to two of the seven participating Maunakea Observatories. Participating observatories will include the CFHT, Gemini Observatory, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (EAO), NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Subaru Telescope, Submillimeter Array, the W.M. Keck Observatory, and in the future, the Thirty Meter Telescope. The program will be free and open to all Hawaii residents. For information, visit www.kamaainaobservatoryexperience.org.