At the request of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Pacific Consulting Services, Inc. (PCSI), is initiating community consultation for a Cultural Setting Report (CSR) being prepared for the decommissioning of the Hōkū Keʻa Observatory. The University of Hawaiʻi leases the approximately 11,288-acre Mauna Kea Science Reserve (MKSR; Lease No. S-419) from the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. The Hōkū Keʻa Observatory is located inside the approximately 525-acre Astronomy Precinct, which is within the MKSR. The project proponent is the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The project goals are to remove the Hōkū Keʻa Observatory and Generator buildings, including foundations and associated subsurface utilities, and restore the approximately 2,178-square foot (0.05 acres) site.

A historical, cultural, and archaeological background study, and architectural evaluation will evaluate potential effects on historic properties. This work will be carried out in accordance with Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 6E, and Title 13 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Subtitle 13 (State Historic Preservation Division Rules), Chapter 275 (Rules Governing Procedures for Historic Preservation Review for Governmental Projects Covered Under Sections 6E-7 and 6E-8, HRS). In the event that adverse impacts are possible because of this project, mitigation measures will be recommended. A summary of this historical, cultural, archaeological, and architectural information can be viewed through the link at the bottom of this page.

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