Nearly two months ago – at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak in our islands – Maunakea Observatories adjusted operations to ensure the well-being of our Observatory ʻohana and to comply with the state’s stay-at-home order. Per Governor Ige’s May 5 announcement, the Observatories are now considered part of Hawaiʻi’s low-risk organizations and businesses deemed safe to reopen. We are pleased to begin the gradual resumption of nightly science observations.
The safety of our Maunakea Observatory employees and the community is of paramount importance. We will continue to follow all health guidelines from our state and local officials, and we are planning a phased approach that restricts summit work to maximize social distancing and emphasizes important hygiene practices. Each observatory will post status updates on their website.
Even once normal operations resume, the Observatories will continue offering MKO@Home – a virtual community education program – to deliver videos, live events, learning materials, and activities for students, teachers, and families reliant on distance learning. Free tutorials, seminars, and downloadable materials are accessible at:
- Facebook: Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee
- YouTube: Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee
With nightly science observations resuming soon, the Maunakea Observatories will again conduct world-class, high-impact astronomical work that Hawaiʻi is known for throughout the global science community. We are deeply encouraged by the resilience of our community and remain devoted to our role in Hawaiʻi’s bright future.