Maunakea Observatories prepares for phased reopening
The Maunakea Observatories are resuming operations, after nearly two months of suspended nightly science observations. This action follows Governor Ige’s 7th Supplementary Emergency Proclamation authorizing low-risk businesses to reopen, including the Observatories and support facilities.
The phased approach will restrict summit work to maximize social distancing and emphasize important hygiene practices. As always, the health and safety of our Observatory staff and the community is of paramount importance, and we will continue to follow all health guidelines from our state and local officials.
For detailed information on each observatory’s status, check their individual websites.
Supporting Hawai’i through STEM distance learning
The Maunakea Observatories will continue offering its virtual education program, MKO@Home. The program delivers videos, live events, learning materials, and activities to benefit students, teachers, and families reliant on distance learning and outreach programs. Free tutorials, seminars and downloadable materials can still be accessed at:
Maunakea Observatories Suspend Operations Due to COVID-19
The Maunakea Observatories have temporarily suspended telescope operations following Governor David Ige’s stay-at-home order issued March 23, 2020, aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
“The health and safety of our staff and community will always be our highest priority,” said Dr. Doug Simons, director of Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. “As one of the islands’ largest employers, we understand the necessity of doing whatever we can to stunt the spread of COVID-19. That’s why our teams are staying home.”
Supporting Hawai’i Through STEM Distance Learning
While scientific observations are on hold, the Maunakea Observatories have launched MKO@Home, an innovative public outreach effort for K-12 students and families, providing remote learning resources from the observatories’ expert scientists and educators.
Recognizing the unprecedented need to convert in-person learning to a virtual environment, the Maunakea Observatories education and outreach teams are launching new pilot initiatives three times a week, designed to provide innovative multimedia STEM learning opportunities to students and families for the duration of the stay-at-home order and beyond. Videos are available on the Maunakea Astronomy Outreach Committee’s YouTube channel.