Lake Waiau: Mauna Kea’s Sacred Lake is Shrinking. Fast.

Dec 9, 2013

Lake Waiau, 13,020 feet above sea level, one mile below the observatory parking lot, photo taken November 2013
Credit Office of Mauna Kea Management
Lake Waiau, January 2012
Credit Office of Mauna Kea Management

In many ways, the future of Mauna Kea on Hawai’i island could be shaped this week .  This Friday, a court in Hilo will hear an appeal of the conservation use permit awarded to the planned Thirty Meter Telescope project.  On the same day in Honolulu, the Board of Land and Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on whether to extend the University’s leases on Mauna Kea for another 65 years.   In addition, there has been growing concern over the impending loss of a unique natural wonder near the mountain's summit.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Hawai'i Volcano Observatory's "Volcano Watch" article about Lake Waiau is posted at:

http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/view.php?id=201

Scroll down to the Mauna Kea Ice Age Reserve on the DLNR website:

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/nars/reserves/hawaii-island/

Documents related to the BLNR meeting scheduled for 12-13-13 regarding the UH lease on lands at Mauna Kea:

http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/meeting/submittals/131213/D-15.pdf

Native Hawaiian perspectives can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/pua.case

“Mauna Kea—Ka Piko Kaulana O Ka ‘Aina”, a collection of native traditions, historical accounts, and oral history interviews for: Mauna Kea, the land of Ka’ohe, Humu’ula and the ‘Aina Mauna on the Island of Hawai’I by Kepa Maly and Onaona Maly:

http://hawaii.gov/dlnrlcwi/2013dofaw/nars/reserves/big-island/mauna1.pdf

For more Hawaiian cultural information on Mauna Kea and Lake Waiau:

http://www.mauna-a-wakea.info/maunakea/A2_lakewaiau.html