Contact all TMT affiliates

Screen Shot 2015 06 16 At 12.50.10 PmThis page has been created to help members of the Hawaiʻi community know and contact partners/members to the TMT project atop Mauna Kea. Links will take you to official websites or to short biographies. Postal addresses, office numbers, fax numbers, and email addresses have been provided as known. 

State Government

Governor of the State of Hawaiʻi

Governor David Y. Ige
Office of the Governor

The Honorable David Y. Ige
Governor, State of Hawaii
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0034
Fax: (808) 586-0006

email form for meetings 

Shan S. Tsutsui
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0255
Fax: (808) 586-0231

Office of the Mayor, Hawaiʻi County

Mayor William P. Kenoi

Hilo: Hawai'i County Building
25 Aupuni St., Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Tel: (808) 961-8211
Fax: (808) 961-6553
TDD: (808) 961-8521

Kona: West Hawai'i Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy., Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740
Tel: (808) 323-4444
Fax: (808) 323-4440
TDD: (808) 327-6003

Email:   cohmayor@co.hawaii.hi.us

Facebook: MayorKenoi
Twitter: @MayorKenoi

Department of Land and Natural Resources

The mission of the DLNR is to “[e]nhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawaii nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.” 


Contact: Chairperson 
Suzanne Case
DLNR Main Office
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 587-0400
dlnr@hawaii.gov

Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR)

BLNR is the board of the DLNR. It is "composed of seven members, one from land district and two at large, and the Chairperson, the executive head of the Department. Members are nominated and, with the consent of the Senate, appointed by the Governor for a 4-year term. The BLNR convenes twice monthly to review and take action on department submittals, including land leases and Conservation District Use Applications (CDUAs). For further information about the BLNR, please refer to the Hawai`i Revised Statutes, Chapter 171-4."

General BLNR contact: P.O. Box 621, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96809
Phone: (808) 587-0404

BLNR Members:

Chairperson 
Suzanne Case
DLNR Main Office
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 587-0400
dlnr@hawaii.gov

Stanley H. Roehrig, Hawai`i Member
(Term: 7/01/14 – 6/30/18)

Keith “Keone” Downing, At-Large
(Term: 4/01/15 – 6/30/18)

Christopher Yuen, At-Large (Hawaiʻi Island)
(Term: 7/11/14 – 6/30/18)

Ulalia Woodside, Oʻahu Member
(Term: 7/11/14 – 6/30/17)

James A. Gomes, Maui Member
(Term: 7/01/13 – 6/30/17)

Thomas Oi, Kauai Member
(Term: 4/23/14 – 6/30/16)

Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) 

The OCCL is a division of DLNR. Their mission reads, "The OCCL is responsible for overseeing approximately 2 million acres of private and public lands that lie within the State Land Use Conservation District. In addition, to privately and publicly zoned Conservation District lands, OCCL is responsible for overseeing beach and marine lands out to the seaward extent of the State’s jurisdiction." 

Contact: Samuel J. Lemmo
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl St., Room 131
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: (808) 587-0377
Fax: (808) 587-0322
Email: dlnr.occl@hawaii.gov

UH System

Board of Regents

444 Dole Street, Bachman Hall, Room 209
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: (808)956-8213
Fax: (808)956-5156
Email: bor@hawaii.edu

Current members: (Individual terms end June 30 of year listed by name.)

Randolph G. Moore, Chair, At-Large Seat (2018)
Jan Naoe Sullivan, Vice Chair, Honolulu County (2016)

Eugene Bal III, Vice Chair, Maui County (2018)
Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Honolulu County (2016)
*Barry T. Mizuno, Hawaiʻi County (2018)
Benjamin Asa Kudo, At-Large (2017)
Jeffrey Portnoy, Honolulu County (2019)
Lee Putnam, Honolulu County (2019)
Stanford Yuen, Honolulu County (2019)
Michelle Tagorda, Student regent (2016)
Simeon Acoba, Interim, Honolulu County (2017)
*Wayne Higaki, Hawaiʻi County (2016)
David Iha, Kauaʻi County (2017)
Michael McEnerney, Honolulu County (2020)
Ernest Wilson, Maui County (2020)

UH President 

David Lassner
Bachman Hall 202
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8207
Fax: (808) 956-5286
email: david@hawaii.edu

Advisor on Hawaiian Affairs

Nainoa Thompson
c/o Bachman 202
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

UH-Mānoa Chancellor

Robert Bley-Vroman
Manoa Chancellor’s Office
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Hawai‘i Hall 202
2500 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
tel: (808) 956-7651
fax: (808) 956-4153
email: vroman@hawaii.edu

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Vassilis Syrmos
University of Hawai‘i
Bachman Hall 204
2444 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Institute for Astronomy
Mauna Kea Observatories Oversight Committee
Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services
Tel: (808) 956-5006
Fax: (808) 956-5286
email: syrmos@hawaii.edu

UH-Hilo Chancellor

Donald Straney
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808) 974-7311
Fax: (808) 933-7622
dstraney@hawaii.edu

Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM)

Office of Maunakea Management (General) 
640 N. A`ohōkū Place, Room 203
Hilo, Hawai`i 96720
Phone: 808.933.0734
Fax: 808.933.3208
Email: omkm@hawaii.edu

Stephanie Nagata
640 N. ‘Aohoku Place, Room 203
University Park
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
Tel: (808) 933-0734
Fax: (808) 933-3208
nagatas@hawaii.edu

Please note: OMKM mail is accepted through
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Mauna Kea Management Board

"The Maunakea Management Board provides the community with a sustained direct voice for the management of the Maunakea. The Board is comprised of seven members from the community who are nominated by the UH Hilo Chancellor and approved by the UH Board of Regents."

Gregory Mooers (Chair)
Mooers Enterprises, LLC
Post Office Box 1101
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
Ph: 808-880-1455
Fax: 808-880-1456
email: gmooers@hawaii.rr.com

other MKMB members (2014):
Greg Chun
Roger Imoto
Herring Kalua
Doug Simons
Hannah Springer
Lehua Veincent

Kahu Ku Mauna

"Kahu Ku Mauna (Guardians of the Mountain) is a nine-member council named by the Mauna Kea Management Board (MKMB). The council advises the MKMB, Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) and UH Hilo Chancellor in Hawaiian cultural matters affecting the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. Members of Kahu Ku Mauna are selected on the basis of their awareness of Hawaiian cultural practices, traditions and significant landforms as applied to traditional and customary use of Mauna Kea and their sensitivity to the sacredness of Mauna Kea."

Current (2014):
Antoinette Mallow
Celeste Haʻo
Dale Fergerstrom
Ed Stevens
Keahi Tajon
Larry Kimura
Shane Palacat-Nelsen
Thomas Chun
Tiffnie Kakalia

Mauna Kea Ranger Management Program

Head Ranger: Scotty Paiva (no direct contact info found, please see here for program background)

TMT Corporation and Affiliates

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is the largest funder of the TMT project. They pledged $200 million dollars in grant money to cultivate the design, construction, and scientific backing for the project. 

General Contact Info:
1661 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-213-3000
Fax: 650-213-3003
email: info@moore.org

Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

TMT and CalTech Grant Administrators, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

*Vicki Chandler, Ph.D.
Chief Program Officer, Science (TMT)

Aanika Carroll
Program Associate, Science (TMT)

Dusan Pejakovic, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Science (General)
email: Dusan.pejakovic@moore.org

TMT Corporation

Sandra Dawson
Manager, Hawaii Community Affairs
1111 South Arroyo Parkway
Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91105
Ph: (808) 934-0160
email: inquiry@tmt.org

TMT Partners

Members

California Institute of Technology

Indian Institute of Astrophysics
National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
National Institutes of Natural Sciences/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
University of California

Associates

Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy

TMT International Observatory Board

The TMT International Observatory Board was created with the goal of "designing, developing, building, and operating" the TMT. 

Edward C. Stone, Executive Director
California Institute of Technology
MC 290-17
1200 East California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91125
no phone
email: ecs@srl.caltech.edu

Henry Yang, Chair
5221 Cheadle Hall
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Ph: (805) 893-2231
Fax: (805) 893-8717
email: henry.yang@ucsb.edu

Masanori Iye, Vice Chair (Japan)
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
Optical/IR Astronomy
2-21-1 Osawa
Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8588
Japan
Tel : +81-422-34-3520
Fax : +81-422-34-3527
email: m.iye@nao.ac.jp

Related Organizations

Goodfellow Bros., LLC

Goodfellow Bros. is the General Contractor for TMT construction on Mauna A Wakea.

WASHINGTON CORPORATE OFFICE
1407 Walla Walla Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Ph: (509) 662-7111
Fax: (509) 662-2621
email: WACorp@goodfellowbros.com

MAUI CORPORATE OFFICE (corporate office in Hawaiʻi)
1300 N. Holopono Street, Suite 201
Kihei, HI 96753
Ph: (808) 879-5205
Fax: (808) 879-3674

email: MauiCorp@goodfellowbros.com

KONA
68-1244 Waikoloa Road
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Ph: (808) 887-6511
Fax: (808) 887-6522
email: Kona@goodfellowbros.com

ASM Affiliates
ASM Affiliates, Inc. (ASM) manages cultural resource compliance- and archaeology-related consultation for the TMT project. Headquarters are in San Diego, California.
General contact: asminfo@asmaffiliates.com
John R. Cook, RPA
President, ASM Affiliates
2034 Corte Del Nogal
Carlsbad, California 92011
Ph: (760) 804-5757
Fax: (760) 804-5755
email: jrcook@asmaffiliates.com
HILO OFFICE
Bob Rechtman, Ph.D., RPA
507A E. Lanikaula Street
Hilo, HI 9672
Ph: (808) 969-6066
Cell: (808) 896-3707
email: brechtman@asmaffiliates.com
Elite Security
Elite security is the security detail providing services to TMT.
Lee Donohue, President
Contact: Alika Desha, Vice President
73-1270 B Ilau Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-325-0077
Fax: (808) 325-1707
email: elitesecurityhawaii@gmail.com

*Sample Letter* to use or edit

I am appalled at the latest "rules" on Mauna a Wakea that limit access to the mountain for all but observatory workers and tour guides.

Long before the observatories and guides, native Hawaiians have been accessing the peaks of Mauna Kea for ceremony. For the government of Hawai‘i to step in and arbitrarily prevent access to the most sacred place to the Hawaiian people is surely the definition of hewa. Hewa loa!

Goodness. Would the Catholic church ever (EVER!?) limit its practitioners to only TEN congregants at a time, at a specific time of day? Never! To do this to the people of Hawai‘i, the people who hail from this place, is oppression at its worst. Shame!

I urge you to reconsider this ban on access. In the United States - of which Hawai‘i is currently a part - freedom of religion is paramount! The US supports the freedom of an individual (or community) to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. You, as governor of this place, must make the mauna accessible to ALL who would like access, 24/7.

Na (your name)

*Sample letter* to use or edit

Welina me ke aloha, Members of the BLNR:
Please reject the request from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife to adopt a new rule that would prohibit backpacks, blankets, tents, tarps and camping gear on Mauna Kea and would restrict entry to the area surrounding Mauna Kea Observatory Road between 8pm – 5am. Interim administrator, Scott Fretz’s request says that this proposed change is intended to “address impacts to natural resources” and to “eliminate risks…to public safety,” but it is this rule change that is the real threat to public safety, to genuine democracy, and to a society that values the Native Hawaiian culture.
There is no imminent peril to natural resources or public safety that has been caused by the kiaʻi who have gathered on the mauna. The state is obviously targeting these kiaʻi with these restrictions. The proposed restrictions would significantly infringe upon the kuleana and rights of all Kanaka Maoli to access and conduct ceremonies at our sacred piko of Mauna a Wākea.
I write this letter as a hula student/practitioner and a university professor. I have only been to the top of Mauna Kea twice in my lifetime, and on both of those occasions it would have been very dangerous and potentially life-threatening not to have been allowed a backpack, blanket or other gear that would allow us to survive the elements. Also, on both of those occasions, it was the kiaʻi who are being targeting by these proposed rules who were looking out for public safety and the environment.
The first time I ascended to the summit of Mauna a Wākea was with my hālau in 2012. We had been learning mele associated with Queen Emma’s journey to the summit and to Waiau. On our short hike from the van to Waiau, a few in our group got altitude sickness. Had we not had our backpacks, carrying food, water and medicine, my hula sisters would have been at serious risk. However, we were prepared, and we were also being cared for by people who are familiar with the area. In fact, I find it quite ironic that it was not any of your rangers who accompanied us to the summit and looked out for our safety. The people who took the time to show us a safe and pono way to enter the Mauna were the very protectors of the Mauna whom you are seeking to deny access. We had never met Aunty Pua Case and Uncle Kalani Flores prior to this trip, but they took an entire day to guide our hālau from Puʻu Huluhulu to Hale Pōhaku to Puʻu Kūkahauʻula and finally to Waiau. They made sure that our access was safe.
More recently, I took my family and a small group of my UH Mānoa undergraduate students to Mauna Kea. We had been studying the controversies over the TMT project and were there to conduct ceremony and interviews. While there during the middle of the day, I met a few kūpuna who had wrapped themselves in blankets in order to keep warm. Similarly, when I went for a short walk just as the sun was setting, I absolutely needed a blanket to keep my 9-month-old son safe and warm. It was the members of the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna encampment who invited us into the warmth of their hale and who made every effort to assure that each member of our group was safe.
In the past two weeks since the state shut down the visitors center, it has been the Kiaʻi Mauna who provided sanitary bathroom facilities for locals and tourists visiting Mauna Kea. They have transported waste down from the mountain, and they have gone out of their way to assure safety and cleanliness.
This proposed rule change is not about a concern for public safety; it is a thinly-veiled attempt to cripple resistance to the TMT, to stifle public speech. Banning backpacks, blankets and other gear is a threat to safe, public access to the Mauna. Perhaps DOFAW administrators and others believe the exorbitant fines, jail time and other penalties that can be invoked to enforce these new restrictions will discourage those who have gathered to protect the Mauna from desecration. They are wrong.
To adopt these new restrictions would be to perpetuate cultural violence on Hawaiians. Since its formation, the State of Hawaiʻi has made many attempts to contain, limit and sever Kanaka Maoli connections with our ‘āina. Do not add one more instance to the list. Your mission is to protect and enhance Hawaiʻi’s lands and natural resources. Researchers around the world have found that strengthening the relationships between Indigenous peoples and their lands makes both healthier.
If you are truly concerned about the imminent peril to natural resources on Mauna Kea, there is a simple answer: stop the TMT project and any other industrial development on the mountain, begin decommissioning existing telescopes, and let the mountain heal.
Mahalo,
You name