Persons having knowledge of traditional cultural practices associated with Mauna Loa, and in particular on its northern slopes near the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO), are requested to contact Dr. Benjamin Barna, ASM Affiliates, (808) 969-6066, 507A E. Lanikaula St., Hilo, HI 96720 and/or Christine Schultz, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), (303) 497-5397. The MLO is located on Tax Map Key parcels (3) 4-4-016:009 and 011, about 5.8 miles below Moku’aweoweo crater at about 11,150 ft above sea level. Interested parties are asked to respond within thirty (30) days of this notice.
NOAA plans to install a 10 ft x 10 ft deck and 10 ft x 8 ft trailer to support a research project that will measure the amount of light coming from the moon to improve national weather forecasting, remote sensing, and climate modeling. The deck will support a 7 ft diameter white dome. The trailer will measure 8 ft tall. The deck and trailer will be a neutral color and as low to the ground as possible. Pilings for both structures will be installed without heavy machinery to a maximum depth of 1 ft. The proposed structures are small compared with other structures on the site and will blend in with the surrounding buildings and landscape. At the end of the project in several years, the deck and pilings will be removed and the ground will be restored to its current state.
(SA/WHT1159332 12/21, 12/23, 12/26/18)