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University of Hawaii 88-inch Telescope to Undergo Repair and Maintenance

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For immediate release
May 1, 2017


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UH88 Renovation zone

A bird's-eye view of the UH 88-inch telescope and its surroundings. The red line marks the area where fencing will be erected during renovation work.

Starting the week of May 1, the University of Hawaii 88-inch telescope (UH88) will undergo much needed repair and maintenance. The renovation will include fresh paint and repaired siding on the exterior, roof repair and weather sealing of the dome, improved lightning protection, as well as safety upgrades. The work will require erection of external scaffolding and overhead crane work.

The work will occur during the period from May 1, 2017 to October 31 , 2017. To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, the area in immediate proximity to the UH88 will be fenced off to the public while renovations are taking place Visitors are asked to not walk on the slopes around the fence, which causes erosion and creates safety risks.

Other existing sites, open to the public, remain available for sunset viewing and stargazing. These include areas both on and off the summit.

UH employees and contractors will comply with best management practices prepared by the contractor and approved bythe Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM), including notices to OMKM, other observatories, and other users of the summit area and access road as appropriate when construction activities are anticipated to affect them. Construction vehicles and equipment will undergo invasive species inspections prior to coming up to the mountain.

Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.