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KZSU interviewed Hawai'i County Mayor Harry Kim about his vision for a Mauna Kea World Park:
Mayor Harry Kim talked to KZSU about his idea to designate Mauna Kea as a world heritage center that will encourage people to learn about Mauna Kea’s history and its unique place in the world. Mauna Kea, or White Mountain, is the tallest mountain in the world, from the ocean floor. Because of its high altitude, thin and clean air, and its isolation from urban development, the summit of Mauna Kea is an ideal place for astronomical research. Some of the world's most powerful telescopes and observatories, including the twin Keck telescopes are on Mauna Kea.
- Because Mauna Kea is sacred to the people of Hawaii, KZSU is helping bring Mayor Kim’s vision of a Mauna Kea world heritage center to many people in Silicon Valley who travel to Hawaii and who might like to learn more about Mauna Kea and help in promoting the vision of the Mauna Kea World Park.
- Like much of Hawaii, Mauna Kea is home to many rare insects like the Wėkiu bug, endangered birds like the Palila as well as endangered plants like Mauna Kea Silversword which is one of Hawaii’s rare flowering plants.
- Mauna Kea World Park would share and preserve the culture and history of the island people and disseminate information about research in astronomy to people around the world.
KZSU recorded this interview with the help of Steve Durst, a Stanford alum who has been working in Hawaii and Mauna Kea for over thirty years. Mr. Durst founded the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) in Hawaii and he helped introduce Mayor Kim and his vision to our listeners.
Mayor Kim served Hawaii for over 3 decades as Civil Defense Administrator from 1976 – 2000, then as Mayor from 2000 – 2008 when he retired, and he was re-elected as Mayor for a 3rd term in 2016. All of us at KZSU appreciate Mayor Kim's time and this interview and look forward to broadcasting future news and events about the Mauna Kea World Park.
KZSU broadcast this interview on September 6, 2017. To download or to listen to the interview, please click here.