Maunakea Observatories Support Services (MKSS) is a logistical services organization that operates under the direction and funding of the MKSS Oversight Committee. MKSS provides support for all organizations working on Maunakea, maintains the summit access road from the start of the gravel / cinder section to the summit and operates and maintains the mid-level facilities at Hālepohaku.
The 19-acre mid-level facilities at Hālepohaku include the Food & Lodging operations for those working on Maunakea, staff maintenance facilities and the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy aka the Maunakea Visitor Information Station.
MKSS is a project of Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i operating under the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy. See https://ifa.hawaii.edu/ and the Center for Maunakea Stewardship. See https://hilo.hawaii.edu/maunakea
Center for Maunakea Stewardship
The Office of Maunakea Management merged with Maunakea Support Services in August 2020, creating the Center for Maunakea Stewardship, which is responsible for UH-managed Maunakea lands. Please visit the center's website for more information. The migration of OMKM information to the Center for Maunakea Stewardship site is expected to be completed by the start of 2022.