Protest leaders, UH officials and astronomers will all have seats on the panel.
But proponents hope the group could still be Hawaii’s best chance at building consensus over the future of a mountain considered sacred by many.
The proposal follows House Speaker Scott Saiki’s call for the University of Hawaii to be ousted from its management role.
Details on a new governance committee proposed by the Hawaii House speaker that would investigate a new management structure have yet to be seen.
Voters also chose County Council members and decided the fate of numerous charter amendments.
The statewide contest pits Lindsey, an Office of Hawaiian Affairs employee, against Mangauil, a longtime critic of the agency.
Telescope project developers blamed the cost increase on construction delays including protests that have blocked construction for months.
State lawmakers shouldn’t create a special commission to resolve Native Hawaiian issues if it’s just a poorly veiled cover for finding a solution for Mauna Kea.