“We must regenerate the omnipresence of the Aloha Spirit to maintain Hawai‘i’s identity as the state of Aloha. If it were to disappear, Hawai‘i’s distinctiveness would disappear as well.”
High school student
Honolulu Advertiser, April 20, 2007
Hawaii 2050 is committed to empowering the people of Hawaii to be a part of defining and shaping Hawaii’s future. The Task Force designed an extensive three-part community outreach process to engage the people of Hawaii in creating a more sustainable future. This section presents the results of our community outreach information.
ROUND 3 -- FALL 2007
The draft Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan was debuted before a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 1,000 people at the Hawaii 2050 Summit on Sept. 22, 2007
. Since then, we have launched an intense outreach process to gather people's ideas and opinions about the plan -- what they like, what they dislike, what's missing and what can be improved. We have utilized community meetings on each island, Internet surveys and focus groups with leaders in areas like education, business, community services.
The summary of this round of community meetings can be downloaded by clicking this link.
Notes from each island can be found below.
Hilo, October 3
Kailua-Kona, October 4
City and County of Honolulu
Honolulu, October 6
North Shore, October 6
Windward Coast, October 15
Leeward Coast, October 16
Central Oahu, October 20
UH Manoa campus center, December 6
Kapaa, October 9
Lihue, October 10
Wailuku, October 8
Kahului, October 13
Lanai City, October 11
Kaunakakai, October 11
Education Leaders, October 30
Education Leaders, November 15
Business Leadership Council, November 7
Community Service Leaders, November 6
Hawaii 2050 Youth Summit, Sept. 21
On September 21, 2007, the Task Force, in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu, held the Hawaii 2050 Youth Summit. More than 250 high school students filled the Neil Blaisdell Center's Pikake Room to share their hopes for the future of a more sustainable Hawaii and the challenges they see in achieving in the years to come.
to download a summary of their discussions and the survey results from kidsvoting.com.
ROUND 2 -- SPRING 2007
We asked thousands of community members at community meetings and through our Internet Survey for their goals for Hawaii's long-term sustainability, the strategies to achieve those goals and the indicators that will help measure the progress toward sustainability. Their thoughts, opinions and priorities have been analyzed and are contained in the Round 2 Community Engagement Report. Click here to download the Round 2 Community Engagement Report as a pdf.
Below are the notes from the Round 2 community engagement meetings that are the basis for the Community Engagement Report:
Lihue, April 12,
Kapaa, April 14
City and County of Honolulu
Kapolei, April 14
Kailua, April 21
Sunset Beach, April 28
Hilo, April 28
Kailua-Kona, May 5
Lanai City, May 2
Wailuku, May 3
Wailuku, May 5
Kaunakakai, May 9
Public Opinion Poll
We commissioned a public opinion poll to gauge people's attitudes about sustainability and Hawaii's future -- how important is renewable energy to people? Mandatory recycling? Agriculture? The rate of growth of the visitor economy? The results are fascinating. Click here to download the poll.
ROUND 1 -- FALL 2006
The kickoff round of statewide meetings. At each community meeting the participants were asked to brainstorm a list of words, phrases or ideas that come to mind when thinking about sustainability in Hawai‘i.
Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Lihue, Maui, Molokai and Lanai
Mililani, Kailua, Kapolei and Honolulu
The private sector can be a source of innovation and forward thinking in sustainability. We have partnered with Hawaii Business Magazine
on a series of breakfast forums on issues critical to sustainability. Some of Hawaii's top business leaders share what they are doing to create a sustainable Hawaii. Topics range from renewable energy to land use, the future water supply for our Islands, and diversifying Hawaii's economy through high tech. Watch
videos of the forums.
has volunteered to share its sustainability initiatives. For a broader look at what Hawaii's top businesses are thinking about sustainability, read the summary of the Hawaii 2050 Business Leadership Council's March 2007 meeting.
The military is one of leading sustainability organizations in Hawaii. Download the PowerPoint of some of the U.S. Army's initiatives here