Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do… other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.
-President John F. Kennedy, in his speech on the Nation's Space Effort, Rice University, September 12, 1962. Kennedy pledged that the goal was to leave the Earth's atmosphere and land on the moon, which inspired many people around the world that day. Although Kennedy was assassinated the following year, on November 22, 1963, his dream of winning the space race was fulfilled on July 20, 1969, when NASA's Apollo XI mission successfully landed the first men on the moon.
What do the people of Hawai‘i want for the future of our islands in the 21st century? What is the community’s will for the future of our economy, society and environment? What steps can we take now to achieve that preferred future for our children and their children?
In 2005, the Hawai‘i State Legislature sought answers about the long-term future of our state. In the past, state leaders and decision makers have been ably guided in these matters by the Hawai‘i State Plan. But with a new century comes a new generation, new opportunities and new challenges. A new plan is needed.
In response, the Legislature created the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Task Force, a group of twenty-five citizens with a diverse range of experience in planning, community, business, the environment and government. They were charged with developing the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan, the state’s first long-range plan in 30 years. In creating the plan, the Task Force placed the wisdom of our communities first. The Task Force initiated and implemented one of the most comprehensive and inclusive planning processes in our state’s history.
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