Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Fact- and Research-based Approach to Sustainability:
The Hawai‘i 2050 Issue Book
Planning for Hawai‘i’s sustainable future requires a series of technical studies to ensure that public and community input was strengthened by necessary data, research and information to guide public decision-making. The Task Force identified a series of subjects to be researched in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the components of sustainability.
The Task Force engaged scholars at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to research key issues of sustainability, particular to Hawai‘i. The “Hawai‘i 2050 Issue Book” was subsequently published, and is used as the factual foundation for better understanding sustainability issues in our state. The research reflects the latest information on key aspects of sustainability as of the date of this report, and should be updated appropriately in the years to come.
The following subjects were researched:
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- Overview of Sustainability Practices. This paper provides a summary of key principles and best practices of sustainable communities, nationally and globally.
- Population. This study analyzes Hawai‘i’s historic and future population statistics and trends, including anticipated population growth, aging, ethnic and other demographic patterns.
- Kanaka Maoli Values of Aloha ‘Aina. The author explores the cultural and spiritual foundation of the Kanaka Maoli, principles of Native Hawaiian stewardship of the land, and other cultural, historic and traditional aspects of Hawai‘i’s indigenous people.
- Water. This study evaluates the current yield and demand for water on all islands under varying environmental and technological assumptions.
- Land Use. This study explores the availability of lands for varied urban, agricultural, rural and conservation use, including lands for housing, conservation and other sustainability needs.
- Energy. An evaluation of Hawai‘i’s energy needs, supplies, and demands, including use of alternative and renewable sources of energy were explored in this study.
- Agriculture. This study evaluates Hawai‘i’s food production capacity and consumption patterns, as well as describes various aspects of Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry and products.
- Environmental Quality. This study of Hawai‘i’s environmental quality, including air, water and endangered species, enables the Task Force to evaluate our efforts to preserve and enhance the environment.
- Sustainable Quality of Individual and Family Life. This paper outlines health, human services, education, culture, recreation and other aspects of quality of life in Hawai‘i.
- Sustainable Economy. This study analyzes key aspects of Hawai‘i’s economy, including its ability to become sustainable.
- The Paradise Index: Benchmarking Progress. This paper explores the role of indicators, measurements and accountability in sustainability planning.