On June 8th, the 100 Resilient Cities Agenda Setting Workshop took place at the idyllic yet urban Blaisdell Hall in downtown Honolulu. Community leaders and planners gathered to develop and share ideas of “resiliency,” and what it currently does and potentially could look like in Honolulu.
This event in Honoulu was the last of the Resilient Cities Agenda Setting Workshops that took place across North America this year, as Honolulu is the 100th and last city to be awarded recognition with the 100 Resilient Cities initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Hawaiʻiʻs partnership with 100 Resilient Cities helped kickstart Honoluluʻs recently established Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, and it also provides Hawaiʻi legislators, planners, and citizens with a network of other cities around the globe that are facing similar climate and socio-economic issues.
Among notable guests such as Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Otis Rolley, Regional Director of North America for 100 Resilient Cities, were DURP students, alumni, and faculty who shared their expertise and perspective with other community planners.
In a brief speech at the event, Rolley encouraged all citizens to fuel their interest in and concern for the state of Hawaiʻi, particularly the city of Honolulu. He said, “As long as the city and county of honolulu continues to step up, we will continue to step up with them for at least the next decade. We recognize that this work cannot be done overnight, and we recognize that this work cannot be done alone.”