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Disaster Preparedness: Building Coastal Resilience in Waianae
In this time of great environmental and economic uncertainty, resilience has emerged as a key aspiration in long-range development and planning. Using a course project, we explore some of the key policy and planning tools to build resilience with Waianae community organizations.
Prof. Dolores Foley

Food Security
Use of seminars and courses to promote the concept of food security as an operational concept in public policy and the recognition of the complexities of the technical and policy issues involved.
Prof. Dolores Foley

Climate Change Vulnerability of Wastewater Infrastructure
This project will identify critical assets for wastewater management on Oahu vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and estimate the risk of degraded wastewater service due to future sea level rise and climate related conditions. It will also develop a replicable process that can be used by the utilities, state and county agencies, along with communities to prioritize and strategize for the effects of climate change. The project aims to support proactive, efficient, and transparent decisions on where and how to invest in adaptation measures.
Profs. Daniele Spirandelli and Suwan Shen

Predicting Hawaii Water Demand Under Climate Change
Climate change will affect supply and demand for water. If demand exceeds supply, aquifers, reservoirs and streams will be drawn down unsustainably. The goals of this research is to study water demand on Oahu, focusing particularly on climate­related factors affecting demand for different kinds of water consumers, as well as how different kinds of consumers respond to price changes. The research will help government agencies make sound decisions regarding future development, water infrastructure, allocation, pricing, and other policies.
Prof. Daniele Spirandelli

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Funded by U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, develops and delivers training courses related to the safety and security of communities, with an emphasis on natural hazards, coastal communities and islands and territories. The Center conducts research and develops programs for state and local government, NGOs, with an emphasis on vulnerable, at-risk populations and integrates urban and regional planning with hazard risk reduction. The Center has an extensive outreach and capacity building program throughout the state of Hawaii.
Prof. Karl Kim

Traffic Safety Studies
The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation conducts extensive research on traffic safety including occupant restraints, pedestrian safety, alcohol impaired driving, and other aspects of safety. It monitors seat belt use, riding in the back of pickup trucks, child safety seat use, helmet use, and cellular telephone use while driving.
Prof. Karl Kim

Waikiki Benchmarking Study
The Department developed and measures various indicators related to the landscaping, cleanliness, amenities, and urban environmental quality for Waikiki and makes recommendations for the improvement of this area for visitor, residents, and other community members.
Prof. Karl Kim

Waikiki Pre-Disaster Recovery Project
Working with the NDPTC and the Waikiki community, the Department is developing a pre-disaster recovery project. The project involves conducting a risk and vulnerability analysis, training on recovery planning, and engagement of stakeholders in a recovery planning process.
Prof. Karl Kim

Important Agricultural Lands Studies
Funded by the Land Use Commission and the County of Kauai, the Department has conducted various studies on the designation of important agricultural lands. In addition to operationalizing various criteria and objectives, the Department produced various tools and databases for mapping, modeling, and deliberating policy choices related to land use, development, and preservation of agricultural lands.
Prof. Karl Kim

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Project
Working with University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department is conducting analyses regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for mapping, data collection, disaster management, and other applications. The efforts involve integrating emerging technologies with mapping and spatial analytical databases and applications.
Prof. Karl Kim

Pacific Urban Resilience Lab
The department is participating in the development of new technologies and applications related to disaster risk reduction in urban areas, including Hawaii and the Pacific region. Topics include climate adaptation, food security, visualization, and participatory capacity building projects.
Prof. Karl Kim

Electric Vehicle Impact Study
The U.S. Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center at the University of Central Florida and Hawaii Natural Energy Institute is supporting a study of the impact of electric vehicle support policies, economic development, and greenhouse gas impacts.
Prof. Makena Coffman

Renewable Energy
Study to develop a variety of scenarios for how Hawaii might meet the State’s goal of achieving 100% of its’ electricity through renewable sources by the year 2045, with an emphasis on opportunities for load shifting and integrating intermittent sources of renewable energy.
Prof. Makena Coffman

Bikeshare Planning
In collaboration with Bikeshare Hawaii and Kauai County, the Department supervised a student practicum to study alternative pricing strategies, create a plan for Honolulu’s Bikeshare system evaluation, and a feasibility study for expansion on Kauai.
Prof. Makena Coffman

Hawaii Planning Oral Histories Project
The purpose of this project is to produce an oral history of planning events and activities that have shaped the landscape of development in Hawaii since Statehood in 1959. This history covers major land use laws, planning processes and procedures, and major planning issues and controversies. Documentation was achieved through two-part interviews of seven distinguished planners, including prominent academics, public officials and planning professionals. The project is designed to support the APA Hawaii Chapter’s program of continuing education and professional development of Chapter members, students, and others interested in Hawaii’s planning issues. The project received funding from the American Planning Association and APA Hawaii Chapter.
Prof. Peter Flachsbart

A Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Motor Vehicle Emission Standards on Commuter Exposure to Carbon Monoxide
This is a 30-year study of commuter exposure to motor vehicle exhaust emissions on an arterial highway (State Route 82 – El Camino Real) on the San Francisco Peninsula. Study results to date show the effectiveness of California’s motor vehicle emission control program. The study’s unique longitudinal design observed the cumulative effect of progressively tighter emission standards and the state’s inspection and maintenance program over the last three decades. The study’s methodology has potential for developing countries in Asia that have relatively new programs to control emissions from rapidly growing motor vehicle populations in mega-cities. The project received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Prof. Peter Flachsbart

Juvenile Justice Reform
With funding from the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services, the Department conducted a study on the overrepresentation of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii’s juvenile justice system with recommendations for reform. Practicum students then developed an implementation plan for a reform initiative called Ho‘opono Mamo Civil Citation Initiative, a policy and systems change that diverts youth to appropriate youth and family services. Currently conducting an evaluation of the pilot project in collaboration with Earl Hishinuma in the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
Prof. Karen Umemoto

Wahi Kana‘aho Program Evaluation
Assisting with the evaluation of the Wahi Kana‘aho, a cultural learning and healing center for youth that is part of the Ho‘opono Mamo Civil Citation Initiative, located in Waianae.
Prof. Karen Umemoto

Kaka‘ako: Our Kuleana: A Public Planning Academy
With students in the PLAN 610: Community Planning and Social Policy, the Department offered a 6-week series of educational workshops held in fall 2015 on issues concerning development in Kaka‘ako. Topics included affordable housing, infrastructure in the age of climate change, rail and transit-oriented development, history of planning and preservation in Kaka‘ako, challenges facing small businesses, and ways to include all voices in the planning process.
Prof. Karen Umemoto

Hawaii Youth Services Directory
With funding from the State of Hawaii Office of Youth Services, the Department has developed and is maintaining 808YOUTH.com, a searchable online directory with over 700 programs for youth in Hawaii. Project includes annual updates, an electronic newsletter, an events calendar, and public awareness outreach. Real-time password secured listing of residential bed availability for Family Court personnel.
Prof. Karen Umemoto

Homesteads Risk Assessment and Capacity Building for Disaster Management.
Planning practica on several coastal Hawaiian Homesteads for Department of Hawaiian
Home (DHHL) lands focusing on jurisdictional issues, hazards vulnerability and GIS mapping. Case study of Kapa’akea on Molokai. Human capital and community capacity in disaster preparedness for NDTPC.
Prof. Luciano Minerbi

Scoping Studies for the County of Hawaii General Plan Update
BMP, community engagement, plan’s scope and strategies, performance management, summary of policies and action by federal, state and county agencies, as well as from functional plan. What we know about long range priorities issues, data needs for scenarios planning, and updating to the county of Hawaii Virtual Library. Regulatory frameworks and ordinances. Public access in the County of Hawaii.
Prof. Luciano Minerbi

Toward Co-Management — Ahupua’a o Kahana Cultural Living Park, Oahu
Information for a master plan for the valley by reviewing history, past plans, bills and acts, the current condition of the valley environmental setting, governance aspects and next steps. A service for the Kahana Planning Council (KPC), the valley community and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).
Prof. Luciano Minerbi

Capacity Building & Community Resilience to Natural Disasters for Leone Village, American Samoa,
Two practica, supported by NOAA, working with village leadership, attentive to Fa’a Samoa to create 9 village tools: (a) village response plan, before, during and after disaster; (b) environmental education for resource protection; (c) coastal ecosystems and mangrove; (d) survival household toolkit; (e) food security planning; (f) drinking water treatment; (g) evacuation routes; (h) healing and coping; (i) disaster resilient structures.
Prof. Luciano Minerbi and Prof. Dolores Foley

Village Planning, American Samoa
A place base management approach to village planning and ordinance design for Tutuila
Island and a case study paper for Aunu’u Island, American Samoa Government, US Dept. of Interior (USDOI), Office of Insular Affairs (OIA).
Prof. Luciano Minerbi

Ancient and Historic Trails and Land Development Process Monitoring
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails Kohala, Kona, Kau, Districts, Island of Hawaii for the US National Park Services. Trail documentation, land tenure, mapping and proposals for interagency collaboration.
Prof. Luciano Minerbi

Conservation Plan for Hawaii Island Land Trust
Analysis of existing information and criteria for conservation. Formulation of a framework for GIS overlay mapping of ecological and environmental values to identify areas protected and to be protected on the Big Island.
Prof. Luciano Minerbi