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Practicum Reports

Every MURP degree candidate is required to complete a practicum: PLAN 751 or 754. A practicum involves five or more students engaging in a planning process with a faculty member. Recent practice include:

  • sustainable development vs. suburbanization
  • community planning in Waimanalo
  • community-based planning in Waianae
  • community-based economic development
  • locally unwanted but regionally advantageous land uses
  • modifications to cluster development regulations
  • planning information needs for health and community services
  • evaluation of the park dedication ordinance
  • feasibility of small scale mixed uses
  • urban redevelopment and displacement mitigation
  • district and multiblock land readjustment
  • neighborhood design analyses
  • the implementation of the county development plan process
  • community research in the College of Social Sciences
  • model choice evaluation of Leeward commuters
  • neighborhood visioning and planning in Kane’ohe
  • transportation on the Manoa Campus
  • risk ranking and quality of life in Kahalu’u

Neighbor island projects:

  • community values and energy development
  • planning for the future of Kilauea
  • fishpond master CDUA on Moloka’i
  • permitting process in the conservation district on the island of Hawai’i

Government projects:

  • land banking
  • contemporary subsistence lifestyles
  • land use dispute resolution
  • homelessness in Hawai’i

Asia/Pacific Projects:

  • village preservation for resort development area on Cheju Island, Korea
  • pedestrian safety in Seoul, Korea
  • participatory planning for coastal zone management (CZM) and village planning in American Samoa
  • diagnostic manual on healthy cities in Asia
  • urban transition in Vietnam

Each Practicum produces a final report and/or provides specific clients with planning assistance such as analyses, surveys, design and/or evaluation. Each practicum team is involved in bounding a selected problem, setting its objectives, assessing its own resources, determining the work to be performed, allocating its resources, delivering a product and/or service, and evaluating its effectiveness. The practicum provides a student with an opportunity to bring together multiple planning elements within the context of a real-world problem. MURP degree students opting for PLAN 752 are also required to take a planning practicum.

Following are a sample of recent reports produced by DURP students and faculty, viewable via pdf downloads.

Practicum Reports


Spring 2016 – Social Capital, Indigenous Community Capacity, and Disaster Management

A study for the Department of Hawaii Homes Lands (DHHL) and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) on social capital and community capacity for disaster management in the Hawaiian Homestead of Waimanalo, island of O’ahu.
By Sonomi Imagawa, Kailey Porter, Silvia Sulis, Brent Wozniak.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.



Screenshot 2016-04-01 07.36.35Screenshot 2016-04-01 07.36.21Fall 2015 – Honolulu Bikeshare

This practicum class performed a series of three projects with following reports in support of the soon to be launched Honolulu Bikeshare.

Kaua‘i Feasibility Study by Abbey Seitz, Brandon Burns, Carlos Castillo, David Simpson, Natalie Hanson, & Rebecca Fraser; Impact Evaluation by Robyn R. Kavarsky, Yamato Milner, Tyler Tsubota, & Mina Viritua Jr. Pricing Study by Tai Dunson-Strane, Katie Franklin, Wyatt Gordon, Nicholas Ing, Jeffrey Lee, & Ashley Norman.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Makena Coffman.

Spring 2015 – Coastal Resilience for DHHL Communities

A resource for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and its beneficiaries Information to help officials and residents assess coastal hazards, enhance beneficiaries’ disaster-readiness, improve management of the resource, and clarify jurisdictional issues.

By Sarah Afong, Chelsea Dau, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Asrizal Lufthi, Stephanie Nagai, Roberto Porro, Tina Sablan, Dayna Vierra, Andy Yamaguchi, and Aydee Zielke.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.


Fall 2014 – Research in Support of the: County of Hawai’i General Plan (GP) Comprehensive Review

Assisting the Planning Department of the County of Hawai‘i with its General Plan (GP) Comprehensive Review that will be initiated in February 2015.

By Timila Bajracharya, Danielle Bass, Clarice Schafer, Caterine Picardo Diaz, Lulu Feng, Julian Helder, Babina Pradhan, Sarah Soakai, Mahmud Zaman

Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.


Spring 2014 – Food Security 102: Building a Resilient Food System

A plan for increasing actions for community awareness and actions to enhance the resiliency of community food systems in order to be better prepared for natural or man made hazards

By Christopher Archer, Gabriela Orantes, Laura Comstock, Greg Nakai, Hunter Heaivilin, Hendri Yuzal.
Led by Faculty Sponsors Dr. Dolores Foley and Dr. Karl Kim.


Spring 2014: Building a Resilient Food System

Developed through research, presentations from subject matter experts, and a collaborative process, this document provides an overview of key concepts related to building a resilient food system. Special thanks to MA‘O Organic Farms, Kamehameha Schools, State of Hawaii Office of Planning, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, UH West O‘ahu, UHERO, and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.

The full report is available here.  Presentation available on Vimeo here.


Fall 2013 – Ho’opono Mamo: The Hawai’i Youth Diversion System

Program Implementation & Evaluation Plan

By Lillie Makaila, Laurel Pikcunas, Sayaka Sakuma, Rachel Kennedy, Adam Heyns, Jeny Shrestha, and Ayane Ishigaki.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Karen Umemoto.


Screenshot 2015-01-29 18.02.41Screenshot 2015-01-29 18.00.32   Spring 2013 – UHM Transportation Practicum: Strategies to reduce VMT; Bicycling at UHM

Building on findings and recommendations of the 2012 UHM TDM Plan, this identifies strategies for UHM to reduce commute-based VMT, expand access to education by improving alternative transportation and short-term parking options, increase revenue, and reduce costs to UHM related to SOV-use. The second study provides UHM campus planners and the transportation managers with additional evidence to facilitate achieving UHM’s bicycle related goals.

By Chris Casne, Tara DePonte, Kha Minh Ly, Anh Ha, and Michael Motoki.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Makena Coffman.

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Fall 2012 – Toward Co-management: The Ahupua‘a o Kahana Cultural Living Park

Study of the ahupua‘a of Kahana Valley, O‘ahu, in support of the master plan for Kahana mandated by the State of Hawai‘i Legislature by DLNR and the Kahana Planning Council.  Overview of past plans, governance options, possible next steps.

By Alex Broner, Hisila Manandhar, Hril Siu, Lauren Esaki, Maile Norman, Mika Okuno, Priza Marendraputra, Rara KC, and Tamanna Rahman.

Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.


 Summer 2012 – Hurriplan: A Coastal Community Charette

By Faculty Sponsor Dean Sakamoto, et al.





Spring 2012 – Kaka’ako and a Honolulu Urban Development Strategy

By Maja Caroee, Suman Maharjan, Justin Witty, Nicole Brodie, Mukarramah (NFN), Anthony Weersing, Daniel Simonich, and Jacqueline Kozak Thiel.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Jim Spencer.



 F2011_Resilience_AmSamoaFall 2011 – Capacity Building for Community Resilience in Leone Village, American Samoa: Providing Planning Tools for Building Social, Environmental, and Structural Resiliency at the Village Level

Report on the Village of Leone, in Tutuila, American Samoa implements the recommendations from Spring 2011 practicum report by documenting nine village planning tools for community resilience to natural disasters.

By Gabrielle Sham, Germaine Salim, Hoi Van Tran, Joon Ho Hong, Neeraj Dangol, Saleh Azizi Fardkhales, Tam Nguyen, Xian Hua, and Ye Liang.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.


Spring 2011 – Capacity Building for Community Resilience in Leone Village: Providing Planning Tools that Promote Sustainable Ecosystem and Disaster Management Practices at the Village Level

Part of a NOAA project on community resiliency through capacity building in the Village of Leone, Tutuila, and American Samoa. The report uses a sustainable ecosystem framework to organize information for a manual on resource management, hazard mitigation, and village community resilience planning.

By Ginger Porter, Karla Filibeck, Lydia Nikolao, Molly Chebnikow, Pragya Pradhan, and Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi.

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-53-31-pm Fall 2009 –  Sustainable Land Use and Environmental Design Study, State of Airai, Republic of Palau

Regional land use mapping and environmental plan to assist the Planning Commission of the State of Airai in designing legislation by addressing shape of settlement design, economic activities, energy and waste management, conservation and farming and sea level rise scenarios.

By Nassar Abujabal, Daniel Alexander, Imon Chowdhooree, Shem Lawlor, Aaron Mann, Hung Manh, Nguyen, Asheshwor Man Shrestha, Dane Sjoblom and Shannah Trevenna.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi


Fall 2007 – Managing Traditional Ahupua‘a Trail Systems in a Multi-cultural Modern Society

Research for the US National Park Service on public trail management, Hawaiian ethnography and oral history, community based economic development and partnerships in natural resource management, and historic preservation and native access rights.

By Raymond Chung, Tao Feng, Fusae Kikuchi, and Francine Palama.
Led by Faculty Sponsor Luciano Minerbi