©2019 by the County of Maui Department of Planning.

2019 Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials
Sep 11, 2019, 6:30 AM
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

M A H A L O!

Thank you to everyone who attended our conference! We hope you had a positive experience with us.


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The Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials (HCPO) is an annual meeting of planners, planning commissioners, and those involved in managing and regulating land use and development in the State of Hawai'i. HCPO is an opportunity to share, learn about, and be inspired by best practice in planning, innovative solutions to complex challenges, and the phenomenal planning projects and initiatives taking place right here in the State.

This year’s conference is hosted by the Maui County Planning Department and focuses on the mantra “Keep Calm and Plan On.” 2018 was a year of unprecedented natural disasters across the State, including 50 inches of rain in 24 hours on Kaua’i; Kilauea’s volcanic eruption and lava flow on Hawai’i Island; destructive fires in Lahaina, Maui; and Hurricane Lane and coastal erosion on O’ahu. We also face ongoing challenges, such as record-high housing prices and homeless rates; accelerating climate change; visitor arrivals at over 10 million per year; polarized communities; and a public health and safety crisis. Engage with experts, planners and professionals alike as we discuss the ways in which we have dealt with a year of remarkable challenges and craft solutions to create healthy, equitable, complete, and resilient communities in 2019 and beyond. We can all learn from each other as we Keep Calm and Plan On.



September 11

6:30am - 4:30pm

Mobile Workshops

5:30 - 8:00pm

Opening Reception

6:00 - 8:00pm

APA HI Awards Presentation

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September 12

7:00 - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:30am - 12:00pm

Welcome, Opening Keynote,

Morning Sessions

12:00 - 1:00pm

Buffet Lunch

1:00 - 5:30pm

Afternoon Sessions

6:00 - 9:00pm

Lu'au and Dinner Show


September 13

7:00 - 8:30am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30am

HCPO Business Meeting

8:30am - 11:30pm

Keynote, Morning Sessions

11:30 - 1:15pm


1:30 - 5:00pm

Afternoon Sessions

A G E N D A   A T   A   G L A N C E


Sponsored by:

Jeff Speck


Principal, Speck & Associates LLC

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.  As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design.  Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement.  Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.


With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.”  His latest book, Walkable City–which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” –was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-16.  His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than four million times.

Kristin Baja

Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network

Kristin Baja (‘Baja’) is USDN’s Climate Resilience Officer and is responsible for helping cities identify strategic ways to advance climate resilience planning and implementation and building their capacity to take proactive action. Baja focuses her time on supporting members and partners in working at the nexus of resilience, mitigation and equity while also helping center equity in their climate and sustainability work. She helps facilitate deeper relationships between local governments and stakeholders while helping to identify and shift focus to more collaborative and transformational action.


Prior to USDN, Baja served as the Climate and Resilience Planner with the City of Baltimore's Office of Sustainability where she led the city's climate and equity work. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning and a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan. She is also an Aspen Global Change Institute Fellow, is an EPIC-N board member, and serves on several local and international advisory committees. In 2016, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change for her work on climate and equity.



Lana'i: Endangered Species & Watershed Management

NOTE: Itinerary has changed as of 8/2/19.

Tour departs promptly at 6:30am on Wednesday, September 11 from the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa porte cochère. Space is limited to registered HCPO attendees only.


Learn of the diverse efforts that have made a significant impact in survival rates for Lāna‘i’s Hawaiian Petrels, an endangered species.  National Fish & Wildlife Foundation in partnership with Pulama Lāna‘i is in the process of setting aside 30% of Lāna‘i for watershed protection.  Erosion has severely impacted this area of the island.  To restore the watershed will require specific programs to remove Axis deer from the areas, fencing, replanting native species, and removal of invasive species. 

Departing from the Lahaina Boat Harbor, you will board Trilogy's Elua luxury sailing 55' catamaran for a serene crossing of the `Au`au channel to Lānaʻi.  There you will learn about the importance of Lānaʻi’s watersheds, the strategy to protect the Hawaiian Petrels and other native birds, and the methods and tools that have proven to be most effective.  You will also enjoy an exclusively prepared lunch at the Lānaʻi City Bar & Grille, located at the newly renovated Hotel Lānaʻi. The meal will showcase locally sourced ingredients, including produce grown at the Sensei Lānaʻi Farms.


Travel to Lānaʻi will be by Trilogy's Elua catamaran from the Lāhainā Small Boat Harbor.  Comfortable, covered shoes and sunscreen are recommended; light jacket is optional.

M E E T   O U R   S P E A K E R S

With more than 90 speakers from across the islands and mainland, this year's HCPO is packed with best practices, case studies and lessons learned from seasoned professionals.



All discounted conference rate rooms for the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa are sold out. You may contact the hotel directly and inquire about Rack Rate availability and pricing at www.marriott.com or (808) 661-0031.


There is no complimentary shuttle service from Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua Airport (JHM) to Ka'anapali. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, we encourage attendees to book a round-trip airport shuttle (price ranges between $65-$75) or utilize ride-sharing or taxi services if traveling in groups.

Once you are at the hotel, you will have access to the complimentary Ka'anapali Trolley within Ka'anapali Resort as well as complimentary scheduled shuttle service provided by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa to/from historic Lahaina town.



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M A H A L O  to our  S P O N S O R S

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