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UPDATE: September 10, 2019

Descriptions for Plenary Sessions

(Not printed in HCPO Program)

Paradigm Shift on Kaua‘i’s North Shore

Thursday, September 12  |  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The crisis of Kaua'i’s North Shore flood event of April 2018 also brought opportunity to change the status quo on the North Shore at one of Kauai’s most heavily traveled destinations: Ha‘ena State Park. A working group representing multiple State and County agencies and the community worked together to implement plans that normally would have taken a decade, but are being implemented in one year to address congestion, visitor impact on communities, and protection of sensitive resources.


This session will provide a statement of problems that needed to be addressed (congestion, safety, impact to sensitive resources), an overview of plans that were developed prior to the flood (Ha‘ena State Park Master Plan, Tourism Strategic Plan, Shuttle Feasibility Study), and how a multi-agency and community working group worked together to fast-track implementation. In addition to plans and policy, legislative steps that were taken to support implementation will also be discussed. Challenges along the way and next steps will be presented.


The process used may be a model for other parts of the State facing similar issues. The panel will also discuss elements that are critical to success for those who may wish to consider a similar process.

Managing the Complex Issue of Retreat

Friday, September 13  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Managed retreat is just 1 of 3 main adaptation strategies to address existing development that is subject to coastal hazards. In Hawaii, accommodation and protection strategies are most understood & implemented, but the concept of managed retreat from chronic erosion & SLR remains less known. The time is now to identify what is needed to enable State and County agencies integrate discussions for the proactive consideration of managed retreat into long-range planning.


This session will build from a study by the Coastal Zone Management Program to analyze the implications and feasibility of managed retreat in Hawaii. Discussions will provide each County’s current perspective on managed retreat, including the next steps and policies that may be explored to consider for implementation of this complex adaptation strategy.


The session may also incorporate lessons learned from recent local natural disasters and how these experiences may further drive the discussion of shifting development from harm’s way.