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M E E T   O U R   S P E A K E R S

Session 1a: Keep Calm and Vision Zero On

Michael Yee

As the Planning Director of Hawai’i County since December 2016, Michael brought 30 years of experience in community development, affordable housing, urban planning, historic preservation and social justice from Seattle. He believes in building trusting relationships between communities, government and businesses that create the foundation for impactful collaborations. Michael describes his compass as calibrated to making Hawaii Island a place where his 4 year old, part Native Hawaiian son, will thrive and choose to live. As a vocal advocate of social justice and equity, Michael is continuously learning how to start and maintain the uncomfortable conversations in our Hawai’i context. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts, College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University Washington and a Master in Business Administration, Albers School of Business at Seattle University.

Lauren Armstrong

Lauren joined Maui MPO as Executive Director in September 2016. Lauren grew up in Haiku, received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Middlebury College, and a Master's degree in Urban & Regional Planning from UH Mānoa. Lauren worked as an environmental planner for Townscape Inc. on O‘ahu, then as a community planner for Marin County in California, with a focus on climate adaptation and public outreach programs.

Diane Dohm

Diane is a Senior Transportation Planner at the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) and is responsible for long-range transportation planning. She co-chairs the Pedestrian-Bicyclist Emphasis Area of the Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawai’i. Prior to joining the OahuMPO, she was a Senior Planner at the Houston-Galveston Area Council managing the Pedestrian-Bicyclist Planning Program. Her planning career focuses on active transportation including long-range transportation planning, programming, pedestrian-bicyclist traffic monitoring, policy development, and comprehensive city planning. She has worked for cities, counties, regional MPO’s, and non-profit organizations. She has a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Chris “CJ” Johnson

CJ is a mobility justice advocate and transportation planner with experience that includes community organizing, nonprofit leadership, and public administration in active transportation and transit. Across sectors and roles, the unifying theme of his work is a commitment to supporting interdisciplinary coalitions, challenging institutional biases, and promoting accessible, accountable and inclusive transportation systems and policies that prioritize the needs and honor the lived experience of vulnerable communities. He has lived and worked in Colorado, The Bay Area, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Kari Benes

Kari is a Trauma System Public Health Educator. Over the past 13 years with the Department of Health, she has incorporated a public health perspective with other state, county and community members on traffic safety initiatives and policies such as the ignition interlock program, Age Friendly Cities Initiative, Screening and Brief Intervention programs, Hawaii’s completes streets act, the universal seat belt law, and the Hawaii Strategic Highway Safety Plan and the State Highway Safety Council. Currently she chairs the Strategic Highway Safety Plan Core Committee.

Session 1b: Creating Place: Effective Placemaking in Planning

 

Robert Barber, FAICP

Robert (Partner, Orion Planning Group) has more than 26 years of planning practice. Prior to founding Orion Planning Group, Bob was Director of Planning for Hernando, Mississippi selected as one of the 100 best small towns in America by Forbes Magazine in 2012. His planning practice focuses on community design, preservation, place making and smart growth principles and productive community engagement to create communities of lasting value.  Bob served as Region III Commissioner on the American Institute of Certified Planners Commission, is the past president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association, and former Chairman of APA’s Chapter Presidents Council and AICP’s College of Fellows. 

Carol Rhea, FAICP

Carol (Orion Planning Group) has 30 years of planning practice. Prior to founding Orion Planning Group, Carol created and staffed Rhea Consulting, serving communities in North and South Carolina. Previously she was the Assistant Director of Planning and Development Services for York County, SC responsible for the daily administration of planning, zoning, building inspections and customer service divisions. She also worked as a regional planner for the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, served more than 8 years as a Community Development Planner for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and worked 5 years as the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Monroe, NC.  Her experience has spanned city, county, regional and state agencies and includes conducting and reporting reviews of outer continental shelf oil and gas exploration proposals with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, and managing programs for solid waste program, code enforcement, community development and building inspections.  She is a certified LID professional.

 

Jen Maydan, AICP

Jen joined the Planning Department in May 2014 with a passion to work with communities to plan for a sustainable, resilient, and equitable Maui County.  She has over 13 years of experience in community planning in Maui County, working on projects including the Maui Island Plan, Lanai Community Plan, Molokai Community Plan, and West Maui Community Plan.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver and is a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  She is also Chair of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition for Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Session 1c: Planning for Hawai‘i’s Fresh Water Security

 

Dana Okano

Dana is a Program Director in Strategies, Initiatives & Networks division of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF). She began with HCF in 2017, taking over the environment and sustainability portfolio at the organization. She oversees various programs, initiatives, projects and grants within this portfolio of up to $5M annually. 

 

Prior to joining HCF, Dana worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as land-based sources of pollution coordinator, coral reef management liaison, and coastal zone management specialist. In these roles, she provided grant funding and technical support across a range of coastal and watershed issues to non-federal partners across the US Pacific jurisdictions, ensuring science-driven management was supporting policy and programmatic decisions. She also informed federal decision-makers of resource and capacity priorities across the jurisdictions.  

 

Previous to NOAA, she was a coastal zone management planner with County of Hawai‘i Planning Department where she focused on coastal related land use planning issues including coastal and marine water quality, and shoreline access protection. Dana also served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa.   

 

Dana has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and has professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  

Barry Usagawa

Barry is the Program Administrator for the Water Resources Division of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.  He administers the Water Systems Planning, Water Conservation, Recycled Water, Long Range Planning, Hydrology-Geology and Project Review functions of the department.  Water Resources conducts long-range water resource and capital planning for Oahu to ensure sustainable water resources and dependable water systems for current and future customers.  Barry has lead the development of Oahu’s 8 regional Watershed Management Plans for resource protection and water use and development.  Barry is a member of the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Freshwater Council which developed the State Freshwater Blueprint for water conservation, reuse and recharge targets to ensure 100 mgd of resilient water by 2030.

 

Barry has worked for over 34 years at Honolulu Board of Water Supply in water systems analysis, environmental, capital planning, water resource management, conservation, reuse, water rights and land use planning.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Hawaii and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Kaleo Manuel

Kaleo is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, born and raised on the Island of Hawai‘i.  He currently serves as the Deputy Director for the State of Hawai‘i, Commission on Water Resource Management tasked with administering the State Water Code created in 1987. 

 

He is a ho‘opa‘a in Halau Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, completing his traditional ‘uniki rites with Kumu Hula Victoria Holt-Takamine in 2017.  Kaleo also holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, all from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. 

 

Kaleo began his professional planning career at the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.  Evolving from a land use focus, over the past eight years, Kaleo has focused on bringing planning and indigenous expertise to the fields of water advocacy and management in Hawai‘i.  Kaleo is one of 21 Obama Leaders representing the Asia-Pacific region with the Obama Foundation. 

Randall Wakumoto

Randall has a Bachelor of Science’s degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Hawaii.  He has 23 years of engineering work experience with the City and County of Honolulu and is currently the branch head for the Storm Water Quality Branch under the Department of Facility Maintenance.  As head of the branch, his responsibilities include administering the City’s storm water management program which includes coordinating various types of inspections, enforcement, water quality sampling and monitoring, public education, outreach and training.

Session 1d: Ensuring Space for Coastal Ecosystems as Sea Level Rises

 

Jim Buika

For the past decade, Jim has been the Lead Shoreline Planner for the County of Maui's Coastal Zone Management Program. Jim is also the Chair of the Hawaii State Hazard Mitigation Forum and represents the County of Maui on two Hawaii Ocean Resource Management Plan Action Teams, led by the State Office of Planning. Prior to the Planning Department, Jim served as a member of the Executive Management Team at the Pacific Disaster Center, Maui, and as the Regional Earthquake Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, San Francisco. For 30 years, Jim has managed hazard mitigation planning projects for several Pacific islands, internationally, and California. Jim holds a M. S. in Geology from the University of Southern California and a B. S. in Geology from the University of Rochester, NY.

Dr. Fern P. Duvall II

After receiving his B.S. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Fern earned two graduate degrees in Zoology from The Free University of (West) Berlin. Fern worked for 12 years as the State Aviculturist for the Captive Propagation of endangered Hawaiian birds. In 1996 Fern became the Wildlife Biologist for the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife on Maui, working with native Hawaiian waterbirds, forest birds, seabirds, invertebrates, plants, and non-native vertebrates. Fern now works as the Native Ecosystems Protection and Management (NEPM) Maui Nui Program Manager, Maui District. NEPM protects the State's most diverse, pristine, unique remaining natural landscapes and ecosystems, with all the native flora and fauna they house. Fern is responsible for the original conception and staffing of Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, as well as other native waterbird and forest bird work which fulfills seabird, waterbird and forest bird management and research mandates of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Kristin Baja

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 a Certified Floodplain Manager, an Aspen Global Change Institute Fellow, 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.

Plenary Panel: Paradigm Shift on Kaua'i's North Shore

 

Lee Steinmetz

Lee is the Transportation Planner for the County of Kaua‘i. From high-altitude planning to detailed design, Lee assists in the advancement of vibrant and healthy communities. Lee has been a bicycle commuter since elementary school. His children grew up walking to school.

 

Representative Nadine Nakamura

Nadine K. Nakamura was elected to the State of Hawaii, House of Representative, District 14 in 2016. Prior to her election, she served as Managing Director of the County of Kaua`i.  She was elected in 2010 and 2012 to serve on the Kaua`i County Council. Prior to serving in elected office, Representative Nakamura owned and operated NKN Project Planning, a planning consulting firm, for over twenty years. Her planning experience spans public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

 

Alan Carpenter

Alan is the Assistant Administrator for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of State Parks. In his role with State Parks, Alan has been integral to the development of the Hā‘ena State Park Master Plan and its implementation.

 

Larry Dill

Larry is the Kaua’i District Engineer for the Hawaii Department of Transportation Highways Division. Prior to that he served as the County Engineer for the County of Kaua’i Department of Public Works.

 

Chris Tatum

Chris was appointed as president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) in November, 2018. Chris joined HTA after retiring from a 37-year career as a senior executive with Marriott, most recently as the area general manager for Marriott Resorts Hawai‘i. Chris has contributed his time and expertise to helping improve Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, having previously served as chairman of the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, O‘ahu Visitors Bureau and Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association.

 

Joel Guy

Joel lives and breathes Kaua‘i. Born and raised on the island, his roots run deep. Joel strives to live “Aloha,” bringing love, respect and deeply ethical values to all he does. He is the executive director of the Hanalei Initiative, a non-profit formed in 2018 to address some of the North Shore’s most pressing issues, including water quality and transportation. He has also served as President of the Hanalei to Hā‘ena Community Association.

 

Chipper Wichman

Chipper is a sixth-generation resident of Ha‘ena. He is the President of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) a Congressionally Chartered nonprofit headquartered on Kauai that manages ten properties in Hawaii and Florida, including Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the North Shore of Kaua‘i. Chipper and his wife, Hau‘oli, are founding members of the Hui Makaʻainana o Makana, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to perpetuating and teaching the skills, knowledge, and practices of our kupuna through the interpretation, restoration, care, and protection of the natural and cultural resources that are located within the Ha‘ena State Park.” Both locally and statewide, Chipper is recognized as a leader in community empowerment, and in transferring Hawaiian cultural values and knowledge to younger generations.

Session 2a: Addressing Sea Level Rise in Community Planning

 

Bradley Romine

Brad’s role as Hawai’i Sea Grant extension faculty is to provide bridges between university, communities, and government to meet the complimentary goals of conserving coastal ecosystems and reducing natural hazards risk to coastal communities.  He works closely with State and county government and the public on collaborative projects to support planning and decision-making based on the latest and best-available coastal and climate science.  Brad completed his PhD in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2013 and has published research articles on coastal geology, beach processes, shoreline change, and sea level rise impacts in Hawai’i. 

 

Kitty Courtney

Dr. Kitty Courtney is a Marine Environmental Scientist with Tetra Tech’s Honolulu Office. She has over 30 years of experience as project manager and technical lead on projects in marine and coastal management, climate change adaptation, and community resilience in the U.S. and internationally. For 7 of those years, she lived in the Philippines leading the USAID-funded Coastal Resource Management Project to build the capacity of local governments and communities in managing their coastal resources.  Her adaptation-related projects include working with the 6 countries in the Coral Triangle to develop their Region-wide Early Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and their Guide for Vulnerability Assessment and Local Early Action Planning. She also led the development of the Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report. She is currently working with UH Sea Grant to develop guidance for addressing sea level rise in community planning and disaster recovery preparedness.

 

Pam Eaton

Pam joined the County of Maui, Planning Department Long Range Planning Division in 2014.

Pam has over 35 years' experience with public policy, transportation & land use planning, flooding and coastal hazards, emergency management, watershed management, public outreach and training, local, state and federal legislative analysis and development, and climate change impact and adaptation assessments. She holds a B.A in Government and Economics from Georgetown University and a M.A in Oceanography and Marine Policy from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Marie Williams, AICP

Marie manages the Long Range Planning Division of the Kaua'i County Planning Department.  She has over 10 years of experience working in community planning, multimodal transportation, and healthy community design.  She is the chair of Get Fit Kaua'i's Built Environment Task Force and serves on the board of Kaua'i Path and the Hawai'i State Community and Urban Forestry Council.  Marie holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University. She is a graduate of Kahuku High School.

 

Noelle Cole

Noelle is a planner with the City and County of Honolulu's Planning Division and the Acting Branch Chief for Policy Planning.  She is currently managing the update to the Primary Urban Center Development Plan, a land use and policy document covering the greater urban area of Honolulu last updated in 2004.  Before joining the City and County of Honolulu in 2015, Noelle was a co-founder and consultant with Resource Refocus, LLC, in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the management of zero net energy technical assistance programs and related public engagement.  She holds Master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in Landscape Architecture and City Planning.

 

Bethany Morrison

Bethany has worked in the County of Hawaii Planning Department for almost 12 years.  As a planner in the Long Range Planning Division of the Hawaii County Planning Department, she has participated in the several coastal resource management initiatives, including the Ocean Resource Management Plan Working Group, and project staff for various climate change initiatives.  She has also been a part of the Community Development Plan planning team, administering implementation of the plans through the Action Committees.  She is currently serving as the project manager for the General Plan Comprehensive Review Update.  Bethany studied pre-law and political science, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University- Fresno.

Session 2b: Short-Term Rental Enforcement: Data and Innovation

 

Ulrik Binzer

Ulrik is the Founder and CEO of Host Compliance, the industry leader in short-term rental monitoring and compliance solutions for local governments. A pioneer in the short-term rental enforcement solution space, Ulrik developed the first short-term rental compliance monitoring tools and now uses his expertise and insights to help local governments across North America implement, monitor and enforce short-term rental regulation. Ulrik previously served in a variety of leadership roles in management consulting, private equity, startups and the military and developed his strategic and analytical skill-set at McKinsey & Company and the Harvard Business School.

Kaʻaina Hull

Kaʻaina is Planning Director for the County of Kaua‘i. He previously served as the Planning Deputy Director for 3 years, and he worked as a Planner within the Department’s Regulatory Division for several years prior. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and UC Berkeley; in his free time, he enjoys raising citrus trees and sheep on his small Omao farm.

 

Conklin "Kai" Wright

Kai is a Zoning Inspector for the County of Maui’s Zoning and Enforcement Division. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and born and raised on Oahu. Kai has been involved with Maui’s short-term rental challenges for many years.

Session 2c: Beyond the Human Cost of Homelessness

 

Marc Alexander

Marc was born in Sagami, Japan, and raised in Hawaii. Appointed by Mayor Caldwell in 2017, he is the Executive Director of the Office of Housing for the City and County of Honolulu. Prior to this appointment, he served at the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Institute for Human Services, the first Hawaii State Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, and in administrative and pastoral positions in the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaii. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and has published and spoken in the fields of public policy, bioethics, and theology.

 

David Nakama

Born and raised on Maui, David studied at Weber State University in Utah and has a BA in Social Work from the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa. He has over 18 years of experience as a professional Social Worker with the State Judiciary.

The Homeless Program Division will work in collaboration with service providers, federal, state and county agencies to develop ongoing strategies to end homelessness, with a focus on addressing homeless impacts, prevention, support housing initiatives and public education.

 

Steve Peterson

Steve is a principal and project manager with 30 years’ experience preparing environmental plans, CEQA/NEPA documents for public and private sector projects. He is interested in minimizing impacts and accelerating the development of smart projects. Steve is a former Vice President of the California Urban Creeks Council and the Save the American River Association and was a founding Director of the Sacramento River Preservation Trust. He has also served as a pro bono publico consultant to Sacramento Safe Ground and Sacramento Loaves & Fishes to support solutions that protect homeless citizens and our natural resources.

Session 2d: New Challenges - New Opportunities: Transforming the Maui County Parks Department

 

David Yamashita

David is a community planner with over 35 years of professional experience in urban design, community plan­ning and open space planning in Portland, Oregon and Maui County. He has worked on a wide range of studies and plans for communities, redevelopment areas, and master plans for parks and natural resource areas.

 

David is a planner with the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to this position, David was a Planning Supervisor with the Department of Planning's Long-Range Division.

 

In addition to working on several master plans for the DPR, David is also actively involved in the Wailuku – Kahului TOD Master Plan, the county’s Healthy Communities Initiative, and the Kahului 2070 Redevelopment Study.

 

David has Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon. 

 

 

Karla Peters

Karla Peters is the Director of the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation. She has over 22 years of experience with the Parks Department in a variety of positions. Within her career at the Parks Department, Karla has experience in managing a variety of capital improvement projects and has an extensive understanding of how the parks system is developed, improved and maintained.

 

As a former Maintenance Superintendent, she supervised the day-to-day operations of maintenance division staff. Through this position, she was also responsible for the Waiehu Golf Course, 22 community centers, 130 sports fields, and over 2,500 acres of developed park land.

 

Karla was born and raised on Maui and has been a lifelong user and supporter of the county's parks and recreation facilities.

Session 3a: Quicker, Faster, Lighter: Keep Calm + Quick Build On!

 

Tammy Chase-Brunelle

Tammy is the SNAP-Ed Coordinator for the Hawaii Department of Health. Tammy is a strong advocate for community design and access work through sustainable activities that will have a long-term benefit to the community. As the SNAP-Ed Coordinator, Tammy works to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles.

Chris “CJ” Johnson

CJ is a Transportation Planner, City and County of Honolulu. CJ is a mobility justice advocate and transportation planner with experience that includes community organizing, nonprofit leadership, and public administration in active transportation and transit. Across sectors and roles, the unifying theme of his work is a commitment to supporting interdisciplinary coalitions, challenging institutional biases, and promoting accessible, accountable and inclusive transportation systems and policies that prioritize the needs and honor the lived experience of vulnerable communities. He has lived and worked in Colorado, The Bay Area, Chicago, and Las Vegas.\

Colby Takeda

Colby is the community program manager for Blue Zones Project Hawai‘i, a well-being initiative that shares practices from the longevity hot-spots—blue zones—around the world. Colby works with the community to develop innovative programs, cross-sector partnerships, and effective health policies to improve population health and make healthy choices easier. As a champion for intergenerational activities, Colby has coordinated several community-led built environment endeavors that have effectively incorporated youth and older adults throughout the project process—from conception and planning to execution and evaluation.

 

Colby thrives at the intersection of health, business, and society and enjoys building community capacity as a volunteer with several non-profits. After completing his undergraduate studies at Willamette University, he earned his M.B.A. from the University of Hawai'i Shidler College of Business and his M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

John Hagihara

John is a 2013 graduate from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and recent AICP. John has been a professional planner with HHF Planners for 6 years. During his time with HHF, he has managed a variety of environmental and multimodal transportation planning projects around Hawai‘i and the Pacific. As a daily bike commuter, John is passionate about creating safer streets for all transportation modes and all users. His recent projects include planning station locations for the launch and expansion of Honolulu's bikeshare system, Biki, and the ongoing O‘ahu Bike Plan Update. In his spare time, John enjoys surfing, traveling, and riding bikes with his family.

 

Erin Wade

Erin is the Redevelopment Program Planner with the Department of Management for Maui County. Erin has worked in the planning field since 1996. Both her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has worked in Hawaii since 1999 and specializes in community outreach, transportation and redevelopment planning. Erin is currently the project coordinator for the Wailuku Town Improvements Projects which breaks ground this month.

Session 3b: 201H Projects: Solution or Problem?

 

Kanani Fu

Kanani serves as the Development Manager for the Kaua'i County Housing Agency and formerly served as the Housing Director.  During her tenure, Kaua'i has seen an unprecedented boon in affordable housing - delivering over 300 affordable housing units over the past year.  Her leadership has made Kaua'i's housing projects competitive during the annual statewide tax-credit competitions resulting in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits awarded in 2017, 2018, and 2019 for three Kaua'i projects that will leverage over $100 million of combined financing and produce 200 new affordable homes.  Under her directorship, the Housing Agency successfully entitled Kaua'i County's first master-planned community, Lima Ola, through the 201H process and has secured over $19 million to commence development this Fall.

 

Lori Tsuhako, LSW, ACSW

Lori is the Director of the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns.  She has been a professional social worker for more than 33 years, and has worked in a wide variety of practice settings including aging, child welfare, and housing and services for the homeless.  She believes that improved collaboration and integration will lead to better outcomes for our community.  Lori’s most important role these days is as caregiver to her 89 year old dad. 

 

Linda Munsell

Linda is the Deputy Director of the County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns. She has served in the County Housing Division for nearly a decade, most recently as the Assistant Housing Administrator working with developers of both workforce and affordable housing projects. She has a background in industrial management and accounting.

Session 3c: Moving Forward with an Action-Based General Plan

 

Marie Williams, AICP

Marie manages the Long Range Planning Division of the Kaua'i County Planning Department.  She has over 10 years of experience working in community planning, multimodal transportation, and healthy community design.  She helped implement Kaua'i’s first form-based code and managed the Kaua'i General Plan, which won the American Planning Association’s National Award of Excellence.  She is the chair of Get Fit Kaua'i’s Built Environment Task Force and serves on the board of Kaua'i Path and the Hawai'i State Community and Urban Forestry Council.  Marie holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Geography from Brigham Young University. She is a graduate of Kahuku High School.

 

Lee Steinmetz

Lee is the Transportation Planner for the County of Kaua‘i. From high-altitude planning to detailed design, Lee assists in the advancement of vibrant and healthy communities.

Lee has been a bicycle commuter since elementary school. His children grew up walking to school.

 

Bev Brody

Bev is the Director of Get Fit Kauai; the Healthy Eating Active Living Community Coalition of Kaua‘i County.  Bev oversees 3 Community Task Forces and 7 Community Action Groups.

Through its Built Environment and Safe Routes to School Task Forces, Get Fit Kaua‘i has led successful advocacy efforts for three major policy changes, including a county Complete Streets resolution, a county ordinance change to the subdivision code that requires sidewalks and shorter block lengths, and a statewide Safe Routes to School Bill that allocates funding from speeding traffic violations to counties for Safe Routes to School efforts.

 

Kaʻaina Hull

Kaʻaina is the Planning Director for the County of Kaua‘i. He previously served as the Planning Deputy Director for 3 years, and he worked as a Planner within the Department’s Regulatory Division for several years prior. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and UC Berkeley; in his free time, he enjoys raising citrus trees and sheep on his small Omao farm.

 

Michael Dahilig

Michael is the Managing Director for the County of Kaua'i. He was previously served as Kaua'i County’s Planning Director for eight years. He is a graduate of UH-Mānoa.

 

Luke Evslin

Luke is a Kaua’i County councilmember. While attending the University of Hawai’i he co-founded Kamanu Composites, which has grown to become the largest producer of outrigger canoes in America. He is currently pursuing a Masters in public administration with a certificate in public policy from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, he served on the citizen’s advisory committee for the Kaua’i General Plan update, and he worked as a columnist at Civil Beat focusing on land use, energy, and climate change. He is a graduate of Kaua’i High School. 

Session 3d: Land Redevelopment Advanced by ArcGIS Urban and Hub

 

Ken Schmidt

Ken is the GIS Administrator for the City and County of Honolulu.  Since 1990 Ken has coordinated the development, implementation, and management of Honolulu’s GIS operations.  In the mid 1990’s, Honolulu was one of the first municipalities to develop a publicly available GIS website and data.  In 1998 Ken led the effort to acquire and deploy the City’s land, construction, and building permit tracking and management system.  The integration of GIS with the permitting system established the Honolulu Land Information System (HoLIS) in the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting.  Shortly thereafter, he managed the implementation of the web based “HONLine” apply, pay and print permitting functions, which depended on the integration of geospatial data to confirm regulatory designations and land use constraints.  As a result, customer service lines were drastically reduced, employees were able to focus on the permits for complex developments, and additional revenues were generated without requiring additional staff or services.  In 2010, Ken was recognized as the City’s Manager of the Year for his role in administering these programs and for continuing to advance the capabilities and use of geospatial technologies throughout the City and its communities.  Ken is now focused on creating tools that utilize the latest urban modeling capabilities for evaluating various land use redevelopment proposals in a collaborative and interactive environment.

 

Rod Low

Rod has been providing GIS project support in Hawaii for twenty-five years.  While at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he contributed to conservation plans including some of the initial efforts that led to the establishment of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.  For the past eighteen years, he has been a GIS Solution Engineer at Esri's Honolulu office primarily working with state and local government GIS users, planners and managers.  Within the context of disaster planning and response, he served as one of the developers on the team that created the Honua Situational Awareness Viewer that was deployed in the Honolulu EOC.  He has consulted with planning agencies on GIS for land use mapping.  In addition to his role at Esri, Rod is simultaneously pursuing a Professional Certificate at the UH Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

 

Todd Kingman

Todd is an Account Manager based in Honolulu supporting Esri users across the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific region. With a background in Information Technology and Knowledge Management, Todd strives to establish efficiencies, foster collaboration, and connect people. Todd has been a resident of Hawai‘i for over 40 years and his past experience has given him the opportunity to work for small business, state government, and the Department of Defense. Even greater than his passion for technology is the fulfillment Todd receives by empowering technology users.

Session 3e: County Water Use and Development Plans

 

Jeremy Kimura

Jeremy is a hydrologist for the Commission on Water Resource Management’s Water Resource Planning Branch. He has been with the agency since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Edward Doi

Edward is the head of the Kauai Water Department’s Water Resources and Planning Division. He has been an engineer with the Department for over 30 years.

 

Barry Usagawa

Barry is the Program Administrator for the Water Resources Division of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.  He administers the Water Systems Planning, Water Conservation, Recycled Water, Long Range Planning, Hydrology-Geology and Project Review functions of the department.  Water Resources conducts long-range water resource and capital planning for Oahu to ensure sustainable water resources and dependable water systems for current and future customers.  Barry is a member of the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Freshwater Council which developed the State Freshwater Blueprint for water conservation, reuse and recharge targets to ensure 100 mgd of resilient water by 2030.

 

Barry has worked for over 33 years at Honolulu Board of Water Supply in water systems analysis, environmental, capital planning, water resource management, conservation, reuse, water rights and land use planning.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Hawaii and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Eva Blumenstein

Eva manages the Water Resources and Planning Division of the Maui County Department of Water Supply. She oversees the Department’s Conservation Program, Source Protection Program, Watershed Protection Grants and Master Planning. Her involvement in water resource use and policy includes serving on the Maui Drought Committee, the Hawaii Water Loss Control Committee, the DLNR Forest Stewardship Advisory Committee and the Water Security Advisory Group. Eva earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Hawaii at Manoa and holds a Master of Law from the University of Stockholm in her native Sweden.

Session 4a: Recent Developments in Land Use and Planning Law

 

David L. Callies, FAICP

David is the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he teaches land use, state and local government and real property. Prior to coming to Hawaii he practiced local government and land use law with the firm of Ross & Hardies of Chicago during which time he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and served as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He is a graduate of DePauw University, the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and the University of Nottingham (LL.M.), and a past foreign fellow and present life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.  He is the author of Regulating Paradise:  Land Use Controls in Hawaii” (2d ed. 2010). Read more about Professor Callies at www.law.hawaii.edu/personnel/callies/david.

 

Calvert G. Chipchase

Calvert is a Partner at Cades Schutte LLP.  A second generation Hawaii lawyer, Cal earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and a member of the Hawaii Law Review Editorial Board. Before joining Cades Schutte, Cal clerked for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Alan C. Kay, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.  A frequent Lecturer in law and guest lecturer, Cal has taught courses at the Richardson School of law for the past sixteen years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Cal regularly speaks to business groups and provides continuing legal education seminars to businesses, realtors and planners.  Learn more about Cal at www.cades.com/attorneys/chipchase-calvert-g.

 

Jesse K. Souki

Jesse is an Associate General Counsel at the University of Hawaii.  Jesse has been working on Hawaii land use law and policy matters for over fifteen years in both the public and private sectors.  His work has involved land use projects across the State of Hawaii, including public infrastructure, regional parks, mixed-use development, transit-oriented development, hotels and resorts, coastal land use, climate adaptation, and public-private partnerships.  In the public sector, he served as a county attorney on Maui and Oahu and in leadership positions including director of the Office of State Planning, deputy director at the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and executive director of the Hawaii Community Development Authority.  He has written extensively on the topic and provides continuing education instruction for planners, lawyers, and realtors.  He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in economics (B.A.) and political science (M.A.), and the Seattle University School of Law (J.D.).  Learn more about Jesse at www.hilanduselaw.com.

Session 4b: AICP: What Is It?

 

Peter Flaschbart

Peter Flaschbart is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He has been with the Department for nearly 40 years.