The shoreline of what is today Waikīkī Beach was once only a narrow strip of beach nestled between wetlands and a fringing reef. Since then, the Waikīkī district has become an internationally renowned tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the globe and providing a venue for much of Hawai‘i’s economic activity. Recent hurricane seasons have highlighted the risk of natural hazards and the impacts they can have on an island community. Because of its density of development and population, Waikīkī is especially vulnerable, and impacts could have significant economic consequences for the state and city. However, there are ongoing efforts to understand these potential impacts and explore ways to ensure they are mitigated against while also establishing procedures and relationships so Waikīkī bounces forward from any such event. This lecture will include presentations from the City’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, as well as the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai‘i (NDPTC), describing some of these efforts to increase Waikīkī’s resilience to natural disasters through outreach, research and recovery planning.
Rob Porro, Coastal Planning and Engineering Specialist, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai‘i
Matthew Gonser, Coastal and Water Program Manager, City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
Free seminar, and free parking after 4pm. Please arrive at 6:15pm. (808) 397-5840.