It is more risky to remain tied at the dock than to sail.
— Nainoa Thompson


The City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (Resilience Office) was established by City Charter in 2016 with overwhelming approval by O‘ahu voters. As mandated by Charter, the Resilience Office is tasked with tracking climate change science and potential impacts on City facilities, coordinating actions and policies of departments within the City to increase community preparedness, developing resilient infrastructure in response to the effects from climate change, and integrating sustainable and environmental values into City plans, programs, and policies. As a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, the Resilience Office is also responsible for developing Oʻahu’s Resilience Strategy, which will include the City’s first-ever climate action and adaptation plan.

The Resilience Strategy will identify specific metrics and actions to track the City’s progress.


100 Resilient Cities describes urban resilience as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

Chronic stresses weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. Examples include ongoing issues such as rising inequity, lack of social cohesion and inadequate public transport.

Acute shocks are sudden, sharp events that threaten a city. Examples include heatwaves, floods, disease outbreaks and cyber-attacks.

Improving the systems and networks that make up a city will increase our resilience overall. Resilient systems withstand, respond to and adapt more readily to shocks and stresses. They emerge stronger after tough times and live better in good times.

100 Resilient Cities has developed the city resilience framework to provide a lens to understand the complexity of city systems and the drivers that contribute to their resilience.

Developing the Strategy

  1. Outreach and Citizen Feedback - Explain public outreach efforts and stats

  2. Preliminary Resilience Assessment - Explain what is the PRA

  3. Strategy Developing and Working Groups - Explain process of Working Groups

  4. Implementation - Explain Resilience Strategy is the execution

The Resilience Strategy will be released soon.