Resilience Strategy Public Engagement
In 2016 the voters overwhelmingly elected to create an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (Resilience Office). Several months before that Honolulu was selected into the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Program. Supported with a resilience framework through 100RC the Resilience Office quickly sought community perceptions of challenges and opportunities regarding shocks and stresses that affect the resilience of this island. With the first staff joining the Resilience Office in May 2017 and the Resilience Strategy agenda setting workshop kicking off the process in July 2017, participation has been broad and frequent - mahalo nui loa!
Over a period of seven months, community members participated in an intensive engagement and fact finding effort, during which more than 200 organizations were interviewed/surveyed and survey inputs was provided by more than 2,200 individuals representing the range of O‘ahu’s geographical, ethnic, gender, and age diversity. This island-wide engagement effort had two main objectives: (1) to introduce the new Resilience Office, and (2) to invite input to inform the Preliminary Resilience Assessment toward the development of the Resilience Strategy.
In tandem with the public engagement initiative, the Resilience Office worked closely with the 100RC Strategy Partner, AECOM, to research the city’s assets, key data sets, and known stresses. The chief output from the Phase I process described above was Honolulu’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA) and defined main themes for Phase II investigations.