"Improving How We Plan For Hawai'i's Communities: Challenges and Opportunities"

APA Hawaii Chapter


Thursday, September 22, 2016
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CDT

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For over 40 years in Hawai'i, the community plan (a.k.a., the development plan) has been used to implement county-wide policy and shape land use at the local level.  However, limited resources, a lengthy public process, and slow or absent implementation, have challenged the effectiveness of such plans and the ability of counties to regularly update them.  This panel will explore how Maui, Hawai'i and Honolulu Counties are rising to the challenge:  How can the community planning process be improved?  How can plans more effectively address our critical issues of housing, climate change, and improving the water + land use connection? Also learn what's happening on the national level and how one watershed hui with an outdated community plan has taken matters into their own hands.


April Surprenant

Confirmed Speaker

April Surprenant, AICP, AIA, is the Manager of Long Range Planning for Hawai‘i County Planning Department. She oversees the County’s General Plan, the regional community development plans, village plans, transportation planning, Coastal Zone Management Program, and the Capital Improvement Program. April utilizes her diverse background in planning, architecture ... Read More

Makaala Kaaumoana

Confirmed Speaker

Maka’ala Ka’aumoana was born in Kaneohe, Hawaii. She was educated in Hawai’i, the Marianas and California. Her interest in community issues was fostered at a young age by a father who taught that “service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy on this earth ... Read More

Carol Rhea, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Carol Rhea, FAICP, is the immediate Past- President of the American Planning Association. She is a founding partner of the Orion Planning + Design, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her ... Read More

Pam Eaton

Confirmed Speaker

Pam Eaton joined the Maui County Department of Planning's Long Range Division as the Planning Program Administrator in October 2014, after having been the Water Resources and Planning Division Chief at the Department of Water Supply for 3 years. She has over 30 years of experience in public policy ... Read More