Hawaii’s Planning Directors Panel

APA Hawaii Chapter


Friday, September 22, 2017
11 a.m. - noon HST

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David Arakawa of the Land Use Research Foundation will moderate a panel of all four of Hawaii’s County Planning Directors.  They will focus on current initiatives, as well as lessons learned from the conference sessions, identifying both short and longer term actions they believe their agencies can and should pursue to improve partnerships and neighbor relationships.


Mike Dahilig

Focusing on long-term planning initiatives and regulatory policy documents, Michael has led the Kauai planning department for the past 7 years. He has a juris doctorate with a certification in environmental law from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Dahilig holds a master’s degree in urban planning and ... Read More

Kathy Sokugawa

Kathy Sokugawa has over thirty years of experience in city planning, with an emphasis on zoning, community planning, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development. She has been a Chief Planner (of various divisions with the Department of Land Utilization and Department of Planning and Permitting) for 20 years, overseeing zoning regulations ... Read More

William Spence

Working in both the private and public sectors, Mr. Spence has extensive experience working on numerous multiyear regional projects and conducting presentations and hearings before public-interest groups, citizen committees, planning commissions and the Maui County Council. Spence received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the ... Read More

Michael Yee

Michael Yee brings experience in urban planning, community development and housing grounded in cultural and historic preservation. He believes that building trusting relationships leads to impactful collaborations in communities. Michael is a strong advocate for government to play a leading role in social justice and equity issues. Michael earned a ... Read More

Contact Info

Renee Espiau, respiau@honolulu.gov