Sixth Public Informational Meeting on Sea level Rise Held on Molokai

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Featured, Main

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 DAVID Y. IGE
GOVERNOR

SUZANNE D. CASE
CHAIRPERSON

 For immediate release
September 7, 2017

 DLNR HOLDS PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING IN KAUNAKAKAI
ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISE VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION

KAUNAKAKAI  —  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will be holding its sixth public information meeting on sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mitchell Pau‘ole Community Center, located at 90 Ainoa Street in Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i.

This meeting is one of a series of public information meetings being held statewide to educate people about the impacts of sea level rise and to gather comments and input about key issues and concerns regarding preparedness and adaptation.  The first meeting was held on O‘ahu last June, a second one in January on Kaua‘i, a third one in March on Maui, and a four and fifth one on Hawai‘i island in August.

Climate change has the potential to profoundly impact our wellbeing and way of life.  In particular, rising sea levels will increase the occurrence and severity of coastal erosion and flooding, threatening coastal communities and natural resources concentrated along low-lying shores.

“We are in the process of developing a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) that is to be submitted in anticipation of the 2018 Hawai‘i State Legislature, and we are interested in soliciting input from our island communities to help us complete the report,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case.

“This SLR Report is the first state-wide assessment of the impacts of sea level rise on our coastal areas.  Using the best available scientific knowledge and local experience, it will help us prepare for future sea level rise and present recommendations to reduce our exposure to SLR hazards such as erosion and extreme flooding,” said Sam Lemmo, co-chair of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee.

Anyone with special needs requiring accommodations or assistance, is asked to please contact OCCL at least four days prior to the public hearing.  For more information contact the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands at (808) 587-0377 or visit our website at http://climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/

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Media contact:
Deborah Ward
DLNR Communications Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320


AGENDA FOR THE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION IN HAWAI‘I

DATE:            Thursday, September 12, 2017
TIME:             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE:           Mitchell Pauole Community Center, 90 Ainoa Street, Kaunakakai, HI  96748

  1. Open Meeting
  2. Overview of Act 32
  3. Sea Level Rise Outlook: Global and Local Projections
  4. Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment: Methodology and Preliminary Results
  5. Question & Answer Session – Clarifying Questions
  6. Public Comments – Key Issues and Concerns Regarding Sea level Rise