Islands are very important: a) control of the seas, b) minerals and oil rights, and c) fishing.
Recently, China has challenged control of numerous islands in Japan, Vietnam, and Philippines.
President Obama, the first Pacific President, recently visited Thailand, Myanmar, & Cambodia and
Hawaii - his birthplace - is poised to play a pivotal presence in the Pacific. The US has 100,000
troops spread over Pacific Islands: Hawaii, Guam - known as the "Tip of the Spear", Okinawa and
Japan and has a century of experience working with each unique island culture.
Our two featured islands this month, Guam & Palau, are both - like Hawaii - booming with record
tourist numbers. As you can see below, in comparison to the 5.5 hours it takes to fly from Hawaii
to LA, flights from Guam and Palau can reach Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul, Manila is less than 4
hours. Guam and Palau are just at the beginning of a huge tourism boom.
Oahu, Hawaii, is our home island and on many of the Pacific Islands we
use the City & County of Honolulu Engineering Standards as a
foundation. With 1M residents and 4.5M annual tourists, Oahu absorbs
a heavy burden on infrastructure and a model for Improving Island Life
throughout the Pacific.
PS: We wrote a book!
"Island Engineering" and click
the image for your free copy!
Jim Lyon, PE, LEED AP