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Aloha Fellow Islanders: Our 53 years in the Pacific has exposed to the recent, devastating effects of sea level rise due to climate change.

LYON is committed to finding solutions for our island communities following the landmark Hawaii Law, Act 286. The essence of the law is that it returns the authority to make decisions in the best interest of each ahupua’a.


i-arC stands for island, adaptation, resilient, based on each Community. While some regulations fit mainland stream management concerns, Sea Level Rise must allow island Communities to determine what is best.

The 10-points outlines in the law is summarized in this short book and LYON is committed to propose these solutions to all the islands we work.

Changing rainfall patterns, rising food costs due to California droughts, rising Sea Level, and coastal erosion will affect all of us.

Inform Hawai`i’s people of expected Climate Change impacts.

  1. Establish Climate Change Knowledge and Skill Baseline using community surveys.

  2. Establish online Climate Change Resource Database with information on climate change science, best practices, and financing options.

  3. Develop a comprehensive education campaign to empower community stakeholders to participate in the i-arC process.

Empower residents, visitors, and businesses to participate in
Climate Change planning.

  1. Conduct Listening Workshops identify community priorities, opportunities and challenges.

  2. Conduct Climate Change 101 Training.

  3. Create Community Action Plans outlining project scope and budget.

Invest in Climate Change Research and Assessments.

  1. Conduct Risk and Vulnerability Assessments by industry sector and geographical area.
  2. Establish Asset Management Databaseto track and monitor vulnerability and resiliency measures for key infrastructure, natural, historical, and cultural resources.
  3. Institute monitoring system to track climate change adaptation projects and evaluate government compliance with Act 286.

Incorporate Hawaiian knowledge and practices into climate change planning.

  1. Partner with the University of Hawai`i and native Hawai’ian organizations.

  2. Integrate traditional knowledge and priorities into community action plans and statewide risk and vulnerability assessment.

  3. Allocate a percentage of climate change funds to traditional Hawaiian adaptation and resilience measures.

Protect Hawai`i’s natural, historic, and cultural resources for future generations.

  1. Create retreat strategy usingProlling easements combined with tax breaks gradually progressing landward over 50 years.

  2. Assignmore protective status to coral, wetlands, forested areas and other natural barriers to climate change and strengthen the state’s watershed program.

  3. Build community-based advocacy systems in collaboration with government agencies to protect Hawai`i’s unique cultural and historic landmarks.

Plan for the expected environmental changes.

  1. Identify three geographical distinct priority communities from Community Action Plans for pilot program.

  2. Develop a farmer’s and residential grower’s guide andincrease local food production by 20% within five years.

  3. Strengthen community emergency response networks to educate residents about emergency shelter locations, emergency contact protocols, safety measures and emergency supplies.

Build climate-resilient communities.

  1. Create statewide referendum on building vital infrastructure within vulnerable coastal areas. Shoreline setback standards shall be based on Kaua`i County’s progressive Coastal Protection Ordinance.

  2. Assure all state projects conduct risk and vulnerability assessments to identify Climate Change adaptation opportunities during Environmental Review process.

  3. Strengthen emergency response systems. Identify vulnerable neighborhoods and map multi-modal access emergency shelters and supplies..

Collaborate with Federal, State, and Local stakeholders.

  1. Coordinate Statewide Climate Change Planning through the State Office of Planning.

  2. Assign government liaisons from the state planning office to assist pilot communities with navigating the climate change adaptation projects within attainable goals.

  3. Createannual forum for academics, business and industry leaders, government agencies and iarC community leaders to discuss best practices.

Continually integrate new information and strategies into adaptation
practices and policy.

  1. Maintain the 9.25% TAT tax and redirect 2% into a Statewide Climate Change Adaptation Fund.
  2. Create criteria, budget and priority matrix to assist public agencies and communities in defining adaptation projects.
  3. Establishprocess to review, comment and revise community action plans implementation.

Repeat Repeat Repeat
Continue adaptation and preservation of Hawai`i’s resources.

  1. Reevaluate Climate Change Knowledge and Skills and create lessons learned and evaluation report.

  2. Create reproducible model for communities to implement community-derived climate change adaptation and preservation policies.

  3. Evaluate and selectfour additional pilot communities to implement climate change Community Action Plans.