DHHL Waiʻanae and Nānākuli Regional Plan Updates

HACBED is providing support to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) in its 10-month process of updating the Wai‘anae and Lualualei Regional Plan (last updated in 2010) and the Regional Plan for the Traditional Native Lands of the Ahupua‘a of Nānākuli (last updated in 2009). In consultation with its Wai‘anae and Nānākuli regional beneficiaries and other stakeholders, as well as members of DHHL, this update process will seek to articulate a communal vision, incorporate any changes that have occurred since the last planning process, and frame and organize current and future initiatives.

For the update process, HACBED will organize, coordinate, and conduct the following activities for each of the two regional plans:

Research
HACBED, in partnership with DHHL, will update, analyze, and summarize data in the regions. This includes demographic data, political representation, use designation changes, new or updated land use development proposals, major landownership changes, policy changes, funding for projects or programs, changes in existing or proposed infrastructure elements, and community economic development initiatives.

Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Groups
HACBED will conduct stakeholder interviews and focus groups in the regions. Focus groups will be carried out using the ʻOhana Dialogue methodology in which a space is created for conversations in an informal setting to uncover more honest information and feelings in an organic fashion.

Meetings for Regional Plans
HACBED will conduct community meetings in the regions. Preparation for the meetings will consist of planning with DHHL, analyzing the results of specific interviews and focus groups that may help to inform the meetings, developing handouts and other materials to be distributed at the meetings, creating the schedule and agenda, developing the presentations for the meetings, and acquiring all necessary supplies. Follow-up activities will consist of editing and analyzing the transcripts from the meetings, digitizing responses provided on posters and chart paper, following-up with any attendees if additional information is required, and identifying themes and similarities between participant responses to highlight widespread issues and concerns.

 

Finalize Regional Plans
HACBED will provide an updated regional plan for each of the two regions that follow a similar format to the other recently updated DHHL regional plans. This includes updated sections that introduce the plan and process, vision and values, planning area, existing land uses, infrastructure, priority projects, and potential projects. The potential projects section will consist of projects identified by community members that, while not currently a top priority, are valued by the community and may become priority projects in the future.