State planning meetings set

The Hawai‘i 2050 Task Force invites the Kaua‘i public to join the second round of community meetings this week for the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan. This community-driven process is one of the cornerstones of the Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan that the Task Force will present to the state Legislature in December.

“Our communities are filled with insightful people. We want to tap the wisdom of our kupuna, the energy of the keiki, the experiences of working families and the innovative spirit of businesspeople,” states a Hawai‘i 2050 Task Force press release. “By bringing as many facets from the community as possible to the planning process, we can create a better long-term future for everyone. We encourage the public to attend.”

Beth Tokioka, one of Kaua‘i’s representatives to the Hawai‘i 2050 Task Force and the Coordinator of the County Office of Economic Development, said in the release, “We will be sharing with the public the results of our outreach — and their input — to date. This information, along with insightful research on the critical issues facing our community, will help us elicit even more input from Kaua‘i as to what a sustainability plan should look like and how we can each support the plan.”

The meeting schedule on Kaua‘i is:

• Thursday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy St. in Lihu‘e.

• Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Kapa‘a Middle School, 4867 Olohena Road, Kapa‘a.

A complete list of community meetings throughout the state is available at www.hawaii2050.org.

There is no cost. RSVP or request adaptive support such as sign language interpreter, large print, taped materials, wheelchair access, or parking for the disabled, please contact meeting coordinator Diane Zachary at 632-2005 or e-mail dzachary@kauainetwork.org.

Attendees at the community meetings will review and comment on a working definition of sustainability in Hawai‘i, as well as draft versions of the vision and guiding principals of sustainability for the state.

The definition, vision and guiding principals were developed by the Hawai‘i 2050 Task Force from earlier rounds of statewide community meetings as well the online survey at www.hawaii2050.org.

In addition, the facilitated meetings will generate ideas about long-term goals for sustainability, strategies to achieve those goals and measurements to keep Hawai‘i on track for a more sustainable future. The public will also have the opportunity to review issue papers on sustainability prepared by the University of Hawai’i-Manoa.

The community meetings are the latest in a series of comprehensive community engagement activities about creating a more sustainable future for Hawaii. The inclusive process began in August 2006 and continues through the fall of this year.

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