Molokai Climate Change

Molokai Climate Change and Sea Level Adaptation and Resiliency plan (CCSLAR)

is a community-led climate change & sea-level rise plan for Molokai's future. Our overarching goal is to develop a Climate Change and Sea Level Adaptation and Resiliency (CCSLAR) Plan that best serves our Molokai community.

Sea Level Rise (SLR) 
projection maps for priority sites on Molokai (chosen by our Molokai community)

Learn what
our community thinks
about climate change

We collected nearly 1000 surveys through in-person workshops, online surveys, and other outreach efforts and reached 2,000+ community members with locally prepared and sourced meals in the process!

Watch video summaries of community workshops held in Maunaloa, Hoʻolehua, Manaʻe, and Kaunakakai.

visit the CCSLAR video archives

UH Mānoa Graduate Students in Malia Akutagawa’s Spring 2022 course “ʻĀina Waiwai” explored climate change solutions for Molokai.
Students visited Molokai, spoke with kūpuna, and imagined ways forward.

check out their final projects

The Molokai CCSLAR Plan

has an indigenous place-based perspective—meaning the planning process is led by kamaʻāina and long-time community leaders

incorporates appropriate technical land-use planning and coastal engineering expertise

utilizes this process as an opportunity to engage and develop our next generation of local leaders

will result in an action-oriented document that identifies the key climate change issues and ways to build greater community adaptability, resilience, and capacity
in the years ahead

CCSLAR Plan Timeline — July 2020 – July 2023

Summer 2021

Project kickoff, draft work plan, create Stakeholder Master List & Outreach Program

November 2021

Community Walk-Thru Workshops #1
Maunaloa, Manaʻe, Hoʻolehua/Kualapuʻu, Kaunakakai

March 2022

Community Sea Level Rise DIY TOUR

Spring 2022

Community Workshops #2

Fall 2022

Community Workshops #3

Winter 2022 & Spring 2023

Draft and finalize Molokai CCSLAR Plan

Sustʻāinable Molokai Project Team

Heather Place, Project Manager
Katy Mokuau, Project Manager
Harmonee Williams, Assistant Project Manager
Malia Akutagawa, JD, ESQ., Associate Professor of Law & Hawaiian Studies,
Hui ʻĀina Momona, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Matt Yamashita, Quazifilms
Momi Afelin, Thomas J. Watson Fellow
Jesica Yee, Project Assistant

Planning consultants: Townscape, Inc. (TSI)

Bruce Tsuchida, TSI President and Principal Planner
Sherri Hiraoka, TSI Vice President and Principal Planner

Engineering consultation: Sea Engineering (SEI)

Marc Ericksen, SEI Vice President
Andy Bohlander, Project Engineer