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.

Mālama ʻāina —
what will we protect?
Please share your manaʻo!

Community feedback needed for our 2023 Molokai Climate Change and Sea-Level rise Adaption and Resiliency plan (CCSLAR)!

Join us for the LAST Community Workshops before the plan is submitted to the County of Maui. Come, visit our booths, look at the newest Priority Site Maps with Coastal Inundation Zones included, and CHOOSE the mitigation strategies YOU feel fit for OUR island and community!

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

These detailed maps are our priority sites that have been chosen by the Molokai community in phases 1 and 2. They show the projected sea-level rise and impacted areas of our island.

2021 Molokai Priority Location Maps

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 – Dec 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 - Summer 2023

Draft and finalize Molokai CCSLAR Plan


Fall 2023

Community Workshops #4

December 2023

Submit Molokai CCSLAR to the County of Maui

Sustʻāinable Molokai Project Team

Katy Mokuau, Project Manager

Heather Place, 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

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