In January, Hawaii State Representative Cynthia Thielen introduced a bill to the state legislature proposing that state and county planning and permitting departments begin preparing for a 1-foot-by-2050 sea-level rise. The planning benchmark was also recently recommended by the University of Hawaii's Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (“ICAP”) in its recently released paper, Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use in in Hawai‘i: A Policy Tool Kit for State and Local Governments.
ICAP's paper was an adaptation of the Georgetown Climate Center’s Adaptation Tool Kit: Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Land Use, which was released in October 2011.
Below is some additional information about the Hawaii planning process courtesy of the Environmental Law Professor Blog:
Concurrently, the Hawaii State Office of Planning is proposing legislation this session that would incorporate a climate change priority guideline into the State Plan. The guideline would address climate change impacts on a variety of sectors including agriculture, coastal and near shore marine areas, water resources, education, energy, health, and the economy.
And, last November, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources released The Rain Follows the Forest, an action plan for replenishing Hawaii’s watersheds with an eye to increasing fresh water resilience in the face of drier conditions in the future due to climate change.