HHF was proud to sponsor and attend the 2022 HCPO Conference hosted by the County of Kaua‘i at the Grand Hyatt, September 14-16. At the APA-HI Awards lunch held during the conference, the firm was recognized with two awards for Transportation Planning and Implementation. A big MAHALO and Congratulations to our clients, project partners, and to all the award recipients doing great planning work in Hawai‘i!
2022 APA-HI Transportation Planning Award
Congratulations to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the 2022 recipient of the APA Hawai‘i Chapter Transportation Planning award! The study identified areas of concern regarding critical transportation infrastructure including harbors, airports, and major roadways in American Samoa, informed through stakeholder engagement and consideration of social vulnerabilities. The Army Corps’ technical lead, Jessica Podoski, helped lay the groundwork for the study and then conceived and led the execution of this work. Her constant stream of input on process and resources was invaluable. Kudos also to the Office of Insular Affairs for providing the funding for this study and their commitment to supporting climate change adaptation work in the Pacific Islands. Heartfelt appreciation to all the stakeholders in American Samoa who provided input, particularly the American Samoa Department of Public Works for the actions they are taking to protect their transportation assets. In total, representatives from more than 20 related local organizations participated in the interviews and planning workshops for this study. HHF is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to support this work and collaborate with the many contributors.
2022 APA-HI Implementation Planning Award
Congratulations to the County of Kaua‘i, Department of Parks & Recreation, 2022 recipient of the APA Hawai‘i Chapter Implementation Award! The preferred alternative – which was vetted by the community shortly before a catastrophic flood event in April 2018 decimated portions of the beach park — was instrumental to the County’s recovery efforts to rebuild park facilities and restore access to Hanalei’s most iconic beach park. With the master plan completed, the County has a long-term strategy to make decisions about future funding and management of this 13-acre park.