University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Arts, Urban Planning

University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Professional Affiliations

American Planning Association

Areas of Special Competence

Environmental Planning
Master Planning
Community Planning
Permitting and Land Use Entitlements

Leslie Kurisaki


Years Experience: 37

Leslie Kurisaki recently rejoined HHF in 2016, after spending the last 13 years at another small planning firm. While there, she honed her professional skills as the project manager and primary author for a range of projects including two park master plans on Hawai‘i Island (one an APA Hawaii Chapter award winner), a multi-use trail/greenway project on Hawai‘i Island, a major highway on Kauai, and numerous environmental documents for schools, libraries, and other public facilities. She was recently a contributing author to the Honolulu Age Friendly Cities report prepared for the City by the UH Center on Aging.

During Leslie’s previous 15 years at HHF, she worked on numerous military master planning and environmental projects in Hawai‘i, Japan, Guam and the Philippines. Among her most memorable work experiences was being issued a gas mask and self-injectable atropine while on Johnston Atoll. Leslie takes pride in her writing skills and her commitment to client service. However, she is still working to improve her cooking and tennis game.

Representative Projects

  • Camp Butler Master Plan, Okinawa, Japan, 2015
  • Making Honolulu an Age Friendly City: An Action Plan, 2015
  • Molokai High School Science Facility Upgrades Environmental Assessment and permitting, 2015
  • DOH “AAFES” Building Staff Relocation Environmental Assessment, 2014
  • Assets School Redevelopment Zone Change and Conditional Use Permit, 2014
  • Nānākuli Public Library Environmental Assessment, 2013
  • Honolulu Harbor Pier 12 & 15 Improvements Environmental Assessment, 2013
  • Waimea Canyon Sports Complex Master Plan, Kaua‘i, 2012
  • Kealakehe Regional Park Master Plan, Hawai‘i Island, 2012
  • Kailua Park (Old Airport Park) Master Plan and Environmental Assessment, Hawai‘i Island, 2011
  • Waimea Trails and Greenways Environmental Assessment, Hawai‘i Island, 2011

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