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Past Projects for Resource Management, Sustainable Development, & Futures Research

Maui Pollution Prevention Project (2001 - 2002).
Project involved an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and consultants working with managers of hotels, condominium's and golf courses to reduce energy and water consumption and to reduce wastewater, polluted runoff, and solid waste on Maui. Project staff included Michael Hamnett, Cheryl Anderson. Project funded by the State Department of Health with funds from USEPA. Total project cost: $140,000.

 

Hawaii-Philippines Project for Energy Efficiency Policy and Technology Transfer for Improving Environmental Protection and Economic Efficiency (1998 - 1999)
Project funded by the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism with funds from the US Asian Environmental Partnership and Council of State Government. Total Project Budget: $110,000. Jim Rizer was the principal staff person.

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The Impact of the ENSO Cycle on Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region (1997 - 1998)
Project involved an assessment of the impact of ENSO cycles on tuna catch for vessels home ported in American Samoa, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Project funded by NOAA's Office of Global Programs. Total Project Budget: $23,100.

 

Introduction to Futures Telecourse, "Your Everyday Life in the 21st Century," (1997)
The creation of this telecourse is a joint project of Hawai`i Research Center for Futures Studies and Honolulu Community College. Funding by Honolulu Community College. Principals are Jim Dator, Director of the Futures Option in the UH Department of Political Science, and Pam Tevebaugh, Graduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Futures.

 

Kaho`olawe Restoration Planning Project, (1996-1997)
Project involves development of an ecological restoration plan for the Island of Kaho`olawe through a participatory planning process and technical studies being conducted by researchers at the University of Hawai`i, the National Biological Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Indigenous Peoples Restoration Network, and Oregon State University. Project will result in a restoration plan for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission. Principal Investigator is Michael P. Hamnett and project staff includes Khristine Davidson-Oh.

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Coordinated Socio-Cultural Investigation of Pelagic Fishermen in American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, (1996-1997)
Project involves in-depth interviews and surveys to develop baseline information on pelagic fishermen for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Project staff include Michael P. Hamnett and Cheryl Anderson from the Social Science Research Institute, Craig Severancee from the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, Bob Franco from Kapiolani Community College, and Fin`Aiototo and three other staff from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources of American Samoa. Project is funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service through the UH Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.

 

Asian-Pacific Futures Network, (1995-96)
UNESCO, Paris, funded the project in support of the teaching of futures studies and Asian-Pacific networking of teachers of futures studies in institutions of higher education. Project staff were Jim Dator and Mike Sysiuk of SSRI.

 

Law and Technology for the 21st Century, (1995-1996)
Special issue of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change on "Law and Technology for the 21st Century," June/July 1996. Complied, edited and published by Jim Dator and Deborah Halbert of SSRI, Guest Editors, at the request of the journal.

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Symposium on Future-Oriented Governance, (1995-1996)
The Hawai`i Research Center for Futures Studies was co-sponsor with the Future Generations Alliance Foundation of Osaka, Japan, for this symposium held in Honolulu, January 10-12, 1996. The symposium involved preparation and distribution of papers by participants and workshop and plenary sessions. A text on future-oriented governance resulted from the symposium and has been sent for publication. Symposium funded by the Future Generations Alliance Foundation. Symposium staff included Jim Dator and Sally Taylor of SSRI.

 

Contribution of Tuna Fishing and Transshipment to the Economies of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, (1994-1996)
Project involved compiling and analyzing time series data on expenditures by tuna fleets, transshipping agents, and fish processors in the U.S. Pacific territories and commonwealth. Project staff included Michael P. Hamnett from SSRI and W Sam Pintz, a private consultant. Project resulted in a report to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and regional governments. Project funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service through the UH Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research.

 

Hawai`i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Planning Project, (1992 and 1994-1996)
This project was conducted in two phases. During the first phase, the hurricane risk for Hawai`i was assessed, potential losses from future hurricanes were estimated, and the costs and benefits of a range of mitigation strategies were evaluated. Phase I resulted in recommendations to the State of Hawai`i for changes in building standards and shoreline setback requirements, risk audits and retrofitting public facilities, and the development of incentives for mitigation. Phase II was designed to facilitate the implementation of recommendations from the first phase and resulted in the development of a risk-based hurricane insurance premium structure for the Hawai`i Hurricane Relief Fund, design of public information and education materials on hazard mitigation, and assistance to county governments on land use management. Project funded by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management through the Hawai`i Coastal Zone Management Program. Phase I staff included Michael P Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI, David Kennard, a private consultant, Tom Schroeder of the UH Department of Meteoralogy, George Wallace of the UH School of Architecture, Chip Fletcher of theUH Department of Geology and Geophysics, andArthur Chiu of the UH Wind Engineering Program. Phase II project staff included Michael Hamnett and Khristine Davidson-Oh of SSRI, John and Maile Bay of Bay Pacific Consulting, and Katherine Bryant, a private consultant.

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Supreme Court of Virginia, Environmental Scan (1994-1995)
A futures environmental scanning project requested by the State of Virginia Supreme Court. An emerging issues analysis was conducted, possible impacts on the courts were drawn and a report was produced for use by the Court in strategic and long range planning efforts. Project staff included Jim Dator, Wendy Schultz, and Sally Taylor of SSRI. The project was funded by the Virginia Courts.

 

Global Trends and the Future of the Pacific Islands Seminar, (1994)
Done in cooperation with the UH Center for Pacific Island Studies and the Center for Asian and Pacific Affairs. Seminar focused on global geopolitical and economic trends that will affect the future of the Pacific Islands region. Funded by Asia Foundation through the Pacific Basin Development Council. Seminar participants included 12 senior policy makers from the Pacific Islands region. Resource people for the Seminar included UH faculty from Communications, Economics, Geography, and Travel Industry Management. Seminar staff included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI, Robert Kiske of the Center for Pacific Island Studies, and Jerrry Norris of Pacific Basin Development Council.

 

North Kauai Regional Resource Planning Project, (1993-1994)
Conducted in cooperation with private consulting firms. Project entailed the compilation of studies, plans, and technical reports on coastal resources for three communities on the North Shore and community meetings to identify resource problems and use conflicts. Project resulted in recommendations on developing an integrated coastal resource management plan for North Shore Kauai implemented by the Office of State Planning. Funded by the Office of State Planning. Project staff included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI, Paul Holmus of the Nature Conservancy, and, Jean Nishida and Kathy Bryant, private consultants.

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Scenario Building Tools and Techniques, (1993-1994)
The Hawai`i Community Services Council requested that the Hawai`i Research Center for Futures Studies train Council staff planners, as well as representatives of several of the community organizatioins the Council serves, in scenario building techniques. HCSC had recently completed a locally-focused environmental scan entitled Scanning Hawai`i: Forces for Change in the 1990s, which had been widely disseminated throughout the various non-profit, charitable, and comunity action organizations withinthe state. In December, 1993, a training session was held during which participants practiced scenario building while documenting and discussing the facilitator's role and tools. This session resulted in the construction of two scenarios. In early spring 1994, a more formal scenario building session was organized to produce three more scenarios, which were then used as part of a day long workshop focused on environmental scanning and the use of scenarios in strategic planning. Project staff included Jim Dator and Wendy Schultz.

 

Hurricane Iniki Recovery Survey Project, (1993)
Conducted in cooperation with Mattson Sunderland Research and the Office of State Planning. Telephone and newspaper surveys used to assess the state of the recovery on Kauai and problems victims were encountering in the recovery effort. Findings of the project were used to improve State assistance to the people of Kauai. Project staff included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI.

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El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Applications Workshop, (1992)
Conducted in cooperation with the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, the Pacific Basin Development Council, and the Office of Global Programs at NOAA. Workshop brought together climate modelers and decision-makers from the US affiliated Pacific Islands to assess the feasibility of applying experimental forecasts of climate variability. It resulted in recommendations to the Governors of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Hawai`i to establish an ENSO Application Center for the Pacific Islands adopted, and ENSO Applications Center established in 1994. Project staff included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI.

 

Assessment of the Honolulu Rapid Transit Proposal, (1991-1992)
Project entailed a review of studies and plans for rapid transit development in Honolulu from 1967 to 1992 and evaluation of planning and technical options proposed for the development of a fixed rail rapid transit system for the City and County of Honolulu. Project team included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI, Karl Kim from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, B.W. Wie of the Travel Industry Management School, J Richardson of the College of Business, and a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning. Project undertaken for the Office of State Planning.

 

Coastal Zone Management Enhancement Program Assessment and Strategy American Samoa, (1991-1992)
Conducted in cooperation with the Pacific Basin Development Council and funded by the American Samoa Government. Project involved a participatory planning effort to assess enhancement program options and develop a strategy for improving management of coastal hazards, wetlands, and marine debris in American Samoa. Project team included Michael Hamnett and Chris Jones of SSRI, Carolyn Sinavaiana, a private consultant in Samoa, and Pemerika Tauiliili of American Samoa Community College. Strategy adopted by the American Samoa Government and funded by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.

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Feasibility and Implications of Recycling for Municipal Solid Waste Management in the American Flag Pacific Islands, (1991-1992)
Conducted in Cooperation with the Pacific Basin Development Council (PBDC) and Ross and Associates and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Project involved an economic analysis of municipal solid waste management options for the American Flag Pacific Island. It resulted in recommendations to the AFPI Governors that constitute PBDC. Project staff included Michael Hamnett and Chris Jones of SSRI and Rob Greenwood of Ross and Associates, Seattle, Washington.

 

Scenario Building and Future Development, (1991-1992)
Office of State Planning and the Hawai`i Research Center for Futures Studies designed and implemented a pilot project to enhance scenario-building capabilities within OSP's Environmental Scanning Project. Project was intended to integrate the emerging issues and trends identified during the scanning effort into coherent alternative images of Hawai`i's future. Project resulted in the identification of emerging economic issues for the State and described Hawai`i's preferred economic future. Final plenary workshop tied together the scenario-building process with the critical issues and preferred future activities. Funded by the Hawai`i Office of State Planning (OSP). The project team included Jim Dator, Wendy Schultz, Sohail Inayatulluh, Chris Jones, and Sharon Rodgers of SSRI.

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Visioning and the Courts: A Capacity Building Project, (1991-1992)
Project carried out in cooperation with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia and the Institute for Alternative Futures in Alexandria, Virginia. Products of the project were Reinventing the Courts for the 21st Century: Designing a Visioning Process,Williamsburg, VA: National Center for State Courts, 1992; "Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit Vision Workshop: Summary Report," and "Oregon State Courts Vision Workshop: Summary Report," both published by HRCFS, 1992; and a forty-minute videotape, Envisioning Justice, with accompanying handbook. The video was produced through Tradewind Video of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1992. Funded by the State Justice Institute. The Project team include Jim Dator and Wendy Schultz of SSRI and Clement Bezold of the Institute for Alternative Futures, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Comparative Environmental Risk Analysis for Guam, (1990-1991)
Done in cooperation with the Pacific Basin Development Council. Project involved assessment of health risks from seventeen stressors on Guam through quantitative analysis of health risks using a standard methodology and an assessment of ecological risks through a task force made up of government officials and university faculty. Project team included graduate students from Urban and Regional Planning. Results of project being used to set program priorities at the Guam Environmental Protection Agency. Project team included Michael Hamnett and Ron Cannarella of SSRI.

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Culturally Appropriate Dispute Resolution Procedures for the Hawai`i Judiciary, (1990-1991)
Products of the project included a preliminary report (video as well as oral presentation) with community panel reaction presented to the 1991 Hawai`i Judicial Foresight Congress. Project also involved a poll of the participants of the Congress indicating their preferences among several subsequent courses of actions proposed. Project resulted in a final report with specific recommendations to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i, five research papers on various aspects of the study, and two half-hour videotapes with an accompanying utilization handbook. The project was funded by the State Justice Institute (a federal funding agency). Project team included Jim Dator, Wendy Schultz, Sharon Rodgers, Chris Jones, and Sohail Inayatulluh of SSRI, Jo Scheder of Women's Studies, and Brent Barner, a political science student. Professor Neal Milner from the UH Political Science Department, Peter Adler from the Center for Conflict Resolution, and Charles Heaukalani served as consultants. Products were distributed to the Chief Justices and Chief Court Administrators of each of the American states and territories, as well as to at least one major law library in each state. Orders are still being received for the video.

 

Development of the Draft Hawai`i State Ocean Resources Management Plan and Technical Supplement, (1990-1991)
Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and funded by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Project involved background research and focus groups on ten sectors addressed in the plan. Plan includes overall recommendations for a new governance structure for ocean management, implementation of a regional planning approach, improvements in information base, establishment of carrying capacities, development of conflict resolutions mechanisms, enforcement of existing laws and regulations, and improvements in public participation. Project team included graduate students from Political Science and Urban and Regional Planning. Ocean Resources Management Plan adopted by the State Legislature. Project team included Kem Lowry and Susan Machida of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Michael Hamnett, Chris Jones and Wendy Schultz of SSRI, and Carolyn Stewart and David Tarnos, private consultants, and Athline Clark of the Department of Business and Economic Development.

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Regional Oil Spill Management Project for the American Flag Pacific Islands, (1990-1991)
Project funded through the Pacific Basin Development Council by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Project assessed oil spill response capacity in the American Flag Pacific Islands and the implications of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 for regional governments. Project team included Michael Hamnett and Wendy Schultz of SSRI. Results of this project presented to the American Flag Pacific Island Governors.

 

Review of the Hawai`i State Coastal Zone Management Program, (1990).
Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Project involved a review of program documents, interviews with resource managers and representatives of public interest groups, and focus groups. Project team includedMichael Hamnett, Wendy Schultz, Kathy Bryant, and Chris Jones of SSRI. Recommendations of the review used to make program changes in Hawai`i's Coastal Zone Management Program.

 

Policy and Planning Options for Global Warming and Sea Level Rise in the Pacific Islands, (1989-1990)
Done in cooperation with the Pacific Basin Development Council, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Project involved a review of scientific debate over global climate change, development and evaluation of alternative environmental futures, and an assessment of options for improving environmental management in the Marshall Islands. Project team included Michael Hamnett, Chris Jones and Wendy Schultz of SSRI and Mark Ridgeley of the UH Department of Geography.