Past Programs


Some of Kauai Planning & Action Alliance’s programs have been completed and the plans for action that were created are being undertaken by others in the community.   Below is a summary of those programs.

Enhancing Kauai’s Sustainability

Sustainability Action Team.  KPAA convened a collaborative Sustainability Action Team (SAT) whose purpose was to identify and break down barriers to projects and create partnerships that will enhance our island’s sustainability. It drew upon sustainability leaders – the early adopters who have already made a commitment to a different future for Kauai. What made this group unique was its diverse cross-sector approach, giving an opportunity to look holistically at our island.  The SAT produced a number of documents, including an inventory of programs supporting Kauai’s sustainability and prioritized recommendations for future action.

Sustainability Links and Resources. To help the community understand what sustainability is and how it can be achieved, we’re providing links to interesting articles and resources.

Kauai Energy Sustainability Plan (KESP)

This 2010 plan was developed for the County of Kauai by SENTECH Hawaii LLC with assistance from Kauai Planning & Action Alliance and Maurice Kaya LLC. The KESP integrates stakeholder and public input with objective energy analysis to create an implementable energy plan intended to offer guidance for Kauai to utilize local, sustainable, renewable energy.

The Executive Summary is available here. Or, you may download the entire report in sections:

Section/PDF File Size

Cover Page 168 KB
Table of Contents 17 KB
Executive Summary 87 KB
1: Defining Purpose 71 KB
2: Establishing Vision, Goals, and Objectives 1,201 KB
3: Ground Transportation Sector Energy Analysis 356 KB
4: Recommendations for the Ground Transportation Sector 744 KB
5: Electricity Sector Energy Analysis 850 KB
6: Recommendations for the Electricity Sector 763 KB
7: Waste-To-Energy Considerations 267 KB
8: Wind Energy Considerations 496 KB
9: Successful Plan Implementation Considerations 189 KB
Appendix A 55 KB
Appendix B 47 KB
Commonly Used Acronyms 60 KB
References 113 KB

Safe Parking for Kauai’s Homeless

The large number of Kauai people who are homeless continues to be a major concern. Housing prices and unemployment rates have added to the problem, putting housing out of reach for some people. For those living in their cars, there are few safe legal places to park overnight. The length of stay in campgrounds is limited and overnight parking in parks is illegal.

Drawing on the very successful New Beginnings program in Santa Barbara, California, KPAA attempted to develop safe overnight parking in a few private parking lots on Kauai in 2010-2011. We received a grant from the Hauoli Mau Loa Foundation to establish a pilot program. Despite finding a willing landowner for a safe parking site, County zoning restrictions and possible neighbor opposition put the program on hold. County-owned sites were considered but no suitable locations could be found.

Meanwhile, people continue to live in their cars at the beach and other locations around Kauai. State legislation has been proposed – but not yet passed – that would make it easier to use State-owned property for safe parking sites.  For more information on services for the homeless, contact the Kauai Community Alliance, a partnership of organizations providing services and support.

State Park Improvements – Phase 1

Kauai Planning & Action Alliance received a $1.225 million Grant-In-Aid from the 2007 Hawaii State Legislature. The grant has made possible major improvements in two of Kauai’s most popular parks—Napali Coast Wilderness Park and Kokee State Park.

Napali Coast Wilderness State Park – The grant was used to reconstruct the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail.  Kauai Planning & Action Alliance convened a Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide input, hired contractor Pono Pacific Land Management, LCC and Native Hawaiian Conservation & Hiking Expeditions and worked with Department of Land Natural Resources officials.  The two-mile trail restoration was completed in December 2010.  The trail is now maintained every two weeks with Friends of the Kalalau Trail volunteer workdays.

More information on Kalalau Trail

Kokee State Park – Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp – Renovations of several 1930’s era structures at the Kokee Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp were completed in March 2011.  KPAA’s project partner was Hui o Laka, which enlisted the aid of Frank O. Hay as their project manager. James Niess of Maui Architectural Group was retained to prepare plans and direct the renovations, and Kikiaola Construction Company was the general contractor. The scope of the work included restoration of two large barracks shown here.

Strong roles for volunteers and community engagement were central to both projects. Contact KPAA for information on Friends of Kalalau Trail volunteer workdays and Hui o Laka for information on their volunteer programs.

Support for Public Education

KPAA developed the Community Volunteers in the Classroom program in 2007 in collaboration with the Department of Education-Kauai Complex Area.  After KPAA piloted the program, the DOE took over operation of this program to provide support for teachers and one-on-one and small group tutoring for children and youth.

 Substance Abuse Reduction

Drug Response Plan 2008-2013From 2003 through August 2008, Kauai Planning & Action Alliance worked closely with the County of Kauai’s anti-drug efforts, launched by the late Mayor Bryan Baptiste.   KPAA facilitated the work of four committees – drug prevention, enforcement, treatment and community integration – and the Drug Action Team, composed of representatives of all four committees, and worked closely with the County’s Anti-Drug Coordinator.  KPAA wrote the County’s first Kauai Community Drug Response Plan 2004-2009 and over the next 5 years facilitated the committees as the plan was implemented.  In August 2008 KPAA completed the update Kauai Community Drug Response Plan 2008-2013 with the help of the committees and more than 70 volunteers.


Growth Management Tools

In 2007, KPAA’s membership adopted a new goal to identify growth management tools and strategies – particularly those that have withstood a legal challenge – that can be used to pace and locate growth in areas that meet the policy direction of the Kauai General Plan 2000.  In January 2008, Kauai was selected as one of ten communities around the country to receive the volunteer services of a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) from the American Institute of Architects.  The purpose of the Kauai project, Planning for Lihue’s Future, was to help redefine our district development planning process to ensure that it incorporates smart growth and sustainability principles and that it draws upon technologies and methods that facilitate public participation.