Planning in Context
Planning for Hawai‘i’s future requires connecting community, place, and science. The ‘Ike Wai
Community Engagement component aims to understand research and resources needed to help make informed management and planning decisions for the future of Hawai‘i in the face of on-the-ground issues and needs.
Along with the impacts of climate change, increasing energy costs, and food sustainability
concerns, water security has also become a statewide priority in Hawai‘i. ʻIke Wai to aims to
understand the context of these pressures through community engagement and produce resources that align with statewide strategic planning efforts.
Serving the community with science towards sustainability
Our mission is focused on 1) partnering with communities and agencies as a trusted source of
data, expertise, and scientific evidence, and 2) developing a new, resilient knowledge of the
water system for policy makers that is based on data and models with long-term planning in
We work with the core value of Pono (what is right) to bring science and data to support
decisions and communities in fairness, not advocating for one side or the other. We are
committed to serving the indigenous, underserved, and underrepresented in our community. To that, ‘Ike Wai adds its commitment to island sustainability: the idea that po‘e (people), ‘aina (land), and wai (water) are intimately linked in a cycle of life unique to a community. In order to achieve our vision, we need to value the ecological context, for it can inform and influence both the science and practice of ‘Ike Wai.
Examples of our work
Through Stakeholder Engagement, ‘Ike Wai has developed a network of stakeholder and
community relationships that further the relevance and resilience of project products. This
• Developing working relations with key water management agencies for data sharing
and facilitation of decision-support development;
• Gaining approval from various landowners for site and well access to conduct
scientific field research;
• Consulting community and agencies to inform future land use scenarios for
• Understanding water governance and policy implementation in Hawai‘i through
applied research in partnership with Ulupono Initiative;
• Improving collaboration, communication, outreach, and education across the