render of sea level
Rendering of potential sea level rise impacts in Kakaʻako

Sea-level rise in Hawaiʻi is a potentially destructive reality that researchers say could trigger frequent inland flooding within the next 15 to 20 years. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Christina Gerhardt aims to heighten awareness about the impending future of climate change in Honolulu using art. She is launching an interactive walk and talk series called, HighWaterLine: Honolulu where using a chalk liner, participants are able to visualize the future shoreline in Kakaʻako expected due to sea-level rise.

The four-day event is a part of national community art project, HighWaterLine that pinpoints how climate change will impact coastal communities. The event has been featured in major cities like New York and Miami.

Gerhardt is co-organizing the series on Oʻahu with artist and geographer Adele Balderston. The free events will include three presentations and two community walks highlighting the historical flow of water through Kakaʻako, flooding risks, watershed management and future development.

All events are free and open to the public, beginning on December 12 and running through January 25. Organizers ask participants to RSVP. Head to HighWaterLine: Honolulu for more information.