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West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment


Daniele Spirandelli: danieles@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-6866

Ruby Pap: rpap@hawaii.edu or call (808) 241-4183

West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment Final Report

Mahalo nui loa for participating in the West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment (CVA)! We are so appreciative for your continued support, input and involvement throughout this project.  Without your dedication and hard work this project would not have been possible.

As promised, we are excited to present to you the CVA final report.  Final report content and maps can be found here. A final layout version with graphics will be available late January.

This google drive link includes the following files:

  1. The Final Report

  2. Appendix A which provides the finalized VCAPS diagram from each CVA workshop

  3. Appendix B which provides the sea level rise exposure maps associated with the report

West Kauaʻi Potluck Celebration (12/09/19)

Please join us on December 9th from 5:30-8:00pm for a gathering and potluck celebration at the Waimea Theater to honor the completion of the West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment. A final presentation of findings from the project report will be followed by a potluck dinner and talk story with exhibits. This gathering is open to all. We hope you will join us to celebrate your hard work. Please bring a food dish to share, and bring your friends and neighbors!

Critical to this two-year long project and critical to the resilience of the Westside is the deep connection of its people, to one another, to its future and its past, especially in the midst of sea level rise and climate change. We hope that these values shine through the final report. Final report content and maps can be found here. A final layout version with graphics will be available late January.

Here is a link to RSVP and indicate the ono grinds you will bring!


5:30-6:00 Registration

6:00-7:00 Report Presentation

We will go over everything that was done during the two-year process and the key take-aways and recommendations. County Planning staff will also be on hand to talk about the links to the West Kaua`i Community Plan.

7:00-8:00 Potluck Dinner and Talk Story with exhibits

We plan to have several posters/exhibits set up around the room. Eat and socialize, ask questions, and discuss how the report can be used to further community resiliency in West Kaua`i.

See you there!

About the Project

Like many low-lying coastal regions of the world, the County of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi is vulnerable to the impacts of present and future coastal hazards associated with climate change. While the State is generating important mapping and a statewide economic vulnerability assessment showing the potential impacts of future sea level rise, coastal communities have important local knowledge about hazards that greatly informs that data. The West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment (Vulnerability Assessment) will work with local west side communities to identify vulnerabilities and generate ideas for adapting to change.  Recommendations for the West Kauaʻi Community Plan, a separate, but related process, will also be generated. This project supports State and County goals to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Ultimately, the outcomes will help guide implementation plans, policies, and adaptation strategies to increase resilience to coastal hazards.


The purpose of the vulnerability assessment is to integrate local knowledge with climate science to document resources, places, and facilities in West Kauaʻi that are vulnerable to hazards and to identify adaptation options. Vulnerability to coastal hazards such as flooding and erosion will be documented and evaluated and potential solutions (i.e. adaptations) to reduce vulnerability will be identified.

We invite all in West Kauaʻi to participate!