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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

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!