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West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment


Recent News & Upcoming Events

(UPCOMING) Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #4: Beaches and Coastal Properties

The fourth four-hour VCAPs session will focus on beaches and coastal properties. Please join us! All are welcome to examine the sea level rise data, share their expertise, and discuss how beaches and coastal properties might be vulnerable to sea level rise.

What: Beaches and Coastal Properties Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation to Climate Change

When: Monday, December 10th from 3:30pm – 8:00pm (registration 3:30pm; start promptly at 4:00pm)

Where: Hanapēpē Library

Food will be provided**

**Please RSVP so that we can cater the session to the size expected and so enough food and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Erin “Bear” Braich, ebraich@hawaii.edu by Friday, December 7th. Also, feel free to share this announcement with anyone who may be interested.

For those of you who are new to this process, over the next few months we will be holding a series of facilitated participatory sessions, diving deep into the various management concerns identified during Phase I of the project. We will be utilizing a tool called VCAPS (Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios), which has successfully been used in many coastal communities across the nation.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #3: Critical Infrastructures

On November 26th, the third four-hour VCAPs session was held focusing on critical infrastructures. Participants rolled up their sleeves, shared their knowledge and expertise on critical infrastructure on the west-side, and identified potential climate change vulnerabilities and possible solutions. Mahalo nui for all the hard work. A draft VCAPs scenario is below. You can also download a pdf directly here.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #2: Drainage

On Wednesday October 3, 2018, twenty-five community members and experts gathered for the second VCAPs session on drainage. Participants rolled up their sleeves, shared their knowledge and expertise on drainage issues on the west-side, and identified potential climate change vulnerabilities and possible solutions. Mahalo nui for all the hard work. A draft VCAPs scenario is below. You can also download it directly as a pdf here.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #1: Transportation

On Wednesday, September 5th, we conducted our first successful VCAPS session on transportation and evacuation! We couldn’t have done it without the hard work of the 24 community members and experts who participated. Mahalo nui loa! We started a draft VCAPS scenario (below) with many opportunities to complete the diagram. We will schedule a meeting in the near future to continue the fruitful discussion.

WKCVA Transportation VCAPS Diagram

Kick-off Meeting

We celebrated a successful kick off event, “Let’s Tackle Sea Level Rise” on July 31st at the Waimea Theater. Many thanks to all who attended and to the Waimea Theater for hosting! An overview of the project was provided by Daniele Spirandelli, an informative primer on climate change science given by climate expert, Dolan Eversole of UH Sea Grant, and the film Miss South Pacific by Kauai Producer Teresa Tico was shown. A big outcome of the event was a discussion and survey of management concerns related to coastal hazards that will be tackled throughout the next few months. The process will include a series of 4 hour facilitated sessions using VCAPS for each management concern. Click here for a description of the management concerns. All west side community members, workers, and asset managers are encouraged to attend.

WKCVA Kick-off Flyer