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West Kauaʻi Community Vulnerability Assessment


Recent News & Upcoming Events

West Kaua`i CVA Draft report

We are excited to present to you the CVA  Draft Report! We are now seeking your feedback on this Draft Report. Your input is critical at this stage.

You can access the Draft Report and associated files at the google drive link here.

This google drive link includes the following files:

  1. The Draft 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

  4. A comment form which you can download and edit to provide specific comments on the Draft report.

We would like to receive your comments on the comment form.  When you download the excel sheet the first excel tab includes instructions on how to fill out the spreadsheet. The second excel tab is where you will provide your comments.  In the draft report there are line numbers on the left hand side. Use the line numbers to indicate the sentence(s) you wish to comment on. Write down your comment in the second column.  In the third column, labeled ‘Suggested Change/Correction’ you can provide us with any suggestions or recommendations in regards to your comment. Write the reviewer’s name (your name) in the fourth column and your affiliation (if any) in the fifth column.  **Please return the Comment Spreadsheet to Alisha Summers, alishaks@hawaii.edu, by Monday, August 12th.

Once again, thank you for your continued support, input and involvement throughout this project.  Without your dedication and hard work this project would not have been possible.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #7: Water and Electricity

On Wednesday, May 8th we held our 7th and final workshop on water and electricity. We were fortunate to have experts on hand from Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and the Department of Water (DOW), along with several interested community members. The draft VCAPS causal diagram is shown below, and you can also download a PDF here (DRAFT_CVA7 VCAPS diagram). Please contact us with any edits or comments! We have already begun our next step, which is writing up everything we have. More news to come on the release of the draft report!

DRAFT_CVA7-VCAPS-diagram 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #6: Cultural Resources

On Monday, April 1st, we held our sixth focused discussion on Cultural Resources. Mahalo nui loa to all the participants who shared their knowledge and concerns regarding agriculture on the west-side of Kauaʻi. We successfully identified potential climate change vulnerabilities and a variety of possible solutions. The draft VCAPs casual diagram is shown below. You can also download a PDF here.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #5: Agriculture

On Monday, February 25th we held our fifth focused discussion on Agriculture. Mahalo nui loa to all the participants who shared their knowledge and concerns regarding agriculture on the west-side of Kauaʻi. We successfully identified potential climate change vulnerabilities and a variety of possible solutions. The draft VCAPs casual diagram is shown below. You can also download a PDF here.

Community Vulnerability Assessment Meeting #4: Beaches and Coastal Properties

On Monday, December 10th we held our 4th focused discussion on Beaches and Coastal Properties. We had a dynamic session with guest speakers Chip Fletcher and Chuck Blay. Participants shared their knowledge and concerns regarding beaches and beach erosion on on the west-side. Specific vulnerabilities and a range of possible solutions were identified. The draft VCAPs causal diagram is below and you can also download. You can also download a PDF here.

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.

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