Hawai‘i is a unique and beautiful state – for many, it is an ideal place to live and is second to none for providing a preferred quality of life. Because our future is so important, and the ecosystem so fragile, I'd like to quote from the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability web site, to help generate feedback on the draft plan:
"The lack of affordable and adequate housing; steady deterioration of our public infrastructure – including roads, parks, schools, health care facilities and other buildings; traffic gridlock and congestion on most islands; and population growth increasing at a rapid rate, particularly on the neighbor islands – all raise questions about the long term limits of growth on these islands and the need for all of us to begin planning and acting now to ensure a positive and sustainable future for the people of Hawai‘i, especially our children, youth, and future generations.
In developing a plan to create sustainable communities throughout our state, Hawai‘i 2050 seeks to foster dynamic, cohesive, fair and collaborative communities where residents can reach their personal aspirations. Issues related to population growth, carrying capacity, governance, justice and equity, and living within an island-based community will be addressed.
The Draft Hawai‘i 2050 Sustainability Plan is now open for public review and comment. We want to hear from you about the plan – what you like, what you don’t like, what makes sense, what’s missing, and what could be improved.
Hawai‘i 2050 is committed to a citizen-based planning process that builds on the wisdom and desires of our communities. It is the 'People’s Plan.'"