100-Year Visions for Hawaii

A diverse group of young leaders wrote first-draft visions of nine key issues. They want your feedback.

August, 2017


O ke Aloha Ko Kakou Piko a me Ko Kakou Alakai i Pono (o) Hawaii a i Pono ke Ao Nei. (Aloha is in Our Hearts and Our Way to a Better Hawaii and to a Better World.)Mauka-Makai_Illustration


By Steve Petranik

Long-term goals are important, because without them, you drift through life and react impulsively to whatever the world throws at you.

Your odds of success are best when you and your team have a shared vision of where you all want to go and how to get there.

Those of us who love Hawai‘i want a better future for the Islands and their people. An important first step toward that better future is to create a shared vision of tomorrow and how to get there.

A small group of long-time local leaders, led by Duane Kurisu and other members of the Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA), understood the need for that shared vision – a 100-year vision – but they also recognized that they were not the right people to write it. They would be dead and gone before such a future could be realized. A younger group of local leaders needed to create the vision, because they would be the people who would help make it happen.

The authors are a diverse group of smart and public-spirited individuals, people with a wide range of perspectives and passions, most in their 30s and 40s. People from businesses, nonprofits and government service, from around Hawai‘i. For eight months, they met, discussed, argued, shared, laughed, dreamed, pondered and wrote, sometimes altogether, at other times in small groups. It wasn’t easy. But I am grateful they took on this monumental and vital challenge.

What emerged are nine visions, also called strategic frameworks, that are printed in the following pages. These visions of a better Hawai‘i contrast immensely with today’s reality. To get there, the people of Hawai‘i will need to disrupt existing systems and existing ways of thinking; drive policy changes in government and private industry; and create unity, partnerships and planning across different sectors and different generations.

These are first drafts and now is the time for everyone in Hawai‘i to join in the discussion. We want your feedback. Each vision includes an email address where you can send your thoughts, criticism, praise or alternatives. Think carefully about what is best for Hawai‘i and for our children and grandchildren. Then send us your best ideas.

After your feedback is incorporated, the next goal is refined and improved visions that will be published on a website and in a book from Watermark Publishing. Of course, the final, ongoing goal is a better Hawai‘i, for you and me, and especially for our children, onto the seventh generation and beyond.


Here is an alphabetical list of the participants in the discussions and writing of these visions: Amy Kalai Brinker, Brandon Kurisu, Casey Brown,Dana Sato, David Ariyoshi, David Morimoto, Donavan Kealoha, Donovan Dela Cruz, Elisia Flores, Giorgio Caldarone, Hailama Farden, Jared Watumull, Jason Fujimoto, Jason Fujita, Jason H. Haruki, Jason Hirata, Jason Thune, Jeffrey Grimmer, Jessica Worchel, Kaiulani Murphy, Kamanaopono M. Crabbe, Kanakolu Noa, Kawika Burgess, Keaweaimoku Kaholokula, Kelii Anderson, Kihei Nahale-a, Kristen Yamane, Kuuhaku Park, Leah Borsting, Leesa Kim, Lisa Miller, Marcus Iwane, Matt Emerson, Momi Akana, Nalani Choy, Ken Niimura, Rick Barboza, Robert Kurisu, Scott Kuioka, Scott Yoshihara, Sean Nakamura, Stacy Clayton, Tricia Dang and Wendy Kekahio.

Leaders and Organizers: Duane Kurisu, Earl Kawaa, Glenn Miyazaki, Lauren Nahme and Warren Haruki.


This visioning effort goes by the name I Am Hawaii. It is intended as an expression of personal responsibility: Creating a better Hawaii is not the job of someone else, it is the responsibility of you, me and everyone who truly loves Hawaii. I am Hawaii, you are Hawaii, we are all Hawaii.


The visions in this section are first drafts. Even the participants fell the urge to continue adjusting, but it’s time for them to put pencils down. What’s needed now are your thoughts, criticisms, praise and alternatives. Each sector has an individual email; use it to send your ideas. If you have overall ideas, send them to feedback@IAmHawaii.org.


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