Hawai'i launched the Aloha+ Challenge, a statewide commitment to sustainability, with the leadership of the Governor, four county Mayors, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, State Legislature, and Hawai‘i Green Growth public-private partners across the state. The Aloha+ Challenge: He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia, A Culture of Sustainability builds on Hawai‘i's history of systems thinking, indigenous knowledge, and successful track record on sustainability to identify six ambitious goals to be achieved by 2030 in clean energy transformation, local food production, natural resource management, solid waste reduction, smart sustainable communities, and green workforce and education.
Hawai'i's elected officials formally signed the Aloha+ Challenge Declaration at a press conference on July 7th 2014. The State Legislature unanimously endorsed the Aloha+ Challenge with Senate Concurrent resolution (SCR69). Hawai‘i Green Growth, the public-private partnership platform that serves as the backbone organization for the Aloha+ Challenge, is developing shared measures and a joint policy and action agenda to track progress, provide accountability, and drive implementation on Hawai‘i's 2030 goals.
The Aloha+ Challenge was inspired by the Global Island Partnership and other island commitments like the Micronesia Challenge and Caribbean Challenge, broadening the focus to include the environmental, economic and social pillars of sustainable development. The Hawaiian name for the Aloha+ Challenge is He Nohona 'Ae'oia: A Culture of Sustainability; Aloha+ was chosen to represent Hawai'i's unique, integrated approach to sustainability rooted in Hawaiian culture, values, and knowledge.