November 14, 2019: The Hawai‘i Green Growth Local2030 Hub annual members meeting hosted by the Bishop Museum brought together Network partners from across public, private, and civil society to advance joint priorities. The Network launched the first statewide Voluntary Local Review to take stock of progress on the Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai‘i’s local framework to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marking the start of the Decade of Action from 2020-2030.
The 2019 event included opening remarks by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on City initiatives to implement the Ola Resilience Strategy and Maui Managing Director Sandy Baz on resilience and renewable transportation strategies, with messages from all four counties on initiatives advancing the Aloha+ Challenge and UN Sustainable Development Goals. HGG members provided reports on Working Group efforts underway to implement the 2018-2020 Strategy, and identified recommendations during a series of interactive sessions to inform the 2020 Voluntary Local Review and Network initiatives.
Video message by Kaua’i Mayor Derek Kawakami and launch of the Kaua‘i Aloha+ Challenge to promote community engagement and action on Hawai‘i’s sustainability goals.
Hawai’i Voluntary Local Review for 2020
Aloha+ Challenge 5-Year Review: Hawai‘i’s Framework to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Aloha+ Challenge 5-Year Review:
Launch of the 2020 Voluntary Local Review
Hawai‘i will pioneer the first statewide Voluntary Local Review, convened by the HGG Local2030 Hub with state, county, and business and civil society partners. In July 2020, Hawai‘i will have an opportunity to share statewide progress on the Aloha+ Challenge and the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the international community during the UN High-Level Political Forum.
HGG members launched the 2020 Voluntary Local Review with sessions to identify recommendations across policy innovation, measurement, circular economy and ESG, next generation leadership, community resilience, and sustainable tourism.
As a key economic driver, the tourism sector can lead on achieving statewide sustainability goals and further position Hawai‘i at the cutting edge. Members discussed challenges of overtourism and environmental and social impacts, and identified opportunities to reframe the relationship between visitors and communities, increase visitor education and utilize cultural resources such as the Ma‘ema‘e toolkit, and advance initiatives that increase sustainable operations. Recommendations for next steps focused on collaboration with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and stakeholders on sustainable tourism metrics, baseline trends, and near-term initiatives that promote the well-being of Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources, local economy, and communities.
Private Sector Action:
Sustainability Business Forum
The HGG Local2030 Hub Annual Meeting highlighted private sector leadership on the Aloha+ Challenge, including joint initiatives by the Sustainability Business Forum with the Green Your Business Initiative tracked on the Aloha+ Dashboard and carbon off-set pilot.
Local Innovation: Network Partner Events
Network partner events showcased cutting-edge innovations advancing Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge and UN SDGs. The Hawai‘i Annual Code Challenge culminated a multi-week innovation sprint and Mana Up featured its fourth cohort of local entrepreneurs.