About APA Hawai‘i
Welcome E Komo Mai
The APA Hawai‘i Chapter gets you involved in APA here in Hawai‘i. We're your local source for networking and professional development. You'll share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office. We provide a variety of services that show the real value of membership, providing opportunities that allow planners to grow their careers, networks and skills.
Over 50 Years of Planning in Hawai‘i
The APA Hawai‘i Chapter was founded in 1962, although planning in Hawai‘i predates this founding. Several National planning forefathers were already working in Hawaii, including: Charles Mulford Robinson, Lewis Mumford, and Harland Bartholomew.
Fun Fact: Charles Mulford Robinson first envisioned the iconic Aloha Tower.
The American Planning Association is organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning - physical, economic, and social - at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The APA is a non-profit public interest and research organization representing 37,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.
Sixty-five percent of APA's members are employed by state and local government agencies. These members are involved, on a day-to-day basis, in formulating planning policies and preparing land use regulations. The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.
The national headquarters in Chicago, houses the research, publications, conference, education, membership, and marketing departments, and leadership and council programs (chapter, division, and student services). Offices in Washington D.C., houses AICP and professional development, outreach and policy functions, including legislative affairs, and public information services.