Best Practice Award

Transit-Oriented Development Education & Outreach Program (City & County of Honolulu, Department of Planning & Permitting; PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.)

The APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury commends the Transit-Oriented Development Education and Outreach program as it represents an innovative program that reflects both conventional and new public outreach strategies in effective ways. It is a program that is also transferable to other jurisdictions

and well-deserves this award.

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Community Advocacy Planning Award

Neighborhood Planning in the Context of Homelessness: Best Management Practices (City & County of Honolulu Department of Community Services, Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness, AECOM Client & Practice Funding Program)

In bestowing this award the APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury stated: “…the plan incorporates innovative concepts in developing approaches for the homeless situation in Honolulu.”

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Distinguished Leadership Award

Mary Lou Kobayashi

Mary Lou Kobayashi’s distinguished career spans over 38 years of dedicated service. She began her career in 1975 in the Planning Division of the former Department of Planning and Economic Development (DPED). She has been in leadership roles as the state planning function evolved Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).

The jurors agree wholeheartedly that Mary Lou has been a solid and exemplary planner for many years. She has an excellent grasp and deep knowledge of the issues that affect Hawai‘i and the role of planning to address those issues. Over the years, she has contributed to both the chapter and the planning profession in committees, organizing and supporting events. Beyond all that she has accomplished in her planning career, she has a sweet and patient disposition that makes it a joy for other to work with her. Mahalo nui loa, Mary Lou!

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Donald Wolbrink Chapter Achievement Award

Darrell Yagodich

During the 35 years of Darrell's careful watch as the Planning Program Manager for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), he accomplished significant advances for the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust and native Hawaiian beneficiaries. His accomplishments are significant because he laid a solid foundation of land, revenue, programs, and capacity-building services.

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Environment/Preservation Award

Stormwater Impact Assessment Guidance (State Office of Planning Coastal Zone Management Program, PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.)

The APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury noted that, "the Stormwater Impacts Guidance Manual can have substantial long-term positive impacts on the natural environment." The document provides a step-by-step framework for assessing potential stormwater impacts that follows the environmental review process. The jury also noted, "it is thorough, but concise and was written with the understanding that an agency reviewer of an EA or EIS will have general knowledge of stormwater impacts, but perhaps struggles with lack of available data, or the question of how much data to require from a project proponent...The concepts suggested in the guidance are tied to State of Hawai‘i planning policies and integrate with the EA/EIS process while observing planning considerations such as nexus and proportionality."

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Outstanding Planning Award

Live, Work, Play ‘Aiea

In bestowing this award the APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury commented, “As impressive as the project plan is, the more outstanding element was the public process the developer followed to develop community support and address agency concerns. Over a three year period with many, many community and agency meetings, the plans were revised several times to address concerns raised until it became the current plan which received broad consensus support. The developer’s patience, persistence, willingness to listen and revise plans as needed is impressive and well-deserves this

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Student Project Award

Kailapa Community Resource Center

The APA Hawai‘i Chapter Jury commend the students and advisors for developing a participatory community process that resulted in impressive alternatives for the community resource center. The project continued over two semesters demonstrating the commitment of the students and

professors to the community.

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Transportation Award

Roundabout at Pi‘ikea Avenue and Līloa Drive (County of Maui Department of Public Works, Warren S. Unemori Engineering, Inc., PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.)

In bestowing this year’s Transportation Award, the APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury recognizes the Pi‘ikea Avenue/Līloa Drive roundabout for the many “firsts” achieved in Hawai‘i:

  • First full-sized, pedestrian-friendly roundabout in Maui County capable of accommodating large tractor-trailers.
  • First roundabout to use wide, mounded, landscaped medians and deflective “S”-curves to achieve progressive speed reduction.
  • First roundabout to utilize Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons; specialized warning lights which increase the rate of vehicles yielding to pedestrians within crosswalks.

This project is an excellent example for future full-sized, modern roundabouts being considered for other intersections throughout the State. The Kīhei community has embraced the roundabout due to its improved vehicular and pedestrian safety and strong linkages to nearby destinations.

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Community-Based Planning Award

Waimea District/Regional Park Master Plan (County of Hawaii Department of Parks & Recreation, PBR Hawaii & Associates, Inc.)

In bestowing this award the APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury found the intensive efforts to engage the community throughout the entire process “impressive and well-done.” In addition, the jury recognized that the community-based planning process “energized and excited community members.” Further the jury concluded that: “The plan is comprehensive, ambitious and worthy of recognition.”

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Public Education and Outreach Award

Honoapi‘ilani Highway Realignment, Phase 1A, Keawe Street Extension to Kahainaluna Road (State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, Wilson Okamoto Corporation)

In bestowing this award the APA Hawai‘i Chapter jury found that the process undertaken “utilized an approach founded in sincerity and respect for Hawaiian culture.” The jury also found “the project team was very responsive and sensitive to the input they received during this process and showed

great creativity in design mitigation.”

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