APA-HI Annual Planning Directors' Forum

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Friday, November 16, 2018
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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The Directors will provide an update on their initiatives, share their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session, speak about issues facing their jurisdictions, and address topics such as transient vacation rentals, affordable housing, and planning for sea level rise and climate change.


Daniel Orodenker

Invited Speaker

Daniel Orodenker is currently the Executive Director of the Land Use Commission. After graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law he practiced with the firm of Kessner Duca and Maki in Honolulu, focusing on administrative and development law. He has served as Director of the Honolulu Waterfront ... Read More

Leo Asuncion, Jr.

Invited Speaker

Born and raised on Oʻahu, Leo R. Asuncion, Jr., is the Director of the Office of Planning, State of Hawaiʻi. He has over twenty-five years of experience in program and project management, land use planning, capital improvement projects, policy development and program evaluation. He is also active with a number ... Read More

Michele McLean

Invited Speaker

Michele Chouteau McLean became Maui County's Deputy Planning Director with the new Arakawa administration on January 3, 2011, and became Director on July 1, 2018. She was previously the Deputy Director for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC), where she worked for more than five years. Prior to ... Read More

Michael Dahilig

Invited Speaker

Michael A. Dahilig has served as Kaua‘i’s Planning Director since 2010. Prior to his tenure as Director, he served as a Deputy County Attorney for the County of Kaua‘i, and clerked for the Honorable Randal Valenciano, Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court. Mike also spent some ... Read More

Kathy Sokugawa

Invited Speaker

Kathy Sokugawa has been the Acting Director of the Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP) since the beginning of 2017. As Planning Division Chief for DPP, Ms. Sokugawa has over thirty years of experience in City planning, with emphasis on zoning, community planning, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development (TOD). She has ... Read More

Michael Yee

Invited Speaker

Michael Yee brings experience in urban planning, community development, affordable housing, historic preservation, cultural preservation and social justice. His leadership strives to create trusting relationships and partnerships, especially in marginalized communities. Michael is a tireless advocate for integrating growth, sustainability and equity into government policy. Michael earned a Bachelor of ... Read More

Contact Info

Paul Luersen, pluersen@hawaii.rr.com