Aloha,                                                                                                                           June 15, 2015

We are happy to welcome you to this year’s Island Futures Conference.

The Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials (HCPO) and Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) conference will be held October 14-16, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center. The conference theme, Island Futures, will explore the economic, social, environmental and technological topics at play today which are shaping Hawaii’s future. The conference is being co-hosted this year by the State Office of Planning (OP), and the Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC).

The conference will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 14 with mobile workshops/tours, GIS workshops and networking opportunities.  Activities on Thursday, Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16 will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, the presentation of awards from the Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association, and specific educational seminars. Attendees from either conference will have the freedom to attend any session regardless of registration or affiliation.

A preliminary list of planning topics to be covered include Planning for a Sustainable Economy, Making Housing Affordable, Food Self-Sufficiency, Making TOD Happen, State Land Use Review, Coastal Resilience, Water Resources Protection, Cultural Resource Management / Resolving Cultural Conflicts, Outdoor Recreational Resources, and Mapping Resource Lands.  AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits will be sought for some sessions.

A preliminary list of GIS topics to be covered include GIS in Government, GIS in Planning, GIS online and in the cloud, Environmental / Natural Resources GIS, Education GIS, Coastal and Marine GIS, GIS Data, Imagery and Lidar, Mobile GIS and GIS in Emergency Management.

Keynote speakers for Island Futures 2015 include David Early, a California-based planning expert on smart growth and creative funding strategies for smart growth who uses GeoDesign principles and GIS to create automated evaluation tools to assess economic, social and environmental outcomes of various land use scenarios, Richard Hall, a smart growth planner with over two decades of experience in Maryland balancing community revitalization and land preservation who led projects to produce maps and GIS applications in support of PlanMaryland, and Mike McCormick, an expert in growth management from Washington state.

Conference information can be found at the conference website:


Mahalo nui,

Acting Director                                                                              President

Office of Planning                                                                        HIGICC

Leo R. Asuncion                                                                            Craig Clouet