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About the Project

The Waikiki Pre-Disaster Recovery Project is a pilot recovery planning initiative conducted through a partnership between the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association (WBIDA) and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Project aims to increase the understanding of recovery needs in Waikiki and build momentum for planning prior to a disaster.  The Project focuses on the boundaries of the Waikiki Business Improvement District, but recognizes the connection the district has with the surrounding areas.  The Project has consisted of two phases to date.  

Phase I - Recommendations for Recovery Planning in Waikiki

Phase I (November 2015 - February 2017) was a comprehensive effort to examine the impacts of disaster in Waikiki and the necessary actions and partnerships needed to plan for a successful recovery. The Phase I report is based on stakeholder engagement, scientific analysis, and a comprehensive review of existing plans and legislation. Part One of the report introduces the need for recovery planning, while Part Two provides Waikiki-specific recovery planning recommendations. Report attachments include a detailed vulnerability assessment, a disaster debris management plan, a business recovery guide, and other disaster recovery planning resources.

The Project report is meant to be a guide for decision-making and planning, and should not be considered a formalized recovery plan. These recommendations set the stage for future recovery planning activities and provide tools to facilitate that process. The development of an official Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan for Waikiki will require the formalization of recovery goals and authorities, additional examination of recovery priorities, continued engagement of stakeholders, and a commitment across sectors to move forward.  

Phase II - Lessons Learned from Puerto Rico, Recovery Operations Mapping, & Small Business Resilience

Phase II of the Project (November 2017 - September 2018) continued to build understanding related to recovery.  This phase included research and identification of lessons from the 2017 hurricane season.  Because of the similarities with Oahu, research focused on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico to draw lessons for other island communities and tourist destinations, such as Waikiki.   

This phase also built upon the work of Phase I to identify the relevant Waikiki stakeholders, government partners and roles and responsibilities associated with desired recovery outcomes.  A recovery operations mapping template was created for future planning and decision-making regarding recovery organizational structure, major players, and activities.

Lastly, this phase consisted of the development and delivery of resilience training for small businesses.  Small businesses are often severely affected by disasters.  With small businesses making up a majority of WBIDA membership, it is important to help them prepare and plan for the risks associated with disasters.

The Phase I final report, Waikiki Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Project:
Recommendations for Future Planning
has been completed.  To download, 
click here.

Participating Organizations

National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

Waikiki Business Improvement District Association

Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
 University of Hawaii at Manoa