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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 examines the impacts of disasters in Waikiki and the necessary actions and partnerships needed to plan for a successful recovery.  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 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 tactical or field manual, or 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.  

The 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