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Climate Change Workshops

Sust’ainable Molokai News Release

Please join us as Sustʻainable Molokai hosts Molokai Climate Change Workshops round two across the island – starting in Mana’e on April 7. The workshops are part of Molokai Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise Adaptation and Resiliency Plan (CCSLAR) and will include three in-person meetings and one virtual meeting.

Where will our shoreline be in 2100? The Molokai CCSLAR Plan focuses on climate change issues; particularly, how sea level rise will affect Molokai, our lifestyle and our community. The main goal is for the community to identify five to 10 most important areas, whether it be infrastructure, buildings, and/or roadways that either need to be relocated, rebuilt, or adjusted to adapt to sea-level rise.

The importance of this workshop is for you, the community, to finalize the most important areas on Molokai to be addressed in this plan. We, as a community, need to pinpoint these priority sites because this month, our consultant engineers – SEI – will be coming to Molokai to visit those exact locations/areas that the community wants to focus on and protect — to begin their evaluation and cost benefit analysis for us to discuss and plan for next steps.

The next workshop will be held at Kilohana Recreational Center on April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner will be available. We encourage you to bring your friends, family, kupuna, keiki and anyone else to share their manaʻo and contribute any knowledge to this project.

This second set of workshops will be easier now that restrictions have been lifted and Parks and Recs are open again. No more waiting in line in ‘ohana pods and in your cars for the next available booth. But still we will be practicing safe procedures.

The CCSLAR project also launched the “DIY SLR Tour” two weeks ago and runs through April 18. If you take a drive along roadways and visit local businesses, you will find DIY SLR Stations signs and stakes with posters and color flagging. With this DIY SLR Tour, we want the community to visualize where our waterline will be by 2100. At each station, there will be a poster (which will be staked in the ground) with colored ribbon indicating the water depth.

To take the survey and make your voice heard, please visit linktr.ee/molokaiclimatechange. For info on the DIY SLR Tour, go to linktr.ee/MKKSLRTOUR. Stay connected through our social media platforms and our website, sustaiablemolokai.org

On behalf of our CCSLAR Team and the Sustʻainable Molokai team, we want to give a big mahalo to all those who attended the first community workshops held in November 2021. We also want to send a big mahalo to our schools here on the island, as well as to community members that attended the Lanikeha Community Resource Fair! Mahalo to everyone who participated, shared their manaʻo, and continue to support this plan and project.


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