Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

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"Islands are leading innovative solutions for the necessity of our people’s and country’s survival. Strong partnerships are critical to making these solutions a reality. I call on you to join our Global Island Partnership to work together to build resilient and sustainable island communities."
H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau and Leader of the Global Island Partnership

High Level Glispa Events

Aloha+ Challenge

"The Aloha+ Challenge is Hawai'i's commitment to Mālama Honua—to care for Island Earth. As an archipelago of islands across this blue planet, we can string a lei of action to challenge the world to join us in these commitments."

– William J. Aila, Jr, Chairman for the State of Hawai'i Department of Land & Natural Resources

"I am happy to say that that many federal agencies are partnering with the State of Hawai'i to help set and achieve the ambitious goals of the Aloha+ Challenge."

– Dr. John Holdren, U.S. Delegation Head at SIDS 2014 

 Chief Executives Sign Aloha Challenge Declaration

Hawai'i Chief Executives Sign Aloha Challenge Declaration

Aloha+ Challenge

As an island state, Hawai'i shares challenges faced by all islands and is a microcosm of the planet. Launched by the Governor, Hawai'i's four mayors, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs on July 7, 2014, the Aloha+ Challenge: A Culture of Sustainability – He Nohona 'Ae 'oia is a joint leadership commitment to sustainability for the State of Hawai'i.

The State of Hawai'I and U.S. Department of State announced the Aloha+ Challenge internationally at the United Nations' Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) in Samoa in September 2014.

Hawai'i's six Chief Executives committed to six ambitious targets to build a more secure, sustainable and resilient economy for Hawai'i by 2030:

  1. Clean Energy: 70% clean energy - 40% from renewables & 30% from efficiency
  2. Local Food: At least double local food production - 20-30% of food consumed is grown locally
  3. Natural Resource Management: Reverse the trend of natural resource loss mauka to makai by increasing freshwater security, watershed protection, community-based marine management, invasive species control, and restoration of native species
  4. Waste Reduction: Reduce the solid waste stream prior to disposal by 70% through source reduction, recycling, bioconversion, and landfill diversion methods
  5. Smart Sustainable Communities: Increase livability and resilience in the built environment through planning and implementation at the state and county levels
  6. Green Workforce: Increase local green jobs and education to implement these targets

 From Commitment to Action

The Aloha+ Challenge sets six statewide sustainability targets to be achieved by 2030 – in clean energy transformation, local food production, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart growth, climate resilience, green job creation and education. These targets provide a shared framework to set priorities, take action and track progress.

In September 2013, the Honorable Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, and the Global Island Partnership invited Hawai'i to make an international commitment to sustainability. Hawai'i Governor Neil Abercrombie accepted Ambassador Jumeau's invitation to join the Global Island Partnership and "step up and step forward as an island leader."

Inspired by the Global Island Partnership, the Aloha+ Challenge is a commitment to statewide targets and an integrated approach which is strongly supported by the Hawai'i State Legislature, Hawai'i Green Growth, and a growing network of public and private leaders, organizations and communities.

Hawai'i is committed to working and learning with other islands to demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions that build a more secure, sustainable, and resilient future.

As the most isolated population on the planet, Hawai'i exemplifies the urgent need for action on the global priority for green growth. Hawai'i's people depend on imports for 95% of their energy and 85-90% of their food, at an estimated annual cost of $8.6 billion. Hawai'i is also known as a hot spot for biodiversity loss. Like all islands across the Asia Pacific region, Hawai'i will be on the forefront responding to climate change impacts.

The Aloha+ Challenge was developed and is actively supported by Hawai'i Green Growth (HGG), a partnership of more than 50 leaders from government, non-governmental organizations, business and academia across Hawai'i collaborating on three key strategies to develop the state's green and blue economy.

Hawai'i Green Growth

Hawai'i Green Growth (HGG) is a partnership of more than 50 leaders in Hawai'I from government, non-governmental organizations, business and academia that developed and support the Aloha+ Challenge. HGG serves as a catalyst for multi‐sector partnerships to advance the state's emerging blue‐green economy. Under HGG, leaders develop shared priorities for action, support innovative funding mechanisms and legislation, develop shared indicators to track progress, and engage with international partners to help achieve the Aloha+ Challenge targets.


Learn More

Learn more about the Aloha+ Challenge and Hawai'i Green Growth : 

Audrey Newman
Senior Advisor to Hawai'i Green Growth
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