During the Demonstration Phase a variety of place-based initiatives and models for integrated government and community emerged. Many projects involve active involvement of community members who worked to restore part of an ecosystem and began to monitor and watch that ecosystem. As projects continue forward and results are seen, they attract additional interest and resources.
Benchmark - Where we are now
  • The Demonstration Phase yielded over a dozen examples of place-based community projects and stewardship: the Office of Planning Coastal Zone Management (OP-CZM) Program financially supported and provided technical assistance to the following projects that are outlined in Appendix E: Heʻeia Kea (Oʻahu), Ala Wai Watershed Project (O‘ahu), Hanalei (Kauaʻi), Honuʻapo Estuary (Hawaiʻi Island), Hilo Bay (Hawaiʻi Island), Puʻu O Umi Natural Reserve and Kohala Natural Reserve (Hawaiʻi Island), Maunalua Bay (Oʻahu), West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, and West Maui Watershed (Maui). Lessons learned from communities could be posted as references for others.
  • The agencies recognize that in areas where people still use traditional practices, there are frequent conflicts, especially over access.
  • Modern day application of ahupuaʻa management is no longer strictly practiced, although there are attempts at restoring this practice in several locations. Conversations about restoring this practice began in earnest with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) puwalu series, which was initiated statewide in August 2006.These workshops focused on engaging the Native Hawaiian community in a dialogue to inform the WPRFMC Fisheries Ecosystem Management Plans for Hawaiʻi.
Target - Where we would like to be
  • Established place-based projects are supported to continue their work in ocean resource management. Where applicable, they are assisted in navigating the permit process associated with their restoration efforts, and in developing Best Management Practices (BMP's) for restoration work through information and expertise sharing.
  • Additional projects are identified by working with the community and supported in their efforts.

Increase in number of community projects underway which are given technical or financial assistance

The Hawaiʻi Coastal Zone Management Program periodically supports community projects through technical or financial assistance.

Some more recent community projects include: 
The annual 'My Hawai‘i Story Project' through the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance.

My Hawai‘i is an annual environmental writing contest for middle school students in Grades 6, 7, and 8, from across the state. The students’ writing represents their personal reflections on the environment, cultural values, kuleana, stewardship, and place-based writing, and contributes to a collection of youth literature that is unique to Hawai‘i. This important initiative encourages, nurtures, cultivates, and promotes future generations to develop a sense of responsibility to care for and protect Hawaiʻi’s environment.

The statewide, 'Get the Drift & Bag It!' marine debris and shoreline cleanup campaign.
In 2017, 1,273 volunteers collected 395,200 pounds of litter from Maui's coastlines during the campaign.

Agency: Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program