Background

The Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) Policy and Working Groups were established in 2007 and have been meeting regularly since then. Both groups work on implementation of the ORMP. They provide a forum for state agencies and county and federal partners to share information, improve coordination, and prevent duplication. They offer an opportunity to increase partnerships and collaborations for effective and efficient conservation efforts in the Hawaiian Islands.

Benchmark - Where we are now
  • Coordinated efforts have the potential to yield better results than would have resulted from a single agency approach. The ORMP groups and committees provide a network for agencies and professionals engaged in similar efforts. Knowledge sharing, capacity-building and interfacing through participation in the Policy and Working Groups enable regular communication and cooperation on mutual interests. While coordination is difficult to measure in a quantitative manner, success in this regard has been noteworthy, as remarked during participant interviews.
  • Participants note the following benefits they have received from collaboration through the ORMP Groups: creation of a network that they are able to use collectively and in their own work; expanded knowledge of the operations of state and county governments as well as federal activities that may affect State waters; discovering the programs operated by various agencies and learning about the challenges they face and how they are dealing with them; and sharing different perspectives on issues that might not have been otherwise heard.
  • While collaborative implementation of the ORMP has occurred and is significant, challenges remain that cannot be fully overcome just by collaboration. Budget restrictions and staffing shortages demonstrate that collaborative governance is essential to carrying out the goals and objectives of the ORMP.
  • The State of Hawai‘i Office of Information Management & Technology has formulated a transformation plan that includes a framework for implementing and tracking performance measures.
Target - Where we would like to be
  • A guiding framework is created that continues to address collaboration while adding methods for raising complex and overlapping issues, as well as conflict resolution.
  • Resources assigned to the Policy and Working Groups are increased, which are currently provided by a single Office of Planning (OP) planner.
  • The Hawai‘i Sub-Regional Ocean Partnership (Hawai‘i Sub-ROP) is established to advance the framework for collaboration.


Work with the State of Hawai‘i Office of Information Management & Technology to create a state performance measures website for the ORMP metrics


The ORMP Data Dashboard has been created to report on metric progress and successes.

Agency: Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program

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Increase in number of obstacles to ORMP implementation identified and resolved by Sub-ROP

(Data coming soon)

Agency: Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program

Image: Getty Images 

Increase in number and range of issues handled by ORMP Council on Ocean Resources and/or Hawai‘i Sub-ROP


As of December 2015, 3 Management Priority issues have been funded.

Agency: Office of Planning,Coastal Zone Management Program

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Increase in number of Management Priority issues that receive state funding and where needed, legislative attention


As of December 2015, 3 Management Priority issues have received state funding and or legislative attention.

Agency: Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program

Image: (Above) Getty Images, (Below) Department of Hawaiian Homelands


Title Image: OP-CZM