Hawaii Climate Week 2023

Hawaiʻi Climate Week Agenda:

  • Monday, January 9, 9:00am-5:00pm: Hawaiʻi Climate Action Day (Hawaiʻi State Climate Conference, open registration). Connect with leaders in climate change action in the state. What problems has climate change caused in the state and how are we addressing them? Looking through the lens of natural solutions, we will explore the challenges and solutions of climate change in Hawaiʻi.  

9:00 – 9:30 am – registration  

9:30 – 10:00 am – Opening remarks  

9:40 Welcome

10:00 Keynote

10:15 – 11:00 am – Throwing Shade – investments into cooler, safer, accessible and affordable communities.   

11:00 – 11:15 am – Coffee/Tea break 

11:15– 12:00 am Beach Please- maintaining shorelines through nature-based solutions.

12 – 1:00 pm – lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Youth Climate Action 

2:00 – 2:45 pm Climate in the legislature

2:45 – 3:00 pm Coffee/Tea Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm – Hard knock life- Mapping the Social Vulnerability and Hazards of climate change.   

3:50 – 4:30 pm – Good to the last drop – The role of NWL investments in meeting 2050 climate goals.  

    • Monday, January 9, 5:30-7:30pm: Youth Climate Summit at the UH Law School Auditorium (open registration, preference given to registrants ages 12-26). The first Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Action Summit is open to youth from across Hawaiʻi who are passionate about organizing around and responding to the impacts of climate change on our communities and ecosystems. The summit will focus on identifying key levers for accelerating adaptation actions around topics such as climate justice, Traditional and Indigenous knowledge, and equitable policy. Participants will provide lighting talks around current initiatives and implementation gaps and form networks that can amplify needed actions.


    • Tuesday, January 10, 12:30-5:00pm: Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Science Summit, Day 1 (open registration, hosted by PI-CASC). Join researchers, resource managers, officials, practitioners, and other science-users working on climate change impacts and adaptation for ecosystems and communities in Hawaiʻi and around the Pacific. Learn more about, and participate in discussions on, climate adaptation science for managing changing conditions in three topical themes: drought and wildfire in the Pacific Islands, integrated watershed science, sea-level rise adaptation science. More details here


    • Wednesday, January 11, 9:30-11:00am: Pacific Island Women Leaders at COP27: Outcomes and Ways Forward (open registration, hosted by the the EWCA Affinity Group: Women, Leadership and Sustainability). On 20 November, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which took place in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh, concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalize a loss and damage fund, which Pacific Islands have been critical in advocating for. This discussion will feature an analysis of outcomes with four women from Hawaiʻi who attended the COP. More details here.


    • Wednesday, January 11, 9:00am-2:30pm: Climate Adaptation Planning & Implementation Peer Exchange (invite only, hosted by Pacific RISA).


    • Wednesday, January 11, 12:00-5:00pm: Hawai’i Climate Adaptation Science Summit, Day 2 (open registration, hosted by PI-CASC).  More details here


    • Thursday, January 12, 9:00-5:00pm: 20th Anniversary of the Hawai’i Energy Policy Forum. A key measure of our energy transition success to date has been the State of Hawai‘i’s unique partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, starting with a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Hawaii in 2008. Subsequent critical investments by the Department of Energy to conduct advanced scenario and grid integration analyses, as well as training and technical assistance alliances, have yielded remarkable advances in renewable penetration and energy efficiency in our State. By the end of 2021, our two electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric and Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative, are well on their way to meeting the nation’s first-ever 100% renewable portfolio standard, achieving a renewable penetration of 38% and 69.5%, respectively, in their service territories. Join us, as we chart a bold course to 100% renewable energy in Hawaiʻi.  More details here