Join thousands of Hawaiʻi community members, businesses, and organizations as we engage in a 4-step process of taking action to bring to life a resilient economy through our core value of ʻāina aloha—a deep and abiding love for Hawaiʻi’s communities and natural environments.
Set an Action Agenda
The Huliau Action Agenda offers concrete goals to rebuild our economy in keeping with the principles in the Declaration. Community members like you were encouraged to review and suggest changes to it. Hundreds of suggestions were implemented and a new community version is now available.
* We are here
Do you have a proposal? Check out the AAEF self-assessment tool. This tool can be used to guide the strategic focuses of organizations and enterprises, guide private-sector funders to develop RFPs and assess proposals, and guide policy makers in developing laws, funding programs, and prioritizing efforts towards an ‘Āina Aloha future. Submit a proposal sketch and participate in the online sessions.
Build coalitions with other entities advancing similar proposals, provide the rubric to decision makers, businesses, organizations, and community members, and together take action to achieve the changes in an economic future grounded in ʻĀina Aloha.
Building Momentum (7/8/20 Update)
Engage in the online sessions
Watch the orientation session that shares the nuts and bolts information regarding the synchronous online breakout sessions and the asynchronous tools that will be utilized in Step 3 of this 4-step process. Participate and engage in the online breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will include: Meeting Immediate Basic Needs, Sustainable & Resilient Food Systems, Affordable & Sustainable Housing, Creating Circular Economies, Environmental Resilience, Restoration & Management, Regenerative Tourism, Creative & Performing Arts, Tech Industry & Infrastructure, Small Business, Economic Development, Re-thinking Education, Climate Resilience, & Energy, Health & Wellness, Community & Participatory-based Governance. For more information and updates as they become available, click here.
Encourage organizations, businesses, and policy makers to adopt the AAEF assessment tool
The AAEF self-assessment tool, borne of the declaration, action agenda, and comments from over 200 community members, is now available. This tool can be used to guide the strategic focuses of organizations and enterprises, guide private-sector funders to develop RFPs and assess proposals, and guide policy makers in developing laws, funding programs, and prioritizing efforts towards an ‘Āina Aloha future.
Adding more mana to the initiative
With each person who adds their name to the body of community supporters, the initiative grows. If you already signed on in support of the ʻĀina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, you do not need to resubmit your name. (Or if you no longer support the initiative, you can opt out at any time).
On June 20th, 2020, the AAEF website will display an updated list of supporters.
If you want to encourage ʻohana, friends, and colleagues to sign on, please share this initiative with them so they can join in.
Signs of growing momentum
Two large institutions, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, signed on to support the ideas and approaches of the ‘Āina Aloha Economic Futures in the past week. As pivotal organizations in Hawaii's economy, both institutions could play a huge role in moving us closer to an ʻĀina Aloha future.
In early June, the Hawai‘i State House Select Committee on Covid-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness requested to be briefed about the AAEF initiative (AAEF portion starts at 53:40).
After the briefing, two of the 14 authors of the ‘Āina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, Joseph W. Lapilio III and Nā‘ālehu Anthony, were invited to join the Committee in their capacity as AAEF supporters, a sign that this initiative is gaining momentum. They accepted the invitation.
Additionally, multiple local and U.S. media outlets have spotlighted AAEF as a promising community-driven initiative to keep an eye on.
Over a two week period in May, community members provided hundreds of comments and suggestions, most of which have been incorporated into a new draft of the Huliau Action Agenda. Community members that identified an interest in editing it further refined it over the following week as Step 2 wound down.
The Huliau Action Agenda cascades from the AAEF Declaration principles and offers a high-level framework that will guide Step 3, which will involve the development of a rubric (a decision making tool that policy makers, businesses, organizations, and community members can use in resourcing and planning for Hawai‘i's economic future) and specific proposals. Step 3 will begin in mid to late June.
Mahalo nui loa for your continued engagement as we aim for a healthier, more cohesive, and sustainable Hawaiʻi guided by ʻŌiwi insights, innovation, and community values. Together we stand committed to engaging the urgent work needed to bring our ‘āina aloha vision to fruition.