Hawaiʻi has received international recognition for its ambitious climate targets and holistic Aloha+ Challenge goals. The Ala Wai Watershed as a key resilience challenge and the AWWC as a collaborative model to solving this challenge have also received global attention. Below are some of the platforms and networks our members use to learn from places around the world, share our success with other communities, and achieve global impact.
The State of Hawaiʻi, the County of Hawaiʻi, and Hawaiʻi Green Growth are a member of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), a global network of island leaders. The Island Resilience Initiative is a collaboration between GLISPA and the UNDP (GEF Small Grants Program) to scale Hawaiʻi’s model of the Aloha+ Challenge, the Hawaiʻi Green Growth public-private network, and the specific resilience challenge of the Ala Wai Watershed to other islands around the world, starting with Palau, Fiji, and the Marshall Islands.
Hawaiʻi’s Aloha+ Challenge has been recognized as a local partner to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United nations in 2015, and the Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration is a model for how to implement holistic solutions locally.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) is a non-profit that seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs. The Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage shared Hawaiʻi’s message of Mālama Honua (taking care of the planet) with cities and communities across the globe, ending its journey in the Ala Wai Watershed in June 2017. In 2018, GLISPA, Hawaiʻi Green Growth and PVS signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue sharing this message.
Waikīkī, located at the base of the Ala Wai Watershed, is a world famous destination, which people visit from countries around the world and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority has been a strong supporter of the Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration from its inception.
Cover photo credit: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals