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Action Planning Process

Process Results & Overview

NEW: Kīlauea Eruption Recovery - Phase 1 Planning Process Results

Purpose | Identify Priority Recovery Goals
  • We asked the question: "What changes and impacts from the Kīlauea eruption have you seen and/or experienced that have changed and/or affected the Puna CDP Goals?"
Reach | 1,000+ Community Members
  • We engaged community members between December 2018 - May 2019 through community-based non-profit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, employers, farmer's markets, and resident-organized talk story events.
Outcomes | High-Level Priority Recovery Goals
  • The high-level goal areas below were affirmed by the community and unanimously recommended as priority recovery goals by the Puna CDP Action Committee on May 21, 2019 with the following motion:

    The Puna CDP Action Committee affirms the PCDP priority goals - Village Town Centers, Infrastructure, Natural & Cultural Resource Management, and Health & Well-Being - that are consistent with its February 8, 2017 letter to the Planning Director and recommends these goals as priority recovery goals for the Kīlauea Eruption Recovery planning process.


 Residential & Economic Development  Livable Spaces  Putting 'Āina First  Resilient Health
Create Village Town Centers that provide residents with greater access to goods, services, educational resources, and economic opportunities in a thoughtful and sustainable manner, including options for marketing locally-produced products. Develop essential infrastructure to provide livable spaces, including increased road connectivity to provide alternative routes for emergency situations and managed traffic flow and increased internet connectivity to encourage employment, educational, and economic opportunities for residents. Preserve native ecosystems, maintain pono uses of natural resources, and protect increasingly threatened forests Promote the development of medical facilities and services, social services and programs, and family economic self-sufficiency services and programs to increase the mental, physical, emotional, and economic health and well-being of communities and families


Planning Process Overview

The below graphic visualizes the ongoing process through which the County and its community partners identify and implement immediate, medium-, and long-term recovery actions.

The process is comprised of the following 3 phases:

  1. Priorities: addressing near-term needs while prioritizing goals
  2. Opportunities: identifying long-term possibilities
  3. Strategies: defining how to accomplish prioritized goals while optimizing opportunities

The output of these 3 phases will be an Action Framework to guide long-term recovery implementation. 



  1. Action on Near and Short-Term Opportunities
    • Prioritizing Our Goals
      • Quarter 4, 2018
    • Learning About Our Opportunities and Needs
      • Quarter 1, 2019
      • Quarter 2, 2019
      • Quarter 3, 2019
    • Vetting Our Scenarios and Strategies
      • Quarter 4, 2019
  2. Action on Long-Term Opportunities
    • Action Framework for Recovery & Resilience
      • 2020

Recovery Support Functions

  • Community Planning and Capacity Building (not pictured) 
  • Health and Social Services
  • Housing
  • Economic
  • Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Infrastructure Systems

Prioritizing Our Goals

Quarter 4, 2018

Community Input (Prioritizing Our Goals)

  • What changes and impacts from the Kīlauea eruption have you seen and/or experienced that affect the Puna CDP Goals?
  • How do we heal as a community?


  • Input via Talk Story Sessions and Surveys

Learning About Our Opportunities and Needs

Quarter 1, 2019

Technical Input

  • Outstanding Housing Needs Count; Volcanic Risk Assessment

Key Decision Point

  • Puna Action Committee - Recommendation on Goals Prioritization

Technical Input

  • Economic Impact Assessment; Fiscal Impact Assessment

Quarter 2, 2019

Community Learning and Input (Understanding Our Recovery Opportunities and Needs, Clarifying Our Objectives)

  • What are our outstanding household needs (micro) and community-wide impacts (macro)
  • What are our permanent housing needs and options?
  • What and where are our economic opportunities by sector? What's appropriate for our community and ʻāina?
  • How do we protect and preserve our natural and cultural resources?
  • What are our risks and fiscal impacts? What infrastructure do we need to support our recovery efforts?


Learning and Input via Talk Story Sessions, Workshops, Forums, and Surveys

Quarter 3, 2019

Key Decision Point

  • Puna Action Committee - Identifies and Recommends Prioritization of Objectives;
  • Objectives Inform Mayor, Recovery Manager, CD Administrator, Planning Director

Vetting Our Scenarios and Strategies

Quarter 4, 2019

Community Analysis & Input (Assessing Our Strategies, Understanding the Trade-offs)

  • Policy Changes
  • Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Projects
  • Actions at the Community, County, State, and/or Federal levels


  • Analysis & Input via Talk Story Sessions and Interactive Scenario Planning Activities

Key Decision Point

  • Decision-makers adopt & implement recovery strategies through General Plan update, CDP implementation and updates, Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update, Community Driven Action, among others.
  • Mayor, County Council, County Departments
  • Puna Action Committee
  • Families, Business, Communities


Outcomes for Actions Moving Forward

  • Meeting the needs of the households.
  • Everyone's permanent housing need is met.
  • Business, employers, and employees have rebounded.
  • Valued natural and cultural resources identified, protected, and preserved.
  • Infrastructure has been developed that addresses community needs.


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