The State of Hawaii, Office of Planning, gathers, analyzes, and provides information to the Governor to assist in the overall analysis and formulation of state policies and strategies.

The purpose of the Office is to (1) provide central direction and cohesion in the allocation of resources and effectuation of state activities and programs, and (2) effectively address current or emerging issues and opportunities.

The Office works closely with local, state, and federal government agencies; the University of Hawaii; and various community stakeholders to achieve these objectives.

The Office is divided into the Land Use Division and Planning Division. The Planning Division includes the Coastal Zone Management Program, Special Plans Branch, and the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program.

The Office is guided by two statewide planning documents (1) the Hawaii State Planning Act, which is a broad policy document that sets the table for all activities, programs, and decisions made by local and state agencies; and (2) Engineering Hawaii’s Future, which outlines the Administration’s priorities.

Current projects and initiatives are focused on implementing the Office’s mandates in relation to priorities that are laid out in Engineering Hawaii’s Future, including  planning for the impacts of climate change (Adapting to Climate Change); ensuring the sustainable and economic use of our ocean and coastal resources through partnership development with all sectors, including the community (Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan) and leadership roles in the Pacific (Pacific Regional Ocean Partnership and Pacific Regional Planning Body);  supporting better scientific and cultural knowledge to better manage our natural resources for current and future generations (National Estuarine Research Reserve System); decreasing Hawaii’s dependence on imported food (Food Self-Sufficiency Strategy); and coordinating the State’s participation in Transit-Oriented Development for uses such as affordable housing, educational facilities, and state services.

Statewide Information Sessions for the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan UpdatePosted in News and Announcements
September 25 – October 28, 2020 Office of Planning For Immediate Release: September 18, 2020   HONOLULU—The State of Hawaiʻi Office of Planning (OP) Statewide Sustainability Program is pleased to announce a series of virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions to inform everyone about the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan (the Plan). The Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan […]
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Statewide Sustainability Program EstablishedPosted in News and Announcements
Mahalo to the Hawai‘i State Legislature for passing and to Governor Ige for enacting ACT 45, Session Laws of Hawai‘i 2020. Among other modernizations to the State’s Office of Planning included in this law, this law formally establishes the State of Hawai’i’s first Statewide Sustainability Program to assist the State of Hawai‘i coordinate Hawai‘i’s many […]
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Carbon Offset Program Feasibility Report ReleasedPosted in News and Announcements
The report on the Feasibility And Implications Of Establishing a Carbon Offset Program for the State of Hawaiʻi was released, pursuant to Act 16, Session Laws of Hawaiʻi 2018 to investigate the feasibility for the Hawaiʻi state government to foster additional greenhouse gas reductions through carbon offset credits. The report provides an overview of greenhouse […]
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State Recognized for Advances Made with GIS ProgramPosted in News and Announcements
The Office of Planning’s Hawaii Statewide Geographic Information System (GIS) Program received a Special Achievement in GIS award at the 2019 Esri User Conference in San Diego! Hawaii’s GIS Program, which works in partnership with the State Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), was recognized in particular for its Open Geospatial Data Portal (, use […]
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Managed Retreat Report ReleasedPosted in News and Announcements
The report Assessing The Feasibility And Implications Of Managed Retreat Strategies For Vulnerable Coastal Areas In Hawaiʻi was commissioned by the Ocean Resources Management Plan Action Team to assess the feasibility and implications of implementing managed retreat strategies. The report examines managed retreat programs that have been successfully implemented in post-catastrophic events and from chronic […]
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GIS Program

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Land Use Division

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Special Plans Branch

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