Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MACZAC), Ke Kahu O Na Kumu Wai

HRS Chapter 205A-3.5 provides that the Office of Planning must maintain a public advisory body to assist it in working toward the implementation of an integrated and comprehensive management system for marine and coastal zone resources, consistent with the objectives and policies of the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Act.

MACZAC  is comprised of twelve advisory members recruited from the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii.  MACZAC members have diverse backgrounds in business, environment, native Hawaiian practices, terrestrial and marine commerce, recreation, research, and tourism.

MACZAC’s mission statement is: “Advocate for a comprehensive management system which restores, preserves and protects Hawaii’s marine and coastal environment.”

Since its founding in 2001, MACZAC has worked on the mapping of coastal parking access and recommendations regarding shoreline certification, commercial boating regulations, harbor facilities, integrated ocean resource management, cultural resources management, coastal water quality, coastal carrying capacity, marine managed areas, regulatory review, legislative advocacy, public education and outreach, as well as many other marine and coastal issues in Hawaii.

MACZAC is currently accepting applications…

Office of Planning Recruitment Notice

Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Section 205A-3.5, establishes a public advisory body for the Office of Planning’s Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program (CZM Program). The Office of Planning is accepting applications from individuals on the islands of Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu to serve on the public advisory board.

The Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MACZAC) is comprised of twelve members based on statewide geographic distribution – islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu – and a balanced representation of interests including: business, environment, practitioners of native Hawaiian culture, terrestrial and marine commerce, recreation, research, and tourism. The Office of Planning director appoints MACZAC members for a staggered term of not more than three years. Appointed members serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.  MACZAC meets four (4) times per year during the workweek and members may serve on working groups that hold meetings on one or several islands by teleconference, video conferencing, or in person.

MACZAC supports the Office of Planning by providing advice regarding marine and coastal zone management planning, coordination, and facilitation of CZM Program functions.  MACZAC shall work toward the implementation of an integrated comprehensive management system for marine and coastal zone resources consistent with the CZM objectives and policies set forth in HRS, Section 205A-2.  In addition, the advisory group shall:

  • Evaluate the CZM Program, including activity of the network agencies, and make recommendations for improvements;
  • Advocate for the CZM Program to the public, and to the executive and legislative branches of government;
  • Advocate, provide for, and act upon citizen input;
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan; and
  • Forecast and address critical, emerging issues and potential problems in coastal and marine resources management.

Click here to view application. The deadline to submit an application for the islands mentioned above is December 31, 2016.  Applications must be received by the Office of Planning before 4:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST) on the specified deadline date.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please submit application to:

Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program
Office of Planning
P.O. Box 2359
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
Attn: Lisa Webster

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lisa Webster of the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of Planning, at (808) 587-2800 on Oahu; Fax (808) 587-2824; e-mail:  Those calling from the neighbor islands may call the following number and request the operator to connect you to the program number stated above. Lanai and Molokai: 1 (800) 468-4644, Maui: (808) 984-2400.

MACZAC – Information and Overview


MACZAC Brochure


Working Groups

White Papers

CZM Interviews and Evaluation Report 2009

Upcoming Meeting Date: January 27, 2017

Agendas and Minutes

Douglas Tom Thumbs-Up Award

Contact Lisa Webster at 808-587-2800 or by E-mail for more information or to receive electronic notification of MACZAC’s meetings.