Promoting Green Urbanism and Disaster Resilience in the Anthropocene: From Invasive to Community in Kakaako, Oahu

Conference paper
Part of the Eurasian Studies in Business and Economics book series (EBES, volume 6)

Abstract

As the most isolated land mass on earth, the Island of Hawaii has become heavily dependent on imports in the current era of globalization. This paper addresses major challenges facing the island chain of Hawaii including the current housing crisis and the disaster risks posed by climate change and invasive trees. This study assesses the viability of using scavenged albizia to promote green urbanism and disaster resilience in Hawaii. Kaka’ako, a commercial and retail district of Honolulu (situated along the southern shores of the island of O’ahu, Hawaii) is used as a case study. Local and practical solutions including green urbanism and technologic innovations such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) are emphasized. This paper emphasizes local employment and University of Hawaii based technology, thereby minimizing the use of builders from outside the state. Innovative design strategies are herein proposed to overcome this dependency on imports and help the state of Hawaii to achieve long-term resilience and sustainability. Advances in ecological economics and multiple criteria decision analysis yield the following outcomes for the three decision alternatives: Status Quo/Disposal (0.14), Biofuel (0.39) and Manufacturing (0.37).

Keywords

Cost benefit analysis Disaster resilience Green urbanism Multi-criteria analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of Hawaii – West OahuKapoleiUSA
  2. 2.Department of ArchitectureUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Hawaii – West OahuKapoleiUSA

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