Sustainable Molokai Press Release
If you care about using our coastal roads, surfing, eating kole, ʻoio, limu, and going to Kaunakakai’s grocery stores, sea level rise affects you!
Hawaii’s sea level is expected to rise about 4.07 feet before the end of 2100 if we continue to operate as normal. Large parts of the city of Kaunakakai will be inundated with seawater, including major infrastructure. Sus’ainable Molokai is leading the planning process to ensure our community is ready to adapt to this change already underway and underway.
Thanks to Maui County funding backed by board member Rawlins-Fernandez, Molokai is the first island in the county to have the opportunity to develop a community plan to prepare for the effects of climate change – adaptation to climate change and to Molokai Sea Level Rise and Resilience Master Plan.
Hele May at the walk-thru, COVID-friendly, workshop in your moku to see Molokai maps forecasting areas that will be flooded by rising seas! Share the areas that you think should be Molokai’s top priorities for adapting to climate change. We need your mana’o on the infrastructure and projects the county needs to prioritize.
The first moku workshop will be held in Maunaloa on November 9 in the park opposite the Molokai Ranch office. The Mana’e event will take place on November 16, Ho’olehua and Kualapu’u on November 18, and the Kaunakakai workshop on November 22, with all workshops from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. location information, and to register and participate to win. Dinner will be offered.
Sea level rise (SLR) is a consequence of global warming and an example of climate change. Human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, releases greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming. Since 1880, human activity has increased the global temperature by about 1 ??. High temperatures cause seawater to expand and melt glaciers and ice caps. Rising ocean temperatures cause corals to bleach, causing parts of the reef to die. This impacts our marine ecosystem and the fish we all love to eat and weakens the integrity of our reefs as barriers to heavy flooding.
Based on current models, sea level in Hawaii is expected to rise 1.4 feet by 2050. SLR will result in land loss, more severe / frequent coastal flooding, and increased beach erosion. Iwi kupuna buried along the coastline is at risk of exposure. Some of our critical infrastructure, services and commercial buildings will be underwater. With SLR comes the intrusion of salt water into groundwater, old sumps and low elevation farming systems. Loko iʻa, including the restored fish pond walls, will be underwater.
Whether it’s enjoying the surf or refueling, rising sea levels will affect us all, especially our keiki and moʻopuna who will inherit this future from us. However, how we choose to adapt to these changes is up to us! More information can be found at durablemolokai.org.