Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The Aloha+ Challenge is a shared statewide leadership commitment to build a more secure, sustainable and resilient future for Hawaiʻi by achieving six sustainability targets by 2030, which include: 1. Clean Energy: 70 percent clean energy – 40 percent from renewables and 30 percent from efficiency. 2. Local Food: At least double local food production – 20 to 30 percent of food consumed is grown locally.3. Natural Resource Management: Reverse the trend of natural resource loss mauka to makai by increasing freshwater security, watershed protection, community-based marine management, invasive species control and native species restoration.4. Waste Reduction: Reduce the solid waste stream prior to disposal by 70 percent through source reduction, recycling, bioconversion, and landfill diversion methods.5. Smart Sustainable Communities: Increase livability and resilience in the built environment through planning and implementation at state and county levels.6. Green Workforce & Education: Increase local green jobs and education to implement these targets.

Implementation methodologies

In order to implement the Aloha+ Challenge, the partnership will:• Establish and expand our partnerships between government agencies, non-profit organizations, the private sector and local communities to promote coordinated and integrated action; • Share experiences, tools and techniques among Hawai‘i’s officials, practitioners and community leaders;• Increase long-term financing mechanisms for conservation and sustainability programs essential to reaching our 2030 targets; and • Review and report progress to achieve the Aloha+ Challenge annually to our respective legislative bodies.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The partnership currently uses dynamic multi-sector teams with representatives from islands across the state to share expertise while planning and implementing priority projects. It is working on the design of a statewide sustainability action network to expand engagement and facilitate collaborative action learning in the future.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The partnership is currently governed jointly by:1. Hawaii’s 6 elected Chief Executives (Governor, 4 Mayors & Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair) represented by their appointed Sustainability Coordinators2. Hawaii Green Growth Steering Committee (12 public and private leaders from key agencies and organizations)


Government 1. State of Hawai‘i 2. City & County of Honolulu 3. County of Hawai‘i 4. County of Kaua‘i 5. County of Maui 6. Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture 7. Hawai‘i Department of Health 8. Hawai‘i Department of Labor & Industrial Relations 9. Hawai‘i Department of Land & Natural Resources 10. Hawai‘i Environmental Council 11. Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (HISC) 12. Hawai‘i Office of Planning (OP) 13. Hawai‘i State Legislature 14. NOAA Pacific Services Center 15. NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) 16. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) 17. State Energy Office 18. University of Hawai‘i (UH) 19. UH Sea Grant 20. US Department of State 21. US National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Non-Government & Community Organizations 22. Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) - Coordinator 23. Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaiʻi 24. Blue Planet Foundation 25. Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species 26. Enterprise Honolulu 27. Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) 28. Harold K.L. Castle Foundation 29. Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation 30. Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance 31. Hawai‘i Community Foundation 32. Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum 33. Hawai‘i Presidential Center 34. Hawai‘i Fish Trust, Conservation International 35. Kamehameha Schools 36. Kanu Hawai‘i 37. Kaua‘i Action & Planning Alliance 38. Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation 39. Kupu Hawai‘i 40. Mālama Hawai‘i 41. Mālama Learning Center 42. Mālama Maunalua 43. National Tropical Botanical Garden 44. Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative 45. Polynesian Voyaging Society 46. Sierra Club Hawai‘i 47. Slow Food Hawai’i 48. Sustain Hawai’i 49. Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development 50. The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i 51. World Conservation Congress 2016 - Hawai’i Committee Business 52. Accord 3.0 Consultants 53. Hawaiian Electric Company 54. Kyo-ya/Starwood Hotels 55. Sustainability Partners, Inc. 56. Susty Pacific, LLC 57. Town Restaurant 58. Pineapple Tweed Public Relations & Marketing
1. Hawaii Statewide Sustainability Indicators & Dashboard
2. Increased funding for clean energy, local food production & natural resource management
3. Establish Aloha+ Challenge Leaders Council & Action Network for implementation
Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard completed to track progress, provide accountability, and ensure transparency on all six sustainability goals.
Initial mechanisms indentified to increase funding for implementation of six sustainability goals.
Initial project pipeline identified to drive action towards 2030 goals.
National and international partnerships established to share best practices and local models to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda.
4. Achieve all 6 targets statewide
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 2
2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
2.a - Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries
Goal 3
3.d - Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
Goal 4
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Goal 6
6.4 - By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
6.6 - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 7
7.1 - By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services
7.2 - By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 - By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
7.a - By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
Goal 8
8.2 - Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
8.9 - By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
Goal 9
9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
Goal 11
11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 - By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons
11.3 - By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.b - By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels
Goal 12
12.2 - By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
12.7 - Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
12.b - Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products
Goal 13
13.1 - Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
13.a - Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
13.b - Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international,
intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
Goal 14
14.1 - By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
14.2 - By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
14.3 - Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
14.5 - By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Goal 15
15.1 - By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements
15.2 - By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
15.4 - By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development
15.5 - Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
15.8 - By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species
15.9 - By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
15.a - Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems
Goal 17
Finance -
Capacity-Building -
Systemic issues - Policy and Institutional coherence
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.15 - Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development

Multi-stakeholder partnerships
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Financing: currently ca $200K/year for coordination & more than $30 million per year for implementation from State of Hawaii In-kind: currently ca $200K/year for coordination In-kind for implementation from federal, county, private sources (tbd)
Progress reports
  • 2015 (1 July 2016)
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Hawai'i
Date of completion: December 31, 2030
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Audrey Newman ,

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