PBR HAWAII, at the request of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), initiated the Anahola Town Center Planning process to bring together a diverse group of community stakeholders including community members and decision makers in a charrette. The charrette was used to make informed and action driven development decisions. Through this planning process, the stakeholders created a physical plan. Synergistic relationships were identified showing how community, culture, education, and commerce can address the community’s needs and desires while optimizing the opportunities of a growing diverse community.
DHHL’s commitment to providing Anahola with the opportunity for self-determination in developing its future prompted DHHL to allocate land in Anahola for a Town Center. Use of the charrette planning methodology inspired both pride and a sense of ownership in a planned town center created for and by the residents of Anahola.
The result of the effort was the creation of a preferred plan designed by the community and the development of a grass-roots Community Management Team. In addition, a storybook was created for DHHL and the Community’s use, as a move toward making the town center a reality.
2010 American Planning Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, Community-Based Planning Award