State Hazard Mitigation Forum

Hazard mitigation is a shared responsibility between state agencies; county governments; private companies; and non-governmental groups and organizations, including local residents.

The State of Hawai‘i formed the State Hazard Mitigation Forum in 1998 with representatives from a broad spectrum of state and county agencies and the non-governmental sector. Voting Members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed, while Ex Officio Members are non-voting. The Forum serves as an advisory body to HI-EMA through these primary functions:

  • Coordinate hazard mitigation activities in the State
  • Recommend and prioritize project nominations for the BRIC and HMGP grant programs
  • Conduct a statewide public awareness campaign
  • Assist in obtaining funds for mitigation projects
  • Develop a hazard mitigation strategy for the State

Voting MemberAffiliation
Danielle BassSustainability Coordinator, State Office of Planning
Jim BuikaCoastal Resource Planner, Maui County Department of Planning
Pao-Shin ChuState Climatologist, University of Hawaii, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
Jimmie CollinsSenior Planner, Hawaii Office of Homeland Security
Chris CunninghamHazard Mitigation & Long-Term Disaster Recovery Program Manager, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency
Diana FeltonState Toxicologist, Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response
Douglas HaighKauai County Building Superintendent, Department of Public Works
Eduardo ManglallanLegislative Aide, City and County of Honolulu Council Support Services
Bethany MorrisonLong Range Planner, Hawaii County Long Range Planning Division
Raelynn NakabayahiExecutive Support Office, Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Tara OwensExtension Agent, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program
Barry PerriattAdministrative Officer, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency
Genevieve SullivanPlanner IV, State Department of Transportation, Highways Division
April SuprenantActing Deputy Director, Hawaii County Planning Department
Yusraa TadjProject Analyst, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Michael WalkerState Protection Forester, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Mark WantResilience & Energy Assurance Program Manager, Hawaii State Energy Office


Ex Officio MemberAffiliation
Gina AlbaneseMaui Emergency Management Agency
Herman AndayaMaui Emergency Management Agency
Robert BotelerTidal Basin Consulting
David KennardKauai Emergency Management Agency
Ernest LauHonolulu Board of Water Supply
Douglas LeHawaii County Planning Department, Kilauea Recovery
David LopezHawaii Emergency Management Agency, Executive Officer
Talmadge MagnoHawaii County Civil Defense, Administrator
Edwin MatsudaDepartment of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division
Luke MeyersHawaii Emergency Management Agency, Administrator
Justine NihipaliOffice of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program
Ann Ogata-DealOffice of Planning, Former Deputy Attorney General
Chelsie SakaiKauai Emergency Management Agency
Alexandra SlousHawaii Emergency Management Agency
Hirokazu ToiyaCity & County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Management, Director
Carol Tyau-BeamNational Flood Insurance Program Coordinator
Elton UshioKauai Emergency Management Agency, Administrator
Jose ValenzuelaTidal Basin Consulting
Jennifer WalterHonolulu County Department of Emergency Management