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DLNR Media Advisory-Second Hawaii Climate Change Conference Set for Jan. 13 & 14, 2020

Posted on Jan 7, 2020 in Latest Department News

Hā o ke kai 2020 aims to explore communication in furthering climate action

Hā o ke kai literally means the breath of the sea, and more poetically, that we are one with the ocean, and go where it takes us—in this case, towards pioneering a response to climate change challenges that lie before us in Hawai‘i.  This conference addresses what it will take to make Hawai‘i “climate ready” and the role of the State, its Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, and its many partners. Climate change communication can be a bottleneck for climate change action.  Monday will feature New York Times Best Selling author David Wallace-Wells as keynote speaker and a response panel of local leaders including an artist, a youth activist, and a scientist. Two panels will highlight the “climate ready” work being done in Hawai‘i and bring lessons from California, North Carolina, Delaware, and Washington. Tuesday will feature “lightning talks” by researchers working on cutting edge climate change issues, and the afternoon includes workshops led by media and science professionals to help organizations fine-tune climate change messages. Media coverage is invited and encouraged.



2020 Hawai‘i Climate Conference


January 13-14, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


East-West Center, Imin Conference Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu


Complete program and speaker list:

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager


[email protected]