July 1, 2015 - Located near Kailua on the windward side of Oahu, Kawai Nui Marsh is the largest fresh water marsh in the Hawaiian Islands. Serving as an important flood control basin, a levee was constructed to enhance its flood storage capacity. While the flood control levee protects the residents during floods, it has cut off the natural flow of water from Kawai Nui Marsh to Kawai Nui Stream, creating an area of stagnant water.
June 25, 2015 - Natural disasters are often looked upon as a “wake up call,” presenting an opportunity to reverse or mitigate the immediate aftermath of these events in the future. The ability to recognize the scope and severity of an emergency accurately and quickly, and allocate or acquire limited resources is essential for the safety and health of the citizens impacted.
June 18, 2015 - What is Design Thinking? Design Thinking is a human centered methodology used for creative problem solving. Developed and practiced at Stanford University, including the Graduate School of Business, the innovative process can be used to inform one's own business practice, or taught as a framework to solve complex problems within an organization. Interested in gaining hands-on experience and learning how to effectively apply the design thinking process to your organization?
June 5, 2015 - Are you ready for hurricane season? Although experts are expecting this year’s hurricane season may be among the slowest on record, these predictions are no reason to let down your guard. Forecasts can be incorrect and a single, strong hurricane can still cause major harm and damage.
May 29, 2015 - If you’ve ever watched young children playing, you know what uninhibited creativity looks like. Toddlers will skip down the grocery store aisles and sing loudly at the top of their lungs without worrying about whether or not they will fall or be off-key. But somewhere along the way, many lose their confidence and will hold themselves back, fearing that they must know the answer in order to start and forgetting that failing is part of the learning process. That’s where the process of design thinking comes into play.