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The County of Hawai'i is Pleased to Present the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan! April, 2018

In April 2018, the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan was approved and signed by Mayor Harry Kim, Director of Public Works Allan G. Simeon, P.E., and Planning Director Michael Yee.

The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan can be found online (link below) or reference copies are available for review at the Hilo Planning Department.

Community Meeting #2 Summary March 21, 2017

On February 15th, 2017, Community Meeting #2 was held for the Downtown Multimodal Master Plan. Nearly 60 community members attended the meeting to learn about the the public review draft, and provide feedback. To view a summary of the meeting, including the community’s feedback and the meeting’s presentation, click here.

County of Hawai'i Planning Department Releases the DHMMP for Public Comment and Announces Community Meeting January 24, 2017

The County of Hawai‘i Planning Department announces the release of the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) Public Review Draft and the kickoff of the public review period, which runs through March 6, 2017.

Written comments may be sent by e-mail to downtownhilo@hawaiicounty.gov, or by mail to the County of Hawaiʻi Planning Department at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720.

A community meeting is planned for February 15, 2017 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Downtown Hilo, 76 Kamehameha Avenue. The event will include open house displays and a presentation on the DHMMP Draft at 5:00 pm. Discussion and input are encouraged.

ABOUT THE DHMMP

The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) has its roots in EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: A Community-Based Vision and Living Action Plan, which set a community-defined and shared vision for Downtown Hilo as a vibrant, sustainable, safe, healthy, and active community. Action item number 6.1 of the EnVision 2025 Plan is: “development of a master plan to include traffic circulation, parking, and pedestrian streetscape.” The County of Hawai'i Planning Department initiated the DHMMP to fulfill this action item and craft a plan that can be implemented to achieve the community’s shared goals.

The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan was developed over a two-year period and refined through more than 15 community events, from focus groups with Downtown users, landowners, and businesses to a community event that included activities and demonstrations of complete streets concepts. Input indicated strong support for making Downtown Hilo more walkable, bike friendly, and vibrant for people of all ages and abilities.

Eight major themes emerged as part of the community outreach process that represented important needs and issues to be addressed through multimodal improvements. These became the DHMMP’s organizing themes:

  • Improve Downtown Hilo’s multimodal environment and connectivity to key destinations;
  • Celebrate and elevate Keawe Street’s identity as Downtown Hilo’s “Main Street”;
  • Improve multimodal connections between Downtown Hilo and the Bayfront;
  • Highlight Kamehameha Avenue as a retail and visitor destination by improving the pedestrian-friendly environment along the building frontage and adjacent mauka-makai streets;
  • Make bicycling attractive and safe, with a more complete bicycle network and supporting facilities;
  • Calm traffic to slow speeds through Downtown and direct through-traffic to alternate routes to achieve a more walkable environment;
  • Incorporate parking and transit solutions that make it easier to “park once and walk” to destinations in Downtown Hilo;
  • Ensure improvements preserve and enhance Downtown Hilo’s character and charm and make it more inviting and safe.

Alternatives and final recommendations for six multimodal transportation components were developed and refined with extensive input from the community and key stakeholders: 1) circulation patterns; 2) pedestrian improvements; 3) bicycle facilities; 4) parking; 5) transit; and 6) streetscape design. The DHMMP includes phasing recommendations for implementing the proposed improvements.

ZIZO 3 Re-Cap: Pedestrian Improvements and Street Design for Downtown Hilo September 27, 2015

The third and final Zoom In Zoom Out session for the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan was held on August 28. Once again it was an excellent turnout, and we thank all of you who came out to share your mana’o.

The discussion focused on Pedestrian Improvements and Street Design for Downtown Hilo

Input was collected from more than 40 attendees on solutions including:

  • Determining streets that could be used as Festival Streets, Shared Streets, Complete Streets and/or two way conversions.
  • Determining appropriate gateway locations.
  • Determining appropriate additions to the trail network.
  • Locating placement of bike facilities including bike shares and bike corrals.
  • Discussion on placement of curb extensions and parklets.
  • Discussion of desired pedestrian features including expansion of covered walkways and a pedestrian bridge.
  • Determining ADA needs to be implemented in street design infrastructure.
  • Determining if green streets and street trees would be good for Hilo.

Here are the materials you need to brush up on what happened:

  • Notes - The notes describe discussion on individual topics and document verbal and written comments received from attendees.
  • Handouts - The handouts show proposals under consideration.

As always, we welcome comments during the process. They can be sent via e-mail to downtownhilo@hawaiicounty.gov.

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be preparing an initial draft of the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan. Once available, it will be made available for public review and comment, and we’ll have another community event.

If you haven’t already, make sure you’re on our mailing list to receive news about the Draft Plan. Sign-up is through the website.

ZIZO 2 Re-cap: Parking and Transit Solutions for Downtown Hilo August 26, 2015

The second of three Zoom In Zoom Out session for the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan was held on August 14, and it was a large and lively crowd! Presentation and discussions focused on Parking and Transit for Downtown Hilo.

Input was collected from more than 40 attendees on solutions including:

  • Making the downtown core more pedestrian oriented, and how that impacts parking locations and choices
  • Establishing a park-once policy by creating the right type and amount of parking
  • Remote parking area with shuttle service for downtown employees and business owners
  • Increasing parking turnover downtown using parking management and enforcement
  • A downtown circulator shuttle that operates within downtown and between key destinations such as UH Hilo and the cruise ship terminal
and more!

Here are the materials you need to brush up on what happened – comments are always welcomed!

  • Notes describe topics and record comments received from attendees.
  • Handouts show proposals under consideration.

We hope to see you at ZIZO 3 THIS FRIDAY August 28 for more discussion! This third and final ZIZO will focus on Pedestrian Improvements and Street Design. We need YOU to come and share your mana’o.

Once again, we’ll be meeting from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street in Hilo.

Here’s what Happened at Zoom In Zoom Out 1: Circulation and Bicycle Improvements August 12, 2015

The first Zoom In Zoom Out session for the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan focused on Circulation and Bicycle Improvements for Downtown Hilo. The DHMMP Technical team facilitated two lively breakout groups, collecting input and ideas on solutions including:

  • Changing downtown streets from one-way to two-way
  • Creating a new connection to Bayfront Highway at Ponahawai Street
  • Connecting Downtown to the Bayfront Trails Master Plan and regional bikeway network and more!

Couldn’t make the first session? Here’s some materials to get you up to speed:

  • Notes describe topics and record comments received from attendees.
  • Handouts show proposals under consideration.

We hope to see you at ZIZO 2 (August 14) and ZIZO 3 (August 28) for more discussion! Check the project website for details.

We Need YOU for the Zoom In Zoom Out Sessions this August! August 6, 2015

YOUR participation is wanted at the second ZOOM IN/ZOOM OUT session for Downtown Hilo!

This one focuses on Parking and Transit Solutions

August 14, 2-5 PM, Aupuni Center Conference Room

Now is the time to get engaged!!! The County and its consultants, together with the community are looking at important changes that could affect your business, property and the way people move around downtown Hilo.

Many of these solutions have been proposed before, but for the first time, we are bringing all ideas together to see how they could bring positive change. We need YOU to be there.

The second of three “Zoom In Zoom Out” (ZIZO) sessions on Friday, August 14 focuses on “Parking and Transit Solutions” for Downtown Hilo, Proposals being explored include:

  • Making the downtown core more pedestrian oriented, and how that impacts parking locations and choices
  • Establishing a park-once policy by creating the right type and amount of parking
  • Remote parking area with shuttle service for downtown employees and business owners
  • Increasing parking turnover downtown using parking management and enforcement
  • A downtown circulator shuttle that operates within downtown and between key destinations such as UH Hilo and the cruise ship terminal

Come Join Us!

Details: Friday, August 14 – 2 to 5 pm – Aupuni Center Conference Room

ZIZO 1 Re-cap

In case you missed the first Zoom In Session on July 20, the discussion focused on “Circulation and Bicycle Facilities” for downtown. The group discussed and provided input on recommendations, including:

  • Converting Downtown streets from one way to two way
  • Adding a connection from Ponahawai Street to Bayfront Highway
  • Providing a safe pedestrian crossing to Kaipalaoa Landing
  • Integrating the downtown ped/bike network with the Bayfront Trails plan
  • Incorporating roundabouts at several intersections downtown
  • Which roads should have dedicated bike lanes, and which can be slowed down so bikes can share the road
  • How regional bike lanes can connect to the downtown area
  • and many more!

See below for a description of the Zoom In Zoom Out sessions and the kinds of topics to be covered at the third and final session on August 28.


ABOUT THE ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT SESSIONS

Following May’s successful community wide event, the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) technical team has been hard at work developing recommendations based on community input. Solutions under consideration deal with circulation, street design, bicycle facilities, pedestrian improvements, transit, and parking, all of which will ultimately come together to create a comprehensive plan for a more walkable, bikeable, vibrant Downtown Hilo.

We invite the community to roll up their sleeves and join the technical team for three “Zoom In, Zoom Out” working sessions, where we’ll “zoom in” to explore the individual solutions currently on the table and then “zoom out” to examine the overall effects on Downtown. This process is critical to identifying what solutions work best for the people who live and spend time in Downtown Hilo. Please join us!

Zoom In Zoom Out Sessions are scheduled for:

  • July 20: Circulation and Bicycle Facilities
  • August 14: Transit and Parking
  • August 28: Pedestrian Improvements and Street Design

All sessions are from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo.

Join us! Zoom In/Zoom Out Sessions on Transportation Solutions for Downtown Hilo July 9, 2015

Following May’s successful community wide event, the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) technical team has been hard at work developing recommendations based on community input. Solutions under consideration deal with circulation, street design, bicycle facilities, pedestrian improvements, transit, and parking, all of which will ultimately come together to create a comprehensive plan for a more walkable, bikeable, vibrant Downtown Hilo.

We invite the community to roll up their sleeves and join the technical team for three “Zoom In, Zoom Out” working sessions, where we’ll “zoom in” to explore the individual solutions currently on the table and then “zoom out” to examine the overall effects on Downtown. This process is critical to identifying what solutions work best for the people who live and spend time in Downtown Hilo. Please join us!

Zoom In Zoom Out Sessions are scheduled for:

  • July 20: Circulation and Bicycle Facilities
  • August 14: Transit and Parking
  • August 28: Street Design and Pedestrian Improvements

All sessions are from 2:00-5:00 PM at the Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo.

Highlights from the Community Kickoff and Next Steps May 9, 2015

The County of Hawaii’s Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) kicked off Saturday May 2, 2015 with a festive community event that spanned two venues and a street festival. More than 100 community members attended technical presentations and talk story sessions at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and toured an open house at Yamada Technologies. Presentations focused on topics that affect mobility and accessibility in Downtown Hilo, such as parking, crosswalks, bicycle issues, and connections to the Bayfront. Community input was gathered through written comments, discussion, and annotations on maps and concept drawings.

The street festival included a keiki bike rodeo by PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaiʻi), a bike giveaway by Hilo Bike Hub, a street yoga class by Yoga Centered, a historic walking tour of Downtown Hilo by Lyman Museum, food by Kona Dogs, a book giveaway by Hilo Public Library, a bicycle tour by the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council, and a parklet demonstration sponsored by KTA and Garden Exchange.

As a follow-on to the community kickoff event, the DHMMP project team, led by SSFM International, will host a series of “Zoom In Zoom Out” working sessions during the summer of 2015. Each three-hour session will be open to the public and will “zoom in” on solutions for a particular area of Downtown Hilo, such as Kino’ole and Keawe Street, or Kamehameha Avenue and Bayfront Highway. Each session will also “zoom out” to examine how proposed changes to a particular area could affect downtown and surrounding areas as a whole. Dates and details for the sessions will be posted on the project website, www.hawaiicountycompletestreets.com. Input from the community meeting and Zoom In Zoom Out sessions will inform the Draft Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan, which is anticipated to be unveiled later this year.

JOIN US May 2nd for the Community Kick-Off Event!! April 14, 2015

The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) celebrates its public kickoff on Saturday, May 2nd, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The event is FREE and all are welcome to come and participate in a wide range of activities designed to educate, collect input, and engage all ages in helping to create a more walkable, bikeable, livable Downtown Hilo! Pick up the full program and topic list at the information tent in front of Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (76 Kamehameha Ave).

MORNING ACTIVITIES (8:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Orientation & Open House @ Yamada Technologies (25 Waianuenue Street)

  • Get oriented with brief presentations followed by Q&A at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM
  • Check out ideas for transit, parking, bike lanes, signage, sidewalks, and more at the open house! Share your comments and ideas through written comments or sketches on our white board tables.

Sit & Share Sessions @ Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, 2nd floor (76 Kamehameha Avenue)

  • Meet the DHMMP Technical Team
  • Hear short presentations on key topics, followed by discussion and idea exchange:
    • Circulation – 8:30 AM
    • Parking and Downtown Shuttle – 9:30 AM
    • Bicycle Issues – 10:30 AM
    • Application Case Studies (Keawe Street, Bayfront Crossings) – 11:30 AM

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Activity Zone and Mobile Tours (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Join us for a fun street fair on Kamehameha Avenue and Wainuenue! Activities are all FREE, and include:

  • Keiki Bike Rodeo by PATH for Ages 9-11: Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai‘i (PATH) sponsors this fun event for 4th and 5th Pre-registration is required, and participants receive FREE bike helmets! Contact Chris Seymour or visit Hilo Bike Hub to register: 808-961-4452). Loaner bikes are available, or bring your own!
  • Historical Walking Tours of Downtown Hilo: Meet in front of Mokupāpapa Discovery Center at 1:00 pm for an hour-long jaunt through downtown Hilo guided by Lyman Museum historical experts Susan and Rob McGovern. Space is limited and it’s first come, first served. Bring water, sunscreen, walking shoes, and umbrellas if rainy.
  • Street Yoga by Yoga Centered: Molly Masaoka of Yoga Centered leads a free, all-levels yoga class right on Kamehameha Avenue from 1-1:45 pm. Wear loose fitting clothing and bring water, sunscreen, and a yoga mat if you have one. If not, loaners will be available. No need pre-register, just show up ready to stretch!
  • Hilo Public Library Pop-up: Hilo Public Library hits the streets! Stop by their station to peruse magazines and books, create a DIY bookmark, and learn about the library’s programs.
  • Parklet Demonstration:See what happens when parking spaces become mini-parks for people to sit, play, eat, and talk story. Come take a breather at our parklet pop-up on Kamehameha Ave.
  • Downtown Hilo Bike Tour: Grab your bike and helmet and join Chris Seymour of the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council and Hilo Bike Hub for a discussion on bike facilities and safety and a two-wheeled spin around downtown. Meet at the parklet pop-up at 1:30 pm; tour will be pau by 2:15 pm. Helmets are required, and this ride is for ages 18 and over. Participants are required to follow all applicable traffic laws and follow recommended safety practices.
  • Hilo Bike Hub Giveaway: One lucky attendee will win a 20″ kids bicycle or receive a $200 gift certificate to Hilo Bike Hub! Check in at the information tent in front of Mokupāpapa for details and to enter.

Multimodal Downtown: Bringing it All Together (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)

Like big picture thinking? This is the must-attend session of the day, where the concepts, ideas, and technical experts come together for a discussion on how collective improvements can effect transformative change and help realize actions of EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025. Come, listen, and share your thoughts!

ABOUT THE DHMMP

The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) has its roots in EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025: A Community-Based Vision and Living Action Plan, which set a community-defined and shared vision for Downtown Hilo as a vibrant, sustainable, safe, healthy, and active community. Action item number 6.1 of the EnVision 2025 Plan is: “development of a master plan to include traffic circulation, parking, and pedestrian streetscape.”

The County of Hawai'i Planning Department initiated the DHMMP to fulfill this action item and craft a plan that can be implemented to achieve the community’s shared goals. The technical team for the project is led by SSFM International, Inc.

For additional information, contact the County Planning Department at downtownhilo@hawaiicounty.gov

Seven Focus Groups Completed for the DHMMP April 1, 2015

Over a three month period from January through March 2015, the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) Project Team conducted seven focus groups to gather feedback on existing conditions in Downtown Hilo and obtain reactions to preliminary concepts. The focus groups were hosted by the County Planning Department with SSFM International, and facilitated by David Tarnas of Marine and Coastal Solutions, Inc. These focus groups included:

  • Event Sponsors (Organizations which sponsor large events that close downtown Hilo streets)
  • Visitor Industry Representatives
  • Advocacy Organizations (Disabled, Elderly, Accessibility, Cycling)
  • Users (Residents and those going to school, church or work downtown or nearby)
  • Downtown Landowners
  • Downtown Businesses
  • Hilo High School Students and Teachers

Focus group participants shared their impressions and day to day experiences of Downtown Hilo, and the feedback collected informed further refinement of initial concepts, which will be further tested and vetted through the community engagement process.



Contact Us

Hawai'i County Planning Department
Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3
Hilo Hawai'i 96720
(808) 961-8288
downtownhilo@hawaiicounty.gov


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