Highlights from the Community Kickoff and Next Steps

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The County of Hawai‘i’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.