JOIN US May 2nd for the Community Kick-Off Event!!

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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


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!

Please call Melissa White at (808)628-5861 or if you wish to request an auxiliary aid or other reasonable modification by April 28, 2015, five days prior to the event.


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 Hawaii 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