HDOT – Sustainable Highways

The first comprehensive statewide sustainable landscape master plan is being developed for the Hawaii State Department of Transportation by Ki Concepts and sub-consultant Jones & Jones Landscape Architects from Seattle. Concurrent with ongoing initiatives to take a contextual or “Context Sensitive Solutions” (CSS) approach to highway design and construction, there is an increasing emphasis on engaging a broad set of issues related to environmental and social sustainability in developing and improving highways. The Hawai’i Statewide Highways Sustainable Landscape Master Plan and associated Roadside Design Guide represent a concerted effort to make the state of Hawai’i’s roadways and roadside landscapes more sustainable and contextual. The Master Plan and Design Guide are an expression of traditional Hawaiian values of Pono (resource protection and replenishment), Kuleana (shared responsibility), and Lokahi (human well-being). The documents are intended to make highways, and those who plan and design them, more respectful of the sensitive landscapes and local culture of the Islands.