Schedule of Events
9:00 am - 1:30 pm HST | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST 

The event allowed attendees an opportunity to hear from Hawai’i and California executives and share knowledge with panels on: freight partnerships, climate change, tourism, and transit/technology.

Opening Plenary
9:00 am - 9:35 am HST | 12:00 pm - 12:35 pm PST

Dara Wheeler, California Department of Transportation

The California Department of Transportation welcomes you to California and Hawai’i Transportation Symposium.

Overview and Partnership of Hawai’i Transportation System
Speaker: Ed Sniffen, Hawai’i State Department of Transportation

This session will provide an overview of Hawai’i’s Transportation System and why partnerships are so essential to a multimodal system. 

10 Minute Break

Concurrent Sessions: A1 & A2
9:45 am - 11:00 am HST | 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Session A1

Freight Partnerships for Economic Vitality

This session will focus on disaster relief supply chains, the Los Angeles Waterfront Redevelopment Plan, and the fresh flower industry in California.

Topic 1: Hawai'i Freight System
Speaker: Ku'uhaku Park, Matson Navigation

Topic 2:
Disaster Relief Supply Chains
Speaker: Suwan Shen, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Topic 3: LA Waterfront Redevelopment
Speaker: Sue Lai, Port of Los Angeles

Topic 4: Fresh Cut Flowers
Speaker: Camron King, Certified American Growers

Session A2

Tourism Impacts on Infrastructure

This session will cover Lake Tahoe tourism impacts and solutions, Sustainable tourism in California State Parks, and Hawai’i’s new Destination Management Action Plans focusing on redefining tourism and improving infrastructure.

Topic 1: Lake Tahoe Tourism
Speaker: Devin Middlebrook, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Topic 2: California State Parks Systems
Speaker: Alexandra Stehl, California State Parks

Topic 3: Hawai'i Destination Action Plans
Speaker: John De Fries, Hawai’i Tourism Authority

30 Minute Break

Concurrent Sessions: B1 & B2
11:30 am - 12:45 pm HST | 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm PST

Session B1

Emerging Transit Issues and Technology

This session will focus on emerging transit developments, and cybersecurity.

Topic 1: Cal-ITP Program
Speaker: Lilly Shoup, California Department of Transportation 

Topic 2: Microtransit
Speaker: James Drake, Sacramento Regional Transit District

Topic 3: Cybersecurity
Speaker: Gen Tamura
Speaker: Giovanni Williams

Topic 4: Zero Emission Public Transit Vehicle Planning in Honolulu
Speaker: Roger Morton, City and County of Honolulu

Session B2

Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness

This session will focus on climate change, wildfires, sea level rise, floods, and emergency responses from California and Hawai’i.  

Topic 1: System Resilience in Climate Change Events
Speaker: Lisa Worthington, California Department of Transportation
Speaker: Frances Edwards, San José State University
Speaker: Fraser Shilling, University of California, Davis 
Speaker: Karl Kim, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

10 Minute Break

Closing Plenary
12:55 pm - 1:30 pm HST | 3:55 pm - 4:30 pm PST

Panel Discussion

Speaker: Jeanie Ward-Waller, 
California Department of Transportation
Speaker: Lori Pepper, Innovative Mobility Solutions
Speaker: Marlon Flournoy,  California Department of Transportation
Speaker: Amar Cid, California Department of Transportation

The California Department of Transportation will hold a question and answer session about their latest policy initiatives.