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Total Population 1,406,299 (coastal states summary - PDF)
Coastal Employment $30 Billion Annual Wages billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Climate and Weather Disasters 10 (Affecting Hawaii 2010 to 2018)* (length of shoreline report - PDF)

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Hawaii.

Funding: Hawaii Coastal Management Program

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Nine percent or 85,404 people, live in the floodplain in Honolulu County, Hawaii.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Hawaii experienced 475.87 square miles of change from 1992 to 2010. The loss of agricultural area made up the largest change.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Hawaii's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Hawaii’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Hawaii’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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