Environmental Planning Office

The Environmental Planning Office (EPO) assists the Deputy Director of Environmental Health with the coordination of cross-program directives, and provides the public with data on the results of Environmental Health Administration (EHA) actions.

Our interdisciplinary, environmental health programs are enumerated below.  To learn more about the Office, visit our About page.  If you have any inquiries or comments, please contact us.


EPO Programs and Activities

Strategic Planning and Coordination

EPO assists with the development of the Environmental Health Administration (EHA) strategic plan, and its communication, coordination, and implementation.  EPO’s purview also includes internal planning documents that shape the strategic plan, including EPA grant work plans.

Land Use Planning and Review

EPO reviews and communicates DOH evaluations of proposed developments in Hawaii, focusing on large projects that can substantially affect environmental health. Downloadable standard comments are available to assist applicants in preparing environmental impact statements and assessments.

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Environmental Health Management Report

Consistent with the State Strategic Plan and the DOH Strategic Plan, the EPO compiles the ‘Environmental Health Management (EHM) Report’ annually. This comprehensive report covers a wide array of environmental goals, strategies and monitoring metrics. The EHM Report also describes the structure and duties of DOH Environmental Health Administration and its constituent branches and offices.

Environmental Indicators

EPO gathers data from the various DOH Environmental Health branches and offices. Our environmental indicators summarize DOH’s environmental monitoring and sampling efforts, as consistent with federal standards.

Legislative Affairs

EPO coordinates with all branches and offices under the DOH Environmental Health Administration (EHA) on relevant legislation reviewed. Pertinent measures are analyzed and delegated according to subject matter and jurisdictions, according to existing state laws and statutes.

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Climate Change

Climate change is having broad-reaching effects state-wide and world-wide. Various DOH Programs are taking climate change into account as they move forward with their work. The EPO Office Manager participates in the intergovernmental committee on adaptation to climate change (ICAC) and a task force lead by the Hawaii Public Health Association (HPHA).

Public Affairs

EPO helps disseminate information about DOH-EHA programs and recommendations for the public.

Environmental Justice 

EPO assists DOH in promoting health equity and environmental justice (EJ). As resources allow, EPO facilitates EJ projects.

Environmental Geographic Information System

The EGIS is a computer-based, environmental Geographic Information System used in planning, data analysis, and the creation of maps. This program provides services to DOH-EHA and the EPA. Some EGIS data is incorporated into the State Environmental Health Warehouse (EHW).



Environmental Planning Office
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 312
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4337

Last update: 10/08/2015