Seminars: Session Details

Session B2 (HSW)
A Lei of Parks
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Room 317B
Daniel Alexander
Hawaii Bicycling League
Jason DeMarco
WRNS Studio
Katie Franklin
Townscape, Inc.
Lea Hong
The Trust for Public Land

This presentation will cover: (1) a summary of the history of the Lei of Parks vision gleaned from a Current Conditions Study performed by Townscape, and the opportunities/challenges that emerged, (2) the Lei of Parks Coalition and why The Trust for Public Land has joined it, (3) the importance of multi-modal transportation and the Lei of Parks from the Hawaii Bicycling League's perspective, and (4) design elements of successful trails, parks and public spaces.

Daniel Alexander, AICP, leads Hawaii Bicycling League's advocacy and planning work to make Hawaii more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. He has spent years working on alternative transportation planning and advocacy. He has a master’s degree from UH Manoa’s Urban and Regional Planning Department, where his extra-curriculars included co-founding and coordinating Cycle Manoa. After college, Daniel worked as an alternative transportation planner and project manager for Cape Cod National Seashore and as an urban planner for Hawaii-based planning firm Belt Collins. His work at Hawaii Bicycling League focuses on building community and elected official support, fostering partnerships, and providing technical support to facilitate the adoption of policies and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Jason DeMarco, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, is a project architect at WRNS Studio. He received a master of architecture and a certificate in urban design from the University of Pennsylvania and also studied at the Architectural Association in London. Jason is passionate about social engagement not only in his professional and creative practice, but also in his volunteer work. In a personal effort to minimize environmental impact and maintain a healthy lifestyle, Jason bikes to work every day and often runs to the beach for an open water swim.

Katie Franklin is an environmental planner at Townscape, Inc., an environmental and community-based planning firm in Honolulu. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Hawaii where she received a master of science in natural resources and environmental management and a graduate certificate in planning studies. Recent projects at Townscape include the Primary Urban Center Watershed Management Plan, Kaiaka Bay Watershed Based Plan, Puukua (Waimea Valley) Kuleana Parcel Baseline Documentation, and the South Shore Multi-Use Path Current Conditions Study.

Lea Hong has been the Hawaiian Islands state director of The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization dedicated to conserving land for people, since 2006. She previously chaired the environmental and cultural resource law practice group at the Honolulu law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (now Dentons), and worked for the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund. Lea is a graduate of Rice University and the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, where she serves on the Friends of the Law School and has taught classes on environmental litigation, environmental regulatory compliance and conservation transactions.