Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council

 HIGICC Scholarships!

Undergraduate Scholarship

Graduate Scholarship

Time to reward students for their efforts and education.

 Please pass on the word.

Deadline May 16, 2016, award announcement June 1st, 2016

GIS Day Activities 2015


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HCPO - HIGICC Island Futures Conference

Lots of fun and a Great Conference!

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Thanks to the attendees and sponsors.

HIGICC 2015 Scholarship

Mapuana O'Sullivan

Congratulations, Getting her master's in GIS while working for the DLNR on Kauai.

2015 HIGICC Annual Meeting and Social

June 24th, 2015

Annual Meeting 3PM NOAA Meeting room Pier 38

Pau Hana Social 4PM-7PM Uncles Fish market and Grill Pier 38

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors; Gretchen Chiques, Joan Delos Santos, Christine Chaplin, Jean Fujikawa, Robert O'Conner, Malie Beach-Smith, Asia Addlesberger, Sam Aruch, Isla Young, Craig Clouet, Alexa Jacroux-Biggs(not pictured)


Share your knowledge, expertise and great work with the GIS and Planning communities in Hawaii!

Island Futures, the statewide HCPO-HIGICC conference, will be held on October 14-16, 2015:  Islandfutureshawaii.org.

Contributors are invited to submit papers and abstracts on all topics within the field of Geographic Information Sciences, including (but not limited to):

Coastal & Marine GIS (Coral reefs, fisheries, bathymetry, etc.)

Education GIS (Use of GIS in K-12, secondary, technical, college and university, etc.)

GIS in Emergency Management (Assessment, planning, information sharing)

Environmental / Natural Resources GIS

GIS applications (General GIS applications not in another track)

GIS in Government (Local, State, Country, Federal)

Imagery & Lidar (Acquisition and use of imagery & Lidar)

Mobile GIS (Use and implementation of mobile GIS)

Open Source GIS (Any use or application of open source software in GIS )

GIS in Planning (Use of GIS in urban and regional planning projects and activities)

GIS Standards (Development, integration, metadata)

Utilities GIS (Electric and gas, pipeline, telecommunications, water/wastewater)

Renewable Energy GIS

GIS Web services/applications

GIS Data (Acquisition and distribution, services, applications, user interfaces)

Abstract submissions LINK.  Once accepted, presentations will be assigned to a track.  Specific dates/times of the tracks/presentations will be announced at a future date.  Presenters will be required to register for the conference. The Early Bird cost for the conference (in effect through September 14, 2015) is $300.  You may submit your abstract before registering.

Interested in participating as a vendor or sponsor?  Click Here!

 HIGICC Scholarships!

Undergraduate Scholarship

Graduate Scholarship

Time to reward students for their efforts and education. Please pass on the word.

Deadline May 15, 2015, award announcement June 1st, 2015

Ready for a GIS Conference?

Start thinking about the presentation you want to make.

Have an idea for a workshop or field trip?

Sponsorship & Vendor Opportunities.

January 23,2015 9AM-1PM

UAV Workshop

McCoy Pavilion

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Watch some of the presentations (more to come)

 Ted Ralstron : https://vimeo.com/117647811


Miguel Constrence: https://vimeo.com/117652660

Saturday November 22, 2014

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Oahu's GIS day 2014

NOAA's C-CAP Dataset and it's many uses. Webinar hosted by the HIGICC

Please join the HIGICC webinar presented by NOAA staff. Friday September 19th at 10AM HST

This presentation will provide an overview of NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover data products, the methods used to develop this data, and the current status of C-CAP's land cover update efforts for the state of Hawaii

Nationally standardized land cover and land cover change information for the coastal U.S., including Hawaii, are available from NOAA's Digital Coast website. These data products provide an inventory of intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands. Most of the map products are updated every five years. High resolution land cover data are also available for selected areas, which is particularly helpful for smaller, enclosed geographies such as the Pacific Islands. This presentation will provide an overview of NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover data products, the methods used to develop this data, and the current status of C-CAP's land cover update efforts for the state of Hawaii.  Additionally, some of the various tools and technical assistance available for end users will be discussed.

HIGICC Annual Meeting and Social

Wednesday June 25th, 2014
4:00-7:00 PM
Cafe Julia (YWCA downtown)

2014 HIGICC Board of Directors
Top Row: Dan McNulty-Huffman, Gretchen Chiques, Rich Nezelek, Malie Beach-Smith,
Craig Clouet, Joan Delos Santos

Bottom Row: John Higuchi, Sam Aruch, Jean Fujikawa, Alexa Jacroux-Biggs,
Robert O'Conner (missing: Asia Addlesberger

Vice President Isla Young with Scholarship awardee Chuck Devaney

Hawai'i Island HIGICC Geospatial Expo

Featuring a wide variety of geospatial presentations by local agencies and organizations.

1st Ever Hawai'i Island HIGICC Geospatial Expo -

Hosted by University of Hawai'i at Hilo Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Labs

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Location: University of Hawai'i at Hilo in UCB 100
Hilo, Hawaii

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Maui Esri User Group and HIGICC Geospatial Expo
May 19, 2014, 9 am - 4 pm 

Location: MEDB Malcolm Training Center, 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, Kihei, Hawaii

Esri User Group Agenda

Royce Jones, Esri - Open Data (beta)

Sarah McLane, UHMC - New GIS Certificate Program

Isla Young, Women in Technology - STEM Hawaii Programs

HIGICC Maui Expo Agenda

Sam Aruch, Natural Resource Data Solutions, LLC

Karen Volarich, Ardent MC

John Fitzpatrick, UHMC, STEM Department

Chris Chiesa/Rich Nezelek, Pacific Disaster Center

Joe Breman, IUE

STEMworks, Student Online GIS Projects, King Kekaulike and Maui High School

Joan Delos Santos, Statewide GIS Modernization Project

To RSVP, please contact Isla Young at: isla@medb.org

Hawaii STEM Conference is on May 2-3, 2014

for more information click here


March 14th 9AM - 4PM
Hawaii Convention Center

Including a Data Discovery workshop, presentations, and a
update on the State of Hawaii's GIS program

Aloha Roger Tomlinson

an English geographer and the primary originator of modern computerized geographic information systems, and has been acknowledged as the "father of GIS".


GIS Day & the Traveling Map
November 2013

This GIS Day was celebrated on Maui. It featured GIS professionals and school students and included the National Geographic Huge Traveling Map. Thanks to Maui's Women in Technology for making the arrangements and facilitating the event. The map was shipped throughout the state and went to many schools.

UAV Demonstration
a Hands on demonstration of working UAV at Kawainui Airfield, Kailua, Oahu
October 28, 2013

Many thanks to Aaron Woods, Chuck Devaney, and Iam Bouret

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 Mapping and Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts

 Web presentation; September 17 at 10AM-11AM

The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer is a national product produced by the NOAA Coastal Services Center and hosted on the Digital Coast website. The viewer serves as a helpful teaching and planning tool that lets users visualize potential impacts from sea level rise.

         PRESENTER: Doug Marcy, Coastal Hazard Specialist,  NOAA Coastal Services Center

June 26, 2013
HIGICC Annual Meeting
11:30AM -1:30PM
The meeting will be held in the hearing room on the
2nd floor of the State Office Tower
Leiopapa a Kamehameha Building
room 203
 235 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96814

2013 HLSA Surveying Conference

Hawaii Land Surveyors Association
The 24th HLSA Annual Surveying Conference

Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel
February 7 & 8, 2013


HIGICC & the Women In Technology (WIT) had a great GIS Day

Thursday, November 15th at the Bishop Museum

 National Geographic’s Giant Pacific Traveling map

Western Association of
Map Libraries
45th Anniversary
WAML 2012 Meeting
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
October 30 - November 2, 2012

 Data Discovery Workshop

October 24th, 10AM - 2PM

McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana

Honolulu, Hawaii

Tech Mosaic  -  August 7th

PacIOOS  -   August 14th - recording

The Nature Conservancy  -   August 16th - recording

Pacific Disaster Center  -  August 21st - recording

Hawaii Biodiversity and Mapping  -  August 23rd

Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Labs  -  August 28th - recording

 2012-2013 HIGICC Board

Aloha from the new board.

Members are; Abe Coughlin, Malie Beach-Smith, Craig Clouet, Joan Delos Santos, Isla Young, Sam Aruch, Rich Nezelek. Missing from photo; Christin Reynolds, Dan McNulty-Huffman, Derek Masaki.

2012-2013 Officers; President Craig Clouet, Vice President Isla Young, Treasurer Malie Beach-Smith, Secretary Christin Reynolds

Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship

The Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship Awards are two $1,000 scholarships that recognize deserving students who have demonstrated an appreciation for and understanding of geospatial data and  geographic information systems (GIS). The deadline for applications has passed. The Scholarship Committee is reviewing the applications that were received and will pass on its recommendations to the Board in the next few weeks. This year's criteria can be viewed and downloaded here:

This years awards go to

Kathyrn Massaro (Undergraduate) & Erik Franklin (graduate)


Hawaii Pacific GIS Conference March 5-7, 2012

HIGICC, the Hawaii State GIS Program and the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program jointly sponsored the Hawaii Pacific GIS Conference which was held March 5-7, 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Presentation slides are now available online through slideshare.  Click here to see the available presentations.

Sponsors/Exhibitors helped make our conference possible.  Mahalo! Click here to see who they are.

New versions of Hawaii Island and Oahu were released by the USGS in December 2011. The new versions contain updates to GNIS names and IDs.

The datasets are available for download in geographic coordinates at the National Hydrography Dataset’s Pre-Staged Subregions ftp site:


Reprojected datasets in UTMzone 4N are available from the Hawaii State GIS Program web site (http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/gis). Please contact Malie Beach-Smith (malie.beach-smith [at] doh.hawaii.gov) for assistance in obtaining reprojected datasets in Albers, State Plane, or others, or for comments and questions.

HIGICC is a private non-profit organization of professionals and students from the federal, state, county, education, and private sectors of Hawai'i's GIS community. Our goal is to provide coordination of GIS activities among a wide range of GIS users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state.

HIGICC strives to bring together and continue to build the geographic community into a cohesive, recognized coordinating body that facilitates the use, development, sharing, and management of geographic data and communicates the value of geographic
information to citizens and decision-makers. In the State of Hawaii, GIS is recognized and effectively used as an invaluable tool by the government, business and the citizens for understanding and managing our aina (environment). The Hawaii GICC is a shared mechanism for the diverse community to identify, explore, and solve problems using geospatial technology and information.

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