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The Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is a private non-profit organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state. 

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 Donations can be directed towards the Mark Lierman Scholarship, GIS Day activities, or the HIGICC general fund.

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News & Announcements

  • 15 Aug 2019 1:21 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    HONOLULU – The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2018 edition of the “State of Hawaii Data Book.”

    The book is in electronic form and is available on the DBEDT website at: dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook/. The data may be downloaded in whole or in part as either PDF or Excel files.   

    The Hawaii State Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawaii in a single compilation. Classified into 24 sections with more than 800 data tables, it covers a broad range of information in areas such as population, education, environment, economics, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism, and transportation.

    “The Data Book is valuable for anyone who wants to open a business in Hawaii or just wants to know general information about the state,” said DBEDT Director Mike McCartney. “DBEDT researchers have been collecting and compiling the data more than 50 years. The information in the book will help us understand where we came from, identify and track trends and assist us in planning for the future.”

    “We update the data book year-round when data becomes available then compile the information around mid-August every year.  Due to the size limit of the book, we did not include all the available historical data in many of the tables.  For those who are interested in historical time-series data in the book, we have extracted and extended those tables with historical data and put them in a separate product called the Data Book Time Series, which can be found on the DBEDT website.  Location of the website is provided at the end of this press release,” said State Economist Dr. Eugene Tian. 

    Interesting data in this newest edition:

    ·          In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service delivered 527 million pieces of mail in Hawaii, 10 million pieces or 1.9 percent less than it delivered in 2017. (Table 16.05)

    ·          According to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 30,593 acres of forest and brushland were burned by 13 fires in 2018. (Table 20.03)

    ·          In 2018, 6.9 percent of the employed in Hawaii were multiple jobholders, showing an increase from 6.5 percent in 2017.  By comparison, 5.0 percent of the employed in the United States were multiple jobholders in 2018. Hawaii’s rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, where one is the highest percentage of multiple jobholders, rose from 14 in 2017 to 10 in 2018.  (Table 12.24)

    ·          Since the SAT was redesigned in 2016, Hawaii’s average scores have been higher than U.S. averages.  In 2018, the average SAT score in Hawaii was 1099 (out of 1600).  The average SAT score for the U.S. was 1067. (Table 3.21)

    ·          In March 2018, education, as a share of state & local employment (full-time and part-time), measured at 56.1 percent while its share of total payroll was 47.4 percent. Counting state government only, education was 71.1 percent of total state government employment and 63.7 percent of state government payroll. (Table 9.64)

    ·          The median age for Hawaii’s residents was 39.2 in July 2018.  There were 66 dependent people (defined as persons under 18 years and persons 65 years and over) for every 100 working-age people (defined as persons between the ages of 18 and 64 years old). (Table 1.30)

    DBEDT’s Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the time series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year. The time series and the update can also be found on the DBEDT website at http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/databook/.

  • 14 Aug 2019 4:33 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Thank you MAGIS for holding this great event!

    Photo Credit: Gwen Sinclair

  • 20 Jul 2019 8:30 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Hawaii Land Surveyors Association is offering a workshop for Hawaii Description Writing  at the Impact Hub Hawaii.  Please RSVP to hlsa-hawaii@outlook.com by July 13.

  • 08 May 2019 8:50 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    The Hawaii Coastal Zone Management program (CZM) has initiated a project to generate high-resolution Tsunami Design Zone (TDZ) maps for the Island of O'ahu. Mapping products have been generated for Honolulu Urban Core and Haleiwa. An informational meeting is to be held on Friday, May 17, from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon in Building 303 in Diamond Head Crater.  Please RSVP to  ianrob@gmail.com if you plan to attend.  

    Additional details available here: Oahu Tsunami Mapping Informational Meeting.pdf

    There is also a webinar available.  To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphonehttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/611369629

    You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (786) 535-3211 Access Code: 611-369-629 

  • 22 Apr 2019 11:57 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Are you a student using geospatial technologies to further your studies? HIGICC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 Mark Lierman Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a current college student who has demonstrated an appreciation for and understanding of geospatial data and GIS. The applicant must be enrolled at an accredited college or university and either be attending in Hawaii or have graduated from a high school in Hawaii.

    Last year’s recipient, Eszter Collier, a graduate student at UH Hilo, applied her scholarship to her research in mapping biological soil crusts with very high resolution imagery.

    The scholarship application deadline is June 14, 2019. Visit the HIGICC website at www.higicc.org/awards for more information!

  • 03 Aug 2018 6:33 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    King Tide Photo Surveys next week!
    Aug. 9th and 10th, 2018
    New and improved photo submission platform!

    King Tide Photo Surveys are next week!

    Join our amazing team of citizen scientists in the Hawai’i and Pacific Islands King Tides Project and help us document the impacts of King Tides (the highest high tides of the year). These elevated water levels provide a glimpse into the future of what our shorelines may look like on a more regular basis with rising sea levels.

    Visit the project website, www.PacificIslandsKingTides.org, for peak high tide times at locations across the Hawaiian Islands (Aug. 9th and 10th, 2018). 

    We are 
    excited to announce the launch of our new more used friendly photo submission platform! This platform developed in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) allows for faster and more streamlined submission of King Tides photos and observations.

    Thank you for your participation! Your photographs are a valuable resource for helping scientists and decision makers better understand and prepare for sea-level rise.

    Last year with your help our free and publicly accessible database reached a total of 2,400 photos. Help us reach our goal of 3,000 photos this summer!

    Contact: KingTide@hawaii.edu

  • 24 May 2018 7:31 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    You're invited to join us at the HIGICC O'ahu Geospatial Expo at the Hawaii State Capitol.  There will be presentations from local, county, state and federal GIS professionals.

    The Expo starts at 8:45AM and goes to 3PM.  Event is free! Attendees can go downtown and enjoy a wide variety of lunch options.

  • 16 May 2018 2:25 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    For those who attended the recent US Census presentation

    "Taming the census TIGER"

    here are links to the presentation and supporting documents.

    Presentation Link:

    American Fact Finder:

    SBE Flyer:

    Local Employment Dynamics:

    Thanks to the Census Data Specialist Eric Coyle. His expertise and presentation skills were greatly appreciated.

  • 27 Apr 2018 12:44 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Aloha, time for the 2018 Higher Education Scholarship. The HIGICC is glad to offer the $1,000 scholarship to a deserving college or university student doing studies or projects here in Hawaii. Please forward this announcement and application on to students and teachers.

    Scholarship Application:

  • 13 Feb 2018 3:01 PM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    Women In Technology STEMworks™ is pleased to announce the 2018 Hawaii STEM Conference on April 10-11, 2018 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu, Hawaii. This two-day regional technology conference serves 1000 middle and high school students and 300 teachers. The students are part of our STEMworks™ labs that are located in twenty-nine schools across the state of Hawaii.  The Hawaii STEM Conference provides our STEMworks™ students the opportunity to showcase their service-learning STEM projects, network with other students and industry professionals, compete in competitions, attend hands-on STEM sessions, and much more. We also provide a professional development track for teachers.  The Hawaii STEM Conference provides students and teachers the opportunity to receive training in cutting-edge software/tools and be exposed to new STEM fields and career opportunities. Past conference breakout sessions: Photoshop, After Effects, Gaming, Coding, Engineering Design using CAD, Voyaging, GIS/GPS, Mapping, UAV’s, Conservation, and Photography. For a complete list and past agendas, please visit: www.HawaiiSTEMConference.com.

    The Hawaii STEM Conference would not be possible without our valued industry partners who dedicate their time, expertise and knowledge to help inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. We greatly appreciate your support! 

    We are excited to invite industry professionals to participate in our STEM Career “5×5” session on Tuesday, April 10, 2018!

    Question: What is the 5×5 Session?

    Answer: The “5×5 Session” is a high energy networking session that offers students a unique opportunity to ask you about your personal experiences, career and college pathways, and much more are explored during this engaging event. It’s a platform designed for middle and high school students across the state to engage with you for 5 minutes of 5 rounds. You will be joined in with both local and national STEM industry professionals to inspire students.  This 5×5 Session is incredibly popular among the students to gain interest in the STEM fields.

    Many of the questions commonly asked are: What type of education do you have? What is the coolest project you have worked on? What do you enjoy most about your job? What made you choose your career? Etc.

    Register online at:


    Download Flyer

    For more event information about this session contact Lalaine Pasion at lalaine@medb.org or at 808.875.2341

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