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Health & the Built Environment

March 13, 2014
7:30 am - 10:00 am
Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma Street
Honolulu, HI United States
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Thank you to James A Moore, Design Principal, HDR, Inc., Dr. Jay Maddock, University of Hawaii Office of Public Health Studies, James “Kimo” Steinwascher, Alexander & Baldwin, and Councilmember Breene Harimoto, City & County of Honolulu for this unique event and important discussion. You can view the speaker biographies at the bottom of this page.

You may download the slide presentations from the bottom of this page. Also, the program will be broadcast by `Olelo as follows:

April 6th | 7:00pm | Channel 54
April 7th | 11:00am | Channel 54
April 11th | 10:00am | Channel 54
April 12th | 8:00am | Channel 54

If you missed these broadcasts, you may watch the presentation on-line here>>> 

Health care expenditures are expected to consume 19% of the nation’s GDP by 2020, up from 14% in 2000 and 9% in 1980. Health care currently costs over $9,000 per person per year. This unsustainable trend is already an economic drag that affects us all. Much of this cost growth is related to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, all of which are fueled by inactivity and unhealthy eating.

It is clear that land use patterns that emphasize the need for cars and time consuming commutes and the related lack of time to prepare healthy food contribute to health declines. The positive trend of creating walkable, compact, mixed-use and mixed income communities is a major step in the right direction to improving public health.

What is the next step?

The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places initiative seeks to combine the voices of the health community and land use community to jointly support the kind of livable communities that produce economic as well as health benefits.

Thursday, March 13

Keynote Speaker

James A. Moore, Planning Principal, HDR, Inc. Tampa Florida

James A. Moore has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience and leadership in architecture, community planning, redevelopment consulting and urban design. Since 2000 he has been with HDR, a global architecture, engineering and consulting firm, rising to the rank of Senior Vice President for his management and operational leadership and Senior Professional Associate for his technical expertise and leadership. Upon joining the company, he helped consolidate and expand the emerging planning and urban design practices, and develop initiatives in real estate consulting, transit-oriented design, and sustainability. He led HDR’s Community Planning & Urban Design business unit for six years, averaging over $12 million per year in net new fees and overseeing up to 100 staff in a dozen offi ces. He helped initiate HDR’s International Urban Planning practice, leading projects and pursuits in China and the Middle East. Since 2007, he has been a member of HDR’s Sustainable Solutions Leadership Team, looking to integrate sustainability practices throughout the company’s work.

Dr. Moore has played a leading technical and managerial role on many notable HDR projects including the “Destination Midtown” Redevelopment Master Plan and the Downtown Development Plan, both in Omaha NE; “Pinellas by Design,” a unified economic development and physical redevelopment strategy for Pinellas County FL; the Citywide Integrated Sustainability Master Plan for Corpus Christi TX; and the Beijing International Medical Center, a 15 square kilometer mixed-use district in China. He has particular expertise in organizing and managing complex urban redevelopment projects; areas of technical expertise include community sustainability, the integration of physical design and economic development, urban redevelopment, real estate development practices, urban design, and leading multi-stakeholder participatory events. His projects integrate concerns for physical, social and economic revitalization and involve intense client interaction and community participation. Recently, Moore has begun to focus on the integration of GIS and other IT tools and techniques into the analysis, planning and implementation of urban redevelopment projects.

Moore received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and also holds degrees from MIT, including an MS in Real Estate Development. From 1988 – 2000, he taught in the School of Architecture & Community Design at the University of South Florida, leaving as a tenured Associate Professor. In 1999 – 2000, he served as the Interim Dean of the School. He also led the Florida Center for Community Design & Research for five years, providing design services and technical assistance to communities and State agencies. He co-authored elements of Florida’s statewide transportation policy on the integration of land-use and transportation planning, and the role of mobility in developing sustainable communities. Moore has also taught at MIT, Penn and RPI.

Moore is active nationally with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the American Planning Association (APA). He served on the AIA’s Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team Task Force for ten years. A twenty year member of ULI, he was the Chair of the ULI Tampa Bay District Council from 2011-2013. Moore has also served multiple terms on ULI’s Inner City Council and the Public Private Partnership Council; he is currently the Chair of the Urban Revitalization Council. A member of the team that organized and ran “Reality Check Tampa Bay,” he now serves on the Board of OneBay, the entity established to help implement the regional vision generated by Reality Check.

He is on the board of the Florida chapter of the CNU. He lectures and writes regularly on urban redevelopment, community sustainability, urban design, and related topics.


Jay Maddock, PhD, FAAHB, Professor & Director, Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

jay photo for WebProfessor Maddock has led the research and evaluation arm of the Healthy Hawaii Initiative, a statewide Department of Health program to reduce chronic disease since 2000.  He has extensive experience in system, environmental and policy research to improve population level risk factors including physical inactivity, tobacco use and poor nutrition in multiethnic, disparate communities.

His work bridges both the research and practice communities.  Dr. Maddock has been named the Bank of Hawai‘i Community Leader of the Year and received the Award of Excellence from the American Public Health Association, Council on Affiliates.  He has chaired the state board of health, co-authored the state physical activity and nutrition plan and was a charter member of the NIH study section on Community-Level Health Promotion.  He is also the principal investigator on the Hawaii Health Data Warehouse and has served as an investigator on several NIH and Robert Wood Johnson funded studies.

Professor Maddock is an author of over 80 scientific articles, and 150 chapters and abstracts on community level health promotion. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.  His research has been featured in several national media outlets including The Today Show, Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping.  Dr. Maddock has given invited lectures in numerous countries including Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, El Salvador and Brazil and he holds honorary Professorships at two universities in China.

Professor Maddock, originally from Rhode Island, earned four college degrees in four years, receiving his doctorate at 25. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Syracuse University and master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

James “Kimo” Steinwascher, AB Kailua

Kimo Steinwascher-7048-JKimura 01-30-13Currently with Alexander & Baldwin, Steinwascher was  Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer of Kaneohe Ranch from 2002 – 2013.  He assisted in the planning, re-development and leasing of downtown Kailua.

He was previously with Pacific Land, from 1989 thru 2002 and served as principal and owner of the entrepreneurial real estate firm of Pacific Land. Real estate developments include Maui Lani, 49 Black Sand Beach and The Shops at Wailea. Prior to that, he was with Castle & Cooke from 1981 to 1989 as the Vice-President & General Manager of Mililani Town.

Steinwascher graduated from Punahou School and holds a B.S. from the University of Oregan and a MBA from UCLA.   He is married to Ingrid Steinwascher and has three children.  His community service work includes KCAA Pre-Schools of Hawaii, Windward Boys & Girls Club.

Breene Harimoto, Honolulu City Council, District VIII (Aiea – Pearl City – Waipahu)


Councilmember Breene Harimoto was elected to the Honolulu City Council in November 2010 and serves as the Council’s Chair of the Transportation Committee.  He is also the past chair and current vice-chair of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.  He champions transportation issues that promote active and healthy lifestyles, pedestrian safety and bicycle networks, Smart Growth, and transit-oriented development (TOD).  He was instrumental in the development and passage of Honolulu’s Complete Streets ordinance and is now pursuing implementation of parklets and fulfilling the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail vision to turn the old bike path into a world-class destination.

Councilmember Harimoto’s passion has been serving his community as a volunteer in various capacities for over 30 years.  He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Pearl City Foundation, where he manages the Momilani Community Center which provides programs for children, adults, seniors, and families.  He is a Lions Club member, was a board member of the Pearl City Community Association for many years, and served on the Pearl City Neighborhood Board for 11 years.

A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Councilmember Harimoto formerly was an Information Technology professional and served as IT manager, project manager, systems analyst, and management consultant for large corporations and financial institutions.  He also served on the Board of Education for eight years and was its chairman for two years.

Jay Maddock Presentation

James Moore Presentation

Kimo Steinwascher Presentation

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