Our History

2003

Building a Foundation

Honolulu, Hawaii

The first Federal Hazard Mitigation Partners in the Pacific Islands Roundtable was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 11-12. This meeting brought federal risk-management stakeholders together to explore opportunities to enhance partnerships.

2004

Creating a Framework

Honolulu, Hawaii

A second roundtable was held in Honolulu the following March. This meeting led to specific and concrete actions for comprehensive risk management for the region. These actions included:

  • Creation of an organizational framework based on hazard themes, including seismic, volcanic, and tsunamic hazards; climate and weather; and human-induced risks
  • Creation of the hui, or working groups
  • Identification of hui priority actions
  • Activation of the Navigators Council to develop a regional action plan and provide policy guidance

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2005

PRiMO Begins

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

From this framework the Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana (PRiMO) was born, and in March the first annual meeting was held in Kailua-Kona. This meeting confirmed the need for a more formal partnership in the region and set future priorities for the hui.

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2006

Partnerships for Resilience

Kaua'i, Hawaii

The second annual meeting was held on Kaua'i. As a result of recent catastrophes such as the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, PRiMO chose to focus its risk-management initiatives on building resilience at the community level and, within the hui, identifying opportunities to work more closely together toward this purpose.

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2007

Delivering Risk Management Information

Kihei, Maui

The annual meeting was held in March at the Pacific Disaster Center in Kihei, Maui. Over 50 participants shared ways to improve the development and delivery of risk-management information products and services in the Pacific.

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2008

Fostering Resilient Communities

Honolulu, Hawaii

The PRiMO annual meeting in Honolulu provided an opportunity to renew the commitment to PRiMO's mission: building partnerships for resilient communities in the Pacific. This meeting also brought a significant increase in participation with the inclusion of representatives from other jurisdictions around the Pacific.

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2009

Focus on Coastal Inundation

Tumon, Guam

The 2009 meeting was held in Tumon, Guam, where many new members attended to discuss coastal inundation hazards and information needs.

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2010

Growing PRiMO's Focus

Honolulu, Hawaii

PRiMO, back in Honolulu in March, included a professional development workshop and introduced the NOAA Coastal Storms Program into the Pacific region.

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2011

From Recovery to Resilience

Pago Pago, American Samoa

The partners meeting was held in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Over 130 participants from 65 agencies across seven Pacific Island jurisdictions came together to discuss "Recovery on the Path to Resilience." This event featured workshops provided by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

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2012

Celebrating 10 Years

Honolulu, Hawaii

The tenth meeting, titled "Ten Years of Partnering for Resilient Pacific Island Communities," returned to Honolulu. The keynote was provided by Jennifer Sabas, Senator Inouye's chief of staff. The sessions focused on a number of topics related to the hui with several projects identified for continued effort.

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2013

Preparing Communities for Future Disaster

Honolulu, Hawaii

The partner meeting's theme was "The Voyage Ahead: Preparing Communities for Future Disaster" and was attended by over 150 people. The keynote speakers were Governor Johnson Elimo, State of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, and David Perkes of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. Attendees participated in over 20 small group sessions on specific thematic topics.

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2014

Focus on Small Islands

Honolulu, Hawaii

The 2014 PRiMO meeting featured a keynote address by President Tong of Kiribati. He told the story of climate change from the small Pacific island perspective, enlightening and inspiring everyone in attendance. Almost 300 people attended and contributed to the robust and productive discussion.

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2015

A Variety of Perspectives on Resilience

Honolulu, Hawaii

PRiMO's annual meeting was held again in Honolulu to allow a wider variety of representation from the Pacific Islands. The meeting featured a keynote by Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese (nee Imo) of the Independent State of Samoa and Mark Keim, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The event included a showing of the film, Island President, highlighting the struggle of the president of the Maldives.

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2016

A Variety of Perspectives on Resilience

Tackling Challenges Through Innovation

Honolulu, Hawaii

PRiMO focused on partnerships and how it, along with innovative thinking, is leading communities to address the many challenges confronting them. The keynote speakers spoke of the unique challenges they are addressing and the new paths they are charting to do it. The speakers included his Excellency Enele Sosene Sopoaga, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, and his wife Salilo Enele Sopoaga, Mr. Henk B. Rogers, his Excellency Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati, and his wife Meme Bernadete Tong, the Honorable Tim Manning, the Honorable Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, and the Honorable Kirk Caldwell, the mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.

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2017

Navigating towards Security and Sustainability

Honolulu, Hawaii

PRiMO’s 2017 Annual Meeting highlighted the transformations communities are making to prepare for the next natural disaster. Keynote Speakers included Christelle Pratt, Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat; The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor of Guam; Raymond Renfro, Lead Economist of the Asian Development Bank; Harlan Hale, Regional Advisor on USAID/OFDA’s East Asia/Pacific team; Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Information, Data, and Public Relations Center at the Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) in Indonesia; and President of the Marshall Islands, Her Excellency Hilda Cathy Heine.

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2018

Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction

Honolulu, Hawaii

The PRiMO 2018 meeting highlighted the vast possibilities for technology to fulfill PRiMO’s vision for a resilient Pacific region. The conference was designed to facilitate partnerships that transcend geographic boundaries and disciplines, providing unique opportunities for collaboration among attendees. Keynote speakers included Dr. Jaehyun Shim, President of the National Disaster Management Research Institute; Chad Blair, reporter and editor for Hawaii; Leigh Ann Eaton, General Forecaster for the National Weather Service; Burt Lum, Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data; Colby Stanton, Director for the Pacific Area Office of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency; and more.

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2019

Weaving a Path to “Precovery” in American Samoa
Faufauina se alafua mo le toe faaleleia o Amerika Samoa

American Samoa Community College

“Precovery” is the process of preparing for recovery in advance in order to speed the return to normalcy. Precovery planning accounts for short-term recovery measures while ensuring that long-term recovery results in reduced risk, enhanced economic opportunity, and improved personal and ecological health. The purpose of this meeting will be to work collaboratively to identify pathways to our collective preparedness for future recovery efforts in American Samoa. Participants from Guam, CNMI, and Hawai‘i will contribute to the process.

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2020

Building a Resilient Pacific

Honolulu, Hawaii

“Building a Resilient Pacific” focused on the shared risks and shared solutions from across the Pacific Island region. Keynote speakers included the Honorable Henry Puna of Cook Islands, the Honorable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa of Samoa, Dr. Lori Peek of the Natural Hazards Center, Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet of NOAA, Arona Ngari of the Cook Islands Meteorological Service, author and journalist Rachel Reeves, Dr. Jim Reilly of the U.S. Geological Survey, Trigg Talley of the U.S. Department of State, and Dr. John Woods of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

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