Formed on October 4, 1937, the Hawaii Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is the local Section of the national ASCE organization, which includes some 130,000 members worldwide.  With over 1,000 members locally, the mission of the Hawaii Section is to develop leadership, advance technology, advocate lifelong learning, and promote the profession throughout our State.  Hawaii Section activities include promoting civil engineering in local grade schools, providing affordable technical seminars, providing technical assistance to government entities, supporting the University of Hawaii Student Chapter and the Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum, fundraising for scholarships, honoring individuals and notable civil engineering projects in Hawaii, and supporting the civil engineering profession in the State Legislature. 

General membership dinner meetings are held monthly, featuring technical and general-interest guest speakers.  The Executive Committee is elected by its membership.  It meets monthly to conduct its business. Technical committees are active in the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering, construction, transportation, ocean and energy, and hydraulics/hydrology and water resources.  Standing committees are also appointed to address membership, history and heritage, awards and hospitality.  Additional Section Appointees represent the Hawaii Section as a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, a University of Hawaii Student Chapter Practitioner Advisor, and as a representatative to the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization and chair specialized committees such as the Local Legislative Affairs Committee, Outreach Program, and Scholarship Committee.

The Hawaii Section Younger Member Forum (YMF) caters to the needs of Hawaii Section younger members (35 years and younger). The YMF helps these young engineers transition from college to the professional world and sponsors various social, service, and technical events, including the PE Exam Refresher Course. YMF officers meet monthly along with representatives from the University of Hawaii Student Chapter.  The 2019  Western Regional Younger Member Conference is part of an annual leadership summit with over 400 attendees from 10 states and the ASCE Hawaii Younger Member Forum is welcomes you to Hawaii for WRYMC 2019. WRYMC provides young civil engineers with invaluable leadership training, networking, and skills to help them be successful at both engineering and in their communities.  For more information visit:

The University of Hawaii ASCE Student Chapter encourages and fosters interaction among civil engineering students and allows them to gain valuable experience outside the classroom.  The highlight of the Student Chapter is participating in the yearly Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, for which they design and build a concrete canoe, a steel bridge, and other items using their engineering skills.  At the conference they compete against other universities and participate in a number of other technical contests and social events.  The Student Chapter also performs community service projects and organizes social events.

The latest information for the ASCE Hawaii Section can be found below.


President's Message

2024 Copyright ASCE Hawaii Section

​P.O. Box 917, Honolulu, HI 96808-0917

Hawaii Section of American Society of Engineers



I am honored to be able to serve as your Section President for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

This year, my main goal is to focus on collaboration with our Younger Member Forum (YMF) and Student Chapter. As we look towards the future of our profession, we need to leverage the knowledge and experience from our lifetime members to guide and cultivate the fresh ideas from our energetic YMF and Student Chapter.

As we do every year, we will continue to support our YMF. I encourage you to check out their website and join their email list to keep up to date with all their networking, outreach events, and fundraisers they are doing. Please visit their site for more information.

We will also focus our support on the Student Chapter as they host the 2024 Pacific Southwest Student Symposium in Hawaii. This will be the third time in the Student Chapter’s history that the competition will be held in Hawaii. When I was a student attending the University of Hawaii (UH) in 2009, the competition was last held here. I have fond memories of being a captain in the steel bridge competition and I was so grateful for all the help that was provided to us by all the Alumni. So, in order to pay it forward, the Executive Committee will be providing our full support to the Student Chapter. I humbly ask that all our members also provide their full support to the UH students as they welcome the students from various student chapters from region 9. Please visit their site for more information.

Lastly, please take some time to learn what Region 8 and the Hawaii Section have been doing together by visiting their website. We are proud to be a part of Region 8 because “Region 8 is great!” We have a great Executive Committee and dedicated committee chairs. I want to acknowledge and thank them all for their continued dedication to and support of ASCE and the Hawaii Section!

Mahalo, and I look forward to serving you!

Eric Tomishima, P.E., M.ASCE

ASCE Hawaii Section President