2018 Copyright ASCE Hawaii Section

Hawaii Section of American Society of Engineers

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 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 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hawai’i Section seeks nominations for the 2018 Hawai’i Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Awards, which honors the best and the brightest achievements within the local civil engineering industry. Various awards will be given to those projects that demonstrate innovative and outstanding civil engineering accomplishments by Hawai’i’s design and construction professionals. Click here for more details click here.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hawai’i Section is proud to announce the 16th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament in Honor of Steve Fong which will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Pearl Country Club.  For more details click here.

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



It is another exciting year with a great group of dedicated engineers, honored and ready to serve as your 2017-2018 Hawaii Section Executive Committee.  We thank you for your continued support!

On our website you can find information on our monthly dinner meetings and seminars, awards and scholarships, outreach and community service, and job postings.  In parallel with the 2018 Engineers Week theme, “Inspiring Wonder”, we strive to inspire future engineers through various outreach events for all grade levels, encouraging them to wonder about engineering, what engineers do, and future innovations.  With the help of our very active Younger Member Forum and University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Chapter we are making an impact on future generations, and the community as a whole.  In addition to continuing our current programs, one of our goals this year is to start on a new journey; working on Hawaii’s first state infrastructure report card. 

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to get more involved, have any questions about the Hawaii Section, or just want to say hello when you’re in town.  Thank you for visiting the ASCE Hawaii Section website and we’ll see you at our next event!

Lara Karamatsu, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Hawaii Section President

President's Message