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Name
Kenneth Stokes, Masters  | View Home Page
Title Executive Director
Institution The Kauaian Institute
Address
42-320 Baracoa Dr #14
Bermuda Dunes CA 92203
Biography
Ken Stokes is a green economist and a red, white and black American who grew up in Alaska, is an avid bodysurfer and diehard cyclist, has never owned a car, and now lives with his wife in a 750 s.f. treehouse overlooking the reef in Hawai`i.


As Executive Director of The Kauaian Institute, Ken has served as a sustainability advisor to senior executives at some of Hawaii’s largest corporations and most influential community groups.


Much of his recent work has focused on the metrics of sustainability. Beginning in 2005, Ken worked with Maui Land & Pineapple to derive operations indicators for benchmarking and monitoring that firm’s triple bottom line, and he recently produced an assessment of the ‘green travel’ market for Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate—Hawaii’s largest landowner. Ken recently assisted Kaua`i Planning & Action Alliance—a network of island nonprofits—to produce the first annual Kaua`i Community Indicators for monitoring progress toward County planning goals. He also conducted the first market assessment of vacation rentals in Hawai`i, and created a subscriber service for real estate market monitoring.


Previously, Ken served for more than 10 years as Director of Hui Ho`okipa, a network of native community leaders on Kauai, where he created and managed the 'virtual taro patch' website.


In the 1980s, he served as a strategy consultant in urban economic development with McManis Associates in Washington, DC, and as head of StratEcon, Inc. in San Francisco, where he produced local development strategies for dozens of communities across North America. He also served in the 1970s as senior economic planning staff in New Haven, CT, and was elected to two terms on that city's Board of Aldermen. He undertook doctoral work in Urban Economics at Syracuse University from 1970-73, and received an MBA from Stanford in 1986. He authored “Tending the Garden Island,” (Kauaian Press, 2002), whic
Recent Consulting
Project: Community Progress Indicators


Client: Kauai Planning & Action Alliance, Community Indicators Project (2006-07)


Designed, compiled and reported a series of 55 community indicators for monitoring progress toward planning goals on this small rural island.








Project: Green Travel Market Assessment


Client: Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, Land Assets Division (2006)


Produced measures of ‘green’ travel segmentation and appropriate scale to match traveler preferences and landowner facilities.








Project: Corporate Sustainability Indicators


Client: Maui Land & Pineapple, Inc., Sustainability Executive Committee (2005-06)


Derived a series of operations indicators for benchmarking and monitoring the firm’s triple bottom line and for assessing the ecological footprint of its resort, agriculture, and community development divisions.








Project: Real Estate Market Monitoring/Forecasting Service


Client: Subscribers to The Kauaian Institute (2004-06)


Created the first detailed market indicator database on island real estate activity and produced monthly near-term forecasts for key measures of housing construction and turnover.





Project: Vacation Rental Market Assessment


Client: Boards of Realtors on Kauai, Maui and Oahu (2004-06)


Derived first hard count of available units in the controversial grey market for alternative visitor accommodations, and provided measures of housing market balance in each community.


Publications
Ken Stokes (2002)
Tending the Garden Island
2002 Kauaian Press Kauai, Hawaii
100 pp