TechOhana features Maui’s Pacific Disaster Center

Feb 2, 2024

Maui TechOhana in February featured Dr. Erin Hughey and the extraordinary work of the Pacific Disaster Center. 29 entrepreneurs and small business owners joined us February 22 for networking, light refreshments and our guest speaker.

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global) is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that supports the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide in helping to create a safer, more disaster resilient world.

Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operation for PDC, spoke about her career journey as a recognized leader in global disaster management and disaster risk reduction, including PDC’s involvement with the Maui wildfires recovery.

A recognized leader in global disaster management and disaster risk reduction, Dr. Hughey developed the only operationalized approach to the United Nations Sendai Framework for Action. Known as the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA), this program has been implemented by more than 20 countries worldwide and aids national, regional and international disaster risk reduction initiatives.

Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operations, Pacific Disaster Center

With a PhD in geography, Dr. Hughey has dedicated her life’s work to the innovation and the application of new science and technology for disaster management—empowering practitioners and senior leadership alike with the tools and information needed to support data-driven decision making.

Maui TechOhana meetings, organized by the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., and supported by the County of Maui, provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui County’s technology industry. Events include a short presentation on a relevant topic in business or technology, followed by the opportunity to talk with others with similar professional interests.


Thursday, February 22, 2024 

5:15 – 6:45 PM

Malcolm Center, 1305 N. Holopono Street, Suite 5, Kihei