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The Hawaii Geographic Information Coordinating Council (HIGICC) is a private non-profit organization consisting of members of Hawai'i's geospatial community. Our goal is to provide coordination of geospatial activities among a wide range of users in order to avoid duplication of effort, promote data sharing, and maintain data standards throughout the state. 

Upcoming events


HIGICC provides opportunities to network with other GIS professionals in Hawaii and the Pacific.

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 Donations can be directed towards the Mark Lierman Scholarship, GIS Day activities, or the HIGICC general fund.

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  • 07 Mar 2023 9:54 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Thanks to our Board of Directors for participating in this excellent news article written by Honolulu Advertiser's Ryan Ozawa about his love for geospatial technology and a nice interview of HIGICC directors Craig Clouet and Michael Wahl . You can read the article online if you have a subscription here  or check out this copy here

  • 14 Sep 2022 10:44 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    In this webinar, Esri experts will share how you can migrate your field workflows from the retired apps to the comprehensive Field Maps app and maintain or even improve your existing workflows. 

    The hour-long event will cover the following:

    • The retirement of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker
    • An overview of ArcGIS Field Maps
    • Guidance on migrating from the retired apps to ArcGIS Field Maps
    • Why migrating sooner rather than later is recommended
    • Resources to assist with your migration

    Please sign up today to attend this event on September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (PT)

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  • 31 Aug 2022 10:24 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    This is your exclusive invite to LOOK CLOSER on October 11. We’re so excited to be bringing you a bigger and better Nearmap NAVIG8 to your screens in 2022.

    Date: 11 October 2022
    Time: 11:00am CT/6:00am HST
    Destination: This is a virtual event

    Register Now

    Get excited for Nearmap NAVIG8 2022, where you’ll get a first look at the future capabilities of our custom-designed and built HyperCamera3 with our VP of Product, Don Weigel, and dive deeper into the fifth and latest iteration of Nearmap AI and its expanded capabilities with Dr Michael Bewley.With informative technical workshops and customer-led solution sessions, LOOK CLOSER at Nearmap technology and geospatial content and how it’s being used to achieve real-world outcomes – so you can too!

  • 05 Jan 2022 8:47 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Learn from experts and make beautiful maps using ArcGIS Pro.

    Once, only cartographers made maps. Today, anyone can. Still, cartographers can teach people to make better maps, just as chefs can show people how to prepare better meals. With coaching from accomplished cartographers and practical, hands-on exercises, you'll become a smarter mapmaker, ready to go beyond the defaults and produce engaging maps that communicate with impact.

    Click Here for More Information

    Click here to view all of Esri's MOOCs

  • 03 Dec 2021 8:34 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    The Hawaii Defense Alliance will be hosting a virtual webinar on Friday, Dec. 10 from 2-3 p.m. HST focusing on geospatial analytics careers. The objective of this is to increase awareness – for the tech community, educators, students, and government audience - of the career and certification pathways and hundreds of jobs being created in Hawaii over the next three years. These jobs are being driven by the Federal government and contractors.

    Panel members include:

    • ·       Chris Johnson, Maxar Technologies
    • ·       Mark Speck, Huntington Ingalls
    • ·       Camelia Kantor, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)
    • ·       Brandt Dillion, U.S. Army Pacific Geospatial Intelligence Advisor
    • ·       Chaminade University (pending)

    This webinar is part of a broader series of events hosted by the Hawaii Defense Alliance, "Building Hawaii Intel Career Pathways Together" to open up more Federal opportunities for residents and local businesses and promote economic resilience in Hawaii.

    To register in advance for this webinar, click the button below or visit:


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 23 Sep 2021 3:23 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    This just in from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Department of Geography & Environment:  HawaiiView is pleased to release the 30-m spatial resolution forest height map for the island of Oahu (https://hawaiiview.org/data/l2fhm/), predicted using Landsat-8 cloud-free mosaic and calibrated using airborne lidar data. 

    The forest height map is unique in that 1) it is continuous, instead of categorical (e.g., the existing USGS products), and 2) it was calibrated using massive airborne lidar data. 

    Feedback on the dataset is sought, please contact Professor Qi Chen at qichen@hawaii.edu

  • 17 May 2021 12:23 PM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    Recently at the HIGICC meeting, USDA (GEO Branch) made a presentation on a new upcoming Hawaiian Islands ImageServer Service.  I just want to announce that USDA (GEO) has went live with a new Hawaiian Island’s ImageServer Service on 5/11/2021.  Yesterday, I asked USGS, Census, State of Hawaii and the University of Hawaii-Hilo to test the new USDA (GEO) service.  All tested the service successfully. 

    The following are links to the new service:

    Hawaii Public Image Service:https://nrcsgeoservices.sc.egov.usda.gov/arcgis/rest/services/ortho_imagery/hawaii_vivid/ImageServer

    Hawaii Public Metadata Service: https://nrcsgeoservices.sc.egov.usda.gov/arcgis/rest/services/ortho_imagery/hawaii_vivid_metadata/MapServer


    The imagery listed above is available to the general public.   This service cannot be resold as a service by a third party.  The data is licensed from Maxar-DigitalGlobe. It is 50 cm, four bands of orthoimagery mostly from 2019 and 2020.   Maxar allows USDA to serve this data to the general public as long as the publicly available ImageServer service does not allow a data download function. 

  • 16 Apr 2021 9:25 AM | Craig Clouet (Administrator)

    The HIGICC is happy to announce the annual Scholarship. Please forward this information to any student in Higher Education in Hawaii.


  • 05 Nov 2020 10:50 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

    GPS on Bench Marks

    Help improve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and prepare for the NSRS modernization in 2022 by participating in the GPS on Bench Marks (GPS on BM) for the Transformation Tool campaign. Your efforts will support the following objectives:

    • Improve the 2022 Transformation Tool, which will enable conversions from current vertical datums to the North American-Pacific Geopotential Datum of 2022 (NAPGD2022) and will be integrated into the NGS Coordinate Conversion and Transformation Tool (NCAT).
    • Update Passive Control Status: mark recoveries and shared solutions provide NGS and other users of the NSRS with insight into the health of the passive control network and updated information for project planning.
    • Automatic Reprocessing in 2022: Shared data will be automatically reprocessed and given new coordinates after the NSRS modernization occurs in 2022.


    Recover, Observe, Report

    Regardless of your objective, GPS on BM will always include three important steps: recover, observe, and report.

    Recover: Using web maps or other desktop tools to look up the description of an existing bench mark and visit the bench mark of your choice and submit a mark recovery.

    Observe: Record field notes, take digital photos, and collect GPS observations for the bench mark you visit.

    Report: Use online tools to send the information to NGS.

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