The community engagement process can be viewed as a series of building blocks of subjects that appear at most, if not all, meetings to different degrees at different stages of the conversation. The five‐part engagement protocol follows:
- Tell the community before anyone else.
- Ask the community’s permission.
- Understand that the community may oppose the proposal and/or sponsor.
- Let the community know that it is entitled to givebacks based on the intrusion into their area—whether it approves, opposes, or is silent about the proposed project.
- Ask the community for its views on those givebacks.
For example, see: Hawaii Energy Forum Report