Cheryl D. Soon, Ph.D., FAICP, is a Hawaiʻi based author and award-winning city planner. 

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Cheryl D. Soon, Ph.D, FAICP

As an author, Cheryl takes a unique and well-researched approach to tell history, from which the reader can gain rare historical insights, a greater sense of place, and appreciation for our island communities.

Cheryl’s professional experiences for Hawaiʻi’s public agencies have helped shape the character and quality of the Islands. She was Director of the Department of Transportation Services for the City & County of Honolulu, Chief Planning Officer for the City & County of Honolulu, Deputy Director for Highways, State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Transportation, and Executive Director of the Oʻahu Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Within the private sector, Cheryl has held senior management positions with significant Island planning firms. Her work as a project manager in charge has won several awards, and she is distinguished as a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor available for a professional planner.

In addition to the joy of making a difference through city planning, she loves to travel, read, and spend time with her ʻOhana.


Cheryl’s second book.
Remembering and Honoring: Statues and Memorials on Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui Islands
For all those who have pined for a version of the book that includes their island, it is coming soon!
A unique look at history and culture on Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. Also included are chapters on Peace monuments, Honoring the Dead, and Immigrants Memorials. Covers over ninety featured pieces with color photographs. 


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Reflections In Stone and Bronze

Available at Mutual Publishing

Available at Amazon: Best Seller

Statues are very much in the news at present, center of a national debate over who gets honored and what that says about our society. Reflections in Stone and Bronze looks through the lens of Hawaiʻi’s statues to explore sixty historical figures, their ties to Hawaiʻi’s history and culture, as well as to consider how their values and accomplishments are memorialized.