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Hawaii is a member of the Southwest States and Pacific Islands Water Quality Coordination Team


The links below either open up PowerPoint presentations that have been compressed for easier viewing or connect to Internet sites where you can access presentations given by CTAHR faculty on water related issues.

Ecology, Restoration, and Management of Hawaiian Stream and Riparian Systems
Workshops organized by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the University of Hawaii- Manoa on May 20 - 22, 2008. Presentations cover topics on Hydrology; Riparian Vegetation and Soils; Water Quality Issues; Streambank Restoration Challenges; Stream Assessment Tools; Riparian and In-stream Fauna; and Watershed Approaches and Case Studies.

Happi School Teacher Training
[A 39-slide presentation summarizing the Hawaii Pollution Prevention Information curriculum for teachers]

Water Quality Monitoring and Watershed Basics

[A 19-slide presentation explaining the basics]

Watershed Management in Hawaii
[A 37-slide presentation on the cultural and historical significance of watershed management in Hawaii]

The web sites below link to Internet sites created by students or for students in Hawaii, ages K thru College, using multi-media and other technology tools to teach water quality and environmental studies.
'Ainakumuwai : Ahupua'a of Nawiliwili Bay
Web site:
This interactive site was designed for students in the ahupua'a of Nawiliwili Bay to develop and test hypotheses for better understanding the impacts human behavior and natural events have on the ecology of the bay. Students from all the islands are encouraged to apply this multi-disciplinary approach to their own 'ainakumuwai.

Hamakua Marsh
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The Hamakua Marsh project is the collaboration of 350 students from three schools in the Windward community. Topic areas were divided by interest and age level for each classroom to research, report, and finally to link to one another to create a virtual wetland. The result is a virtual marsh with audio recordings of bird calls and students’ voices in English and Hawaiian, animated computer graphics, illustrations, and digital photography.

Kaelepulu Pond - Why are Hawaii's Wetlands Vanishing?
Web site:
"Why are Hawaii's Wetlands Vanishing is an interactive website filled with dynamic graphics, animations, sounds, video clips, and a learning center of interactive activities. It takes the viewers on a journey back to the past when the wetland was a thriving marshland and then completes its journey to present day. You will virtually see the changes that affected the habitat and wildlife of Kaelepulu Pond."

Kailua Bay Advisory Council (KBAC)
Web page:
KBAC's Educational Resources Web page has information about the Best Management Practices ("BMPs") one can take to improve water quality, simple explanations for the various parameters to measure water quality, information on non point source pollution, and links to find out more about leptospirosis.

Kawai Nui Marsh
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The Lanikai School and LET Academy partnership created a classroom of the 21st Century, where students have unlimited access to technology tools for multimedia project development driven by curricular goals. In this Web site, students can learn what is a marsh, how Kawai Nui Marsh was formed, what kinds of plants, animals, and aquatic life can be found in the marsh, how the marsh was used by ancient Hawaiians, and what affects the quality of the water in the marsh.

Kawai Nui Marsh, A Precious System
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Published by the Enchanted Lake Elementary School 4th grade AGT class, this Web site contains information about the history, plants, and animals found at Kawai Nui Marsh. It also teaches why Kawai Nui is considered a system and what individuals can do to make a difference and protect the Marsh.

Web site:
The LET Academy facilitated the development of a multimedia Web site by windward K-12 students that provides an overview of the Ko‘olaupoko region through it's eleven ahupua'a and each of their unique physical, natural and cultural resources. The process positioned students as stewards as they researched how community members, including themselves, impact their ahupua‘a and the need to establish a watershed ethic for our time.

Malama o Manoa
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Malama o Manoa's Web site has a "Learn More" Web page that is very helpful. It contains news and information that will help you learn what you can do and where you can volunteer on a monthly basis to protect Hawai`i.

MSI-NOAA Water Quality Assessment Project:Windward Community College
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This Web site provides information on water quality and environmental studies gathered by the Chem 199 (Independent Study) class at Windward Community College. This hands-on educational program in water quality assessment and environmental studies is funded by an MSI-NOAA grant since October 2002 and supported by the Friends of He'eia State Park and its funders.

Non-Point Source Pollution
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This interactive site focuses on pollution sources; what causes problems and how the user can solve them. Web site users are also encouraged to follow various links for some Best Management Practices that will help them protect their environment.

The CSREES National Water-Quality Extension Program 
National Water Quality Program websiteThe goal of the CSREES National Water Quality Program is to protect or improve the quality of water resources throughout the United States and its territories, particularly in agriculturally managed watersheds. We seek to address this goal at the national, regional, state and local levels. This program consists of nine Regional Programs (based on the ten EPA regions), along with comprehensive National Facilitation, Extension Education, and Integrated Research, Education, and Extension projects. This web site features an index of all projects funded by the CSREES Water Quality National Program Office to date. Hawaii is part of Region 9, Southwest States and Pacific Islands Regional Water Quality Program.

Links to other Water-Quality Organizations/Programs
Federal Government

State Government

County Government


Ala Wai Watershed Association - island of Oahu

1579 Kalaepaa Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 845-8445 | Fax: (808) 845-8445

A community-led organization whose mission is to improve and maintain the water quality in the Ala Wai Canal and associated ahupua’a.

Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi - island of Oahu  

Web site: | Email:
3366 Kaohinani Dr.
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 595-3922

"We are a group of concerned people who promote the preservation of native species and ecosystems, and promote the importance of the native environment to our Hawaiian culture. We provide a voice in our community that is both responsible to Hawaiian cultural values and practices and reflects accurately the scientific tenets and practices pertaining to conservation issues."

Conservation Council for Hawai`i - statewide

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Mail Address: P.O. Box 2923, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96802
Office: 250 Ward Avenue, Suite 217, Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 593-0255 | Fax: (808) 593-0255

"Conservation Council for Hawai`i is a science-based community organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity and restoring the integrity of native Hawaiian ecosystems - from the top of the mountains to the coral reefs - for the ecological, social, cultural and economic well-being of Hawai`i."

East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) - island of Maui

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P.O. Box 431, Makawao, HI 96768
Phone: (808) 573-6999

"EMWP is an environmental effort between federal, state and private landowners to preserve the native forest. We and our partners want to ensure that Maui's residents have a clean source of water for domestic, commercial and agricultural uses for this and future generations."

Friends of Kalihi/Kamanaiki Streams - island of Oahu

1579 Kalaepaa Drive
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 845-8445 | Fax: (808) 845-8445

"We are a grassroots organization, which conducts stream cleaning and stream awareness activities in the Kalihi Ahupua’a. We have been working with schools and a variety of community organizations to develop an environmental consciousness throughout the community."

Hanalei Watershed Hui - island of Kauai

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PO Box 1205
Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: (808) 826-1985 | Fax: (808) 826-1985

"The Hanalei Watershed Hui strives to malama the natural resources of the Hanalei Bay area using traditional Hawaiian ahupua'a land management principals of malama 'aina
(sustainability and stewardship), pono (integrity and balance), laulima (cooperation), and aloha, especially as it applies to cultural equity and respect."

Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) - statewide

Web site: | Email:
1151 Punchbowl St., Room 224
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 586-0916 or (808) 372-2561 | Fax: (808) 586-0923

"HCA is an innovative partnership guided by eleven organizations involved in natural resource management, conservation biology research, and training programs in Hawaii."

Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships - statewide

Web site:

"The Hawai‘i Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP) was established in 2003 to build public and private support for watershed protection. More than 50 public and private partners — representing nine watershed partnerships and six islands — belong to the Association."

Hawaii Nature Center - islands of Maui and Oahu

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Phone: Oahu at (808) 955-0100 OR Maui at (808) 244-6500

"The Hawaii Nature Center is a private, non-profit environment education organization that provides hands-on field programs to 50,000 elementary school children, adults and families each year at five sites on Oahu and Maui. Award-winning outdoor curriculum inspires awareness and appreciation of the Islands’ unique natural resources and rare beauty."

Hawaii Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society - statewide

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Hawai'i SWCS
P.O. Box 50004
Honolulu, HI 96850

"The Hawai'i Chapter is the largest in the Pacific. It was established in 1981 and has 30 members who are working or interested in agricultural and environmental sciences, and education. The objectives of the Hawai'i Chapter are to: develop and advance the science and art of good land stewardship; promote public awareness and education about the conservation of soil, water and related natural resources; and join with other resource professionals for self development, education, and fun."

Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEF) - statewide

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P.O. Box 2422
Honolulu, HI 96804

"WEF is an international not-for-profit educational and technical organization of more than 40,000 water quality experts. WEF's mission is to preserve and enhance the global water environment."

Hilo Bay Watershed Advisory Group (HBWAG) - island of Hawaii

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"HBWAG is an advocate for the protection and sustainability of the Hilo Bay Watershed ecology. The Group serves the community by fostering cooperation, facilitating education and outreach, and applying scientifically based methods to collect and share watershed and water quality information."

KAHEA - statewide

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P.O. Box 27112
Honolulu, HI 96827-0112

"KAHEA is a community-based organization working to improve the quality of life for Hawai‘i's people and future generations through the revitalization and protection of Hawai‘i's unique natural and cultural resource. We advocate for the proper stewardship of our resources and for social responsibility by promoting multi-cultural understanding and environmental justice."

Kailua Bay Advisory Council (KBAC) - island of Oahu

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"KBAC will accomplish its mission by adopting an integrated approach to improve water quality for the Ko`olaupoko watershed area.This integrated approach incorporates the concept of ahupua'a`a into its technical, volunteer water quality monitoring, and the implementation programs.The approach reflects Hawai`i's unique island culture and physical surroundings, all the while recognizing the concept of ahupua`a as a resource management unit."

Kalihi Stream Project - island of Oahu

Web site: | Email:
c/o Hawaii's Thousand Friends
305 Hahani St., PMB #282
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: (808) 263-4883

Kona Soil and Water Conservation District - island of Hawaii

Web site: | Phone: (808) 322-2484, ext. 5
81-948 Waena'Oihana Loop #101
Kealakekua, Hawai'i 96750

"To utilize available technical, financial and educational resources to focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land users with regards to conservation of soil, water, and natural resources."

Malama Hawaii - statewide

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c/o The Nature Conservancy of Hawai`i
923 Nu`uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817

"Malama Hawai`i is a hui of over seventy organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to the vision that Hawai`i, our special island home, be a place where the people, land and sea are cared for, and communities are healthy and safe."

Malama o Manoa - island of Oahu

Web site: | Email:
P.O. Box 61961
Honolulu, HI 9683
Phone: (808) 988-4913 | Fax: (808) 988-5763

“To promote community, celebrate our cultural diversity and heritage, and to preserve, protect and enhance the special qualities of historic Manoa Valley.”

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (MLP) - island of Maui

Web site: |
P.O. Box 187
Kahului, Maui, HI 96733-6687
Phone: (808) 877-3351 | Fax: (808) 871-0953

"Preservation of Pu'u Kukui: ML&P works with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and the State Natural Area Partnership to protect the vital watershed lands of the West Maui mountains. This partnership ensures protection of a crucial water resource for the community, as well as the rare and endangered species of plants and animals."

Maui Tomorrow - island of Maui

Web site: | Email:
P.O. Box 429
Makawao, HI 96768
Phone: (808) 572-6406

"The purpose of the corporation is to advance the protection of the island of Maui's precious natural areas and prime open space for recreational use and aesthetic value, to promote the concept of ecologically sound development, to preserve the opportunity for a rural lifestyle on Maui, to promote, sponsor, and participate in educational and community programs, seminars and other functions related to the foregoing purposes, and to carry out litigation as necessary to advance the foregoing purposes."

The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii - statewide

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923 Nu`uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 537-4508 | Fax: (808) 545-2019

"The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive."

Pacific Regional Visitor Center - statewide

Battery Randolph, Bldg 32, Kalia Rd
Fort DeRussy, Waikiki Beach
Phone: (808) 438-2815

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers runs the Pacific Regional Visitor Center (PRVC). "The Center's goal is to enhance the public's understanding of the multidimensional role of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Particular emphasis is on civil works and water resources development that affects the lives of all the residents of Hawai`i and the people of the Pacific."

Protect the Planet - island of Oahu

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47-362 Lulani St. Suite A
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: (808) 226-1464 or (808) 781-8860

"Protect the Planet is a grass-roots movement to make caring for the Earth part of everyday life. Protect the Planet showcases the ability of people of all ages and backgrounds to take on challenges and demonstrate leadership. We encourage everyone to get involved in their own way to make good things happen for the Earth."

Trust for Public Land: Hawaii - statewide

Web site: | Email:
Hawai`i Field Office
212 Merchant St., Suite 320
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-8560
FAX (808) 524-8565

"The Trust For Public Land is a national nonprofit land conservation organization founded in 1972 to conserve land for people. In Hawai'i, TPL works side by side with land trusts, community groups and public agencies to protect lands important to the people of Hawai'i."

Windward Ahupua`a Alliance - island of Oahu

Web site: | Email:;
Shannon Wood (Very) Interim President
P.O. Box 6366
Kane`ohe, HI 96744
VoicEmail: (808) 247-6366; Cellular: (808) 223-5535

"Advocates for restoration, protection, and public access to the mauka lands on the Windward side of O`ahu along the base of Na Ko`olau as well as to support locally-owned sustainable economic activities in the more developed areas."

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