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Posted September 2010

Kohala Watershed Partnership discovers rare Cyanea plant.  Click here to learn more.

Posted September 5, 2010

HAWP awarded community grant from Group 70 Foundation.

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Watershed Partnerships face critical budget cuts, which will significantly affect their ability to protect forested watersheds which service island communities.  To learn how you can help, click here.

Posted July 2, 2010

East Maui Watershed Partnership featured in Maui Magazine article.  Click here to read it.

Posted June 14, 2010

LHWRP and Maui Restoration Group is prominently featured in the new 57 minute documentary film Ko`okele Wa`a: Turning the Canoe – Navigating a Sustainable Future for Maui.  The film was selected to be featured at the 2010 Maui Film Festival and premiers next Thursday, June 17 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater at 7 pm.  To view the trailer go to:

Posted May 24, 2010

Three Mountain Alliance hiring for specialist, application deadline June 4th. Click here for more information.

Posted April 27, 2010

Kohala Watershed Partnership now recruiting for summer interns.  Click here to learn more.

Posted April 21, 2010

HELP KOHALA WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WORKING IN THE KOAI’A CORRIDOR:  Thurs., April 22, 2010.  Two sessions:  8 to 11 a.m. and Noon to 3 p.m.  All ages welcome.  Tools, drinking water and snacks provided.  Bring a water bottle, wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring gloves and raingear.  Meet in The Kohala Center’s parking lot (next to Parker Square).  Will carpool to the site. 4-whell vehicles welcome.  RSVP a must; space limited.  Info: 887-6411 or email:

Posted April 14, 2010

Hawaii Nei 2010, a juried art exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island, will be accepting entries on May 28 and 29 with the exhibit running from June 12 to July 26, 2010 at the Volcano Art Center.  Read the flyer for more information.

Posted April 7, 2010

Colleen Cole, coordinator for the Three Mountain Alliance, to speak at Lyman Museum in Hilo on April 12 at 7pm.  Click here for more information

Posted April 6, 2010

Watershed Partnerships identified as important conservation initiative for restoration of native forest bird habitat in national State of the Birds report.

Posted April 5, 2010

Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership’s Auwahi dryland forest restoration featured in Maui Magazine

Posted March 23, 2010

HAWP and Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership participate in Earth Month Mauka to Makai Clean Water Expo on Saturday April 10, 2010 from 9-2pm. The event, with lots of games and prizes, is at the Waikiki Aquarium with free admission and free parking at Waikiki Elementary School and free shuttle bus from that lot.  Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services, State of Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch Polluted Runoff Control Program, and Waikiki Aquarium with over 20 participating agencies.

Posted March 3, 2010

Watershed Partnerships featured in the March 2010 issue of Honolulu magazine (click here to read the article).

Posted February 26, 2010

The Kohala Watershed Partnership’s Pelekane Bay Restoration project featured talk at dry forest symposium, click here to read more.

Posted February 23, 2010

The Kaua’i Watershed Alliance has published the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for its Wainiha Conservation Project.  You may view the DEA and the supplemental documents through the following links:  Draft EA; Exhibits; Archeological Survey; Biological Survey – Ken Wood; Biological Survey – Nick Holmes; Cultural Survey.  The public comment period will run through March 25, 2010.  Comments can be faxed to 808.245.1642 or mailed to The Nature Conservancy, 4180 Rice Street, Suite 102B, Lihue, HI  96766.

Posted February 8, 2010

Kohala Watershed Partnership featured on Big Island Video News.  Click here to see the short 3:47 minute video.

Posted January 20, 2010

Kohala Watershed Partnership featured in West Hawaii Today article

Posted January 13, 2010

HAWP display featured at the Sony Open at the Waialae Golf Course from January 13-17, 2010.  Location of display at spectator’s village.

Posted December 10, 2009

Maui County Council resolution identifies the importance of long-term management and protection of watersheds and supports implementation of management plans developed by the Maui Nui Watershed Partnerships.  Click here to read the resolution.

Posted December 7, 2009

Visit our HAWP display at Honolulu City Lights (from Dec. 5-January 2nd).  Read more in the press release, click here to see display photos, or read more in this Honolulu Star Bulletin article (towards the end).

Posted November 30, 2009

Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership participating in Hawaii Conservation Alliance event on Saturday, December 12th at ING Cafe in Waikiki from 1-4:30pm.  Click here for more information.

Posted November 25, 2009

Portion of 12,000 acre easement donated by Ulupalakua Ranch part of Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, read more in the Maui News.

Posted November 23, 2009

The Kaua’i Watershed Alliance is in the Pre-Assessment phase for its Wainiha Protective Fence Project’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA).  You may view the Draft EA and the supplemental documents through the following links: Pre-Assessment Draft EA; Exhibits; Archeological Survey – T.S. Dye & Colleagues, Archeologists, Inc.; Biological Survey – Ken Wood – National Tropical Botanical Garden; Biological Survey – Nick Holmes, Ph.D., Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery Project; Cultural Impact Assessment, Sam Gon, III PhD., The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i.

Posted November 16, 2009

The Kohala Watershed Partnership’s Pelekane Bay Watershed Restoration Project is hiring for a 1) Field Technician – seeking an experienced field technician competent with GPS/GIS and vegetation monitoring. 11 month position. Closing date: 12/4/09; and 2) Kohala Watershed Partnership Field Crew Member – seeking a team member to implement on-the-ground watershed conservation efforts for the KWP. This includes, but is not limited to, weed control, constructing and maintaining fences and trails, controlling feral animals and rodents, doing biological surveys, and planting. Long-term position. Closing date: 12/4/09

PDFs of job descriptions will be found on the website.

Posted October 26, 2009

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership featuring hike on November 21st.  To reserve your spot, contact

Posted October 22, 2009

East Maui Watershed Partnership’s Malama Wao Akua Art Contest opens this Saturday, October 24th, at Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao (next door to Makawao Steak House).  Opening reception from 5-8pm on Oct. 24th.

Posted October 9, 2009

Run for the Dry Forest held on October 24th on Hawaii Island to benefit Three Mountain Alliance partnership area.  To find out more, including how to participate, click here

Posted September 28, 2009

Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership and East Maui Watershed Partnership recognized in a Maui News article on managing axis deer on Maui

Posted September 21, 2009

Kohala Watershed Partnership featured in Associated Press piece regarding Pelekane Bay Restoration

Posted September 14, 2009

Kohala Watershed Partnership work at Pelekane Bay featured on National Public Radio.  Click here to hear the piece

Posted September 9, 2009

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership hosts half-day interpretive Waihee Ridge Trail hike on September 19th.  To learn more click here

Posted August 28, 2009

Watershed Partnership recovery youth conservation corp positions now open, applications due August 31, 2009

Posted August 24, 2009

HAWP featured on Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ Olelo program: No Na Hanauna Mai: For the Generations to Come this Thursday August 27th at 7:00pm on channel 53.  If you miss the show, you can visit to find OHA show #147 and view it online

Posted August 18, 2009

HAWP invited to participate in NightMarket at Aloha Tower on August 19th from 5-10pm.  The theme for this month is Water: One Drop at a Time and focuses on saving water resources for future generations

Posted August 18, 2009

Latest update from Kohala Watershed Partnership about ARRA Pelekane Bay Restoration Project. article on kick-off event with Senator Inouye

Posted August 7, 2009

HAWP awarded grant from Group 70 Foundation Fund, click here to read press release

Posted August 5, 2009

East Maui Watershed Partnership announces the opening of its annual juried art exhibition open to local Maui artists of all ages.  Click here for the press release and here for the prospectus

Posted July 28, 2009

Various Watershed Partnerships featuring August public events to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Day in the State.  Click here for the press release and event details.

Posted July 1, 2009

Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) awarded $2.69 million in federal stimulus funding to restore Pelekane Bay.  Click here to learn more about the project and also about KWP

Posted June 25, 2009

Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership hiring for two watershed field assistant positions (position one, position two).  Applications due July 3rd.

Posted June 12, 2009

Juried selection for first ever artshow celebrating Hawaii island fauna and flora completed for Hawaii Nei 2009 (co-sponsored by Three Mountain Alliance)

Posted June 12, 2009

Kohala Watershed Partnership featured in West Hawaii Today article about Pelekane Bay

Posted June 1, 2009

•  HAWP invites everyone to a fun in-store fundraiser held from June 3-June 9th at Jamba Juice located at Financial Plaza, 130 Merchant Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 (corner of Merchant and Bishop next to Starbucks).  Jamba Juice is partnering with HAWP to support conservation and protection of Hawaii’s critical watersheds through this week long event.  By bringing in the event flyer (click here to download pdf flyer) to this Jamba Juice location, 20% of any Jamba purchase made (excluding Jamba cards) will go directly to the Hawai’i Association of Watershed Partnerships.  The Merchant street Jamba Juice store hours are Monday-Friday 6:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm (closed Sunday).

•  The Hawai’i Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP) invites everyone to Green Drinks on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 5:30-7:30pm at Brasserie Du Vin located on 1115 Bethel Street.  This free event hosted by HAWP is an opportunity to learn aboutHawaii’s critical watersheds and why they are important to our everyday lives, from providing the water we drink to protecting the oceans we fish and surf.  The event will also be an opportunity to meet and network with other people and organizations interested in watershed management as well as win free prizes.

Posted June 1, 2009

HAWP joins with Animoto for a Cause to produce short videos about Hawaii’s watersheds.  Visit the media and interactive resources section on the watershed page to view

Posted June 1, 2009

Watershed Partnerships identified in an Honolulu Star Bulletin article as helping to create native bird habitats by bringing back native forests and keeping out invasive species

Posted June 1, 2009

Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership featured in Honolulu Advertiser Man, Land and Sea series on land-based pollution affects on coral reefs

Posted May 11, 2009

Imi Pono no ka Aina is now accepting applications for our 2009 enrichment program.  This program is designed to teach students about the native ecosystems, geology, geography, and cultural history of our island.  From the mountain to the sea, students will witness first hand the valuable resources which make up Hawaii Island.  In addition, students will have the important opportunity to learn about different careers in the conservation field and will meet some of the leading resource managers, technicians and biologists working in the field today.  Click here for the flyer, here for application instructions, and here for the application.  Application deadline is May 27, 2009.

Posted May 7, 2009

Three Mountain Alliance honored with U.S. Dept. of Interior Cooperative Conservation Award in Washington D.C., hear about it on Hawaii Public Radio (click on Hawaii News, May 6, 2009 segment) or read the press release and the resulting news stories that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser and

Posted April 27, 2009

Honolulu Advertiser op-ed identifies Watershed Partnerships as helping to protect coral reefs

Posted April 13, 2009

Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership featured in Conservation Can’t Wait video

Posted April 9, 2009

Three Mountain Alliance now hiring for coordinator position (closes April 29).  Please feel free to contact the current coordinator, Tanya Rubenstein, with any questions about the position (ph: 808-985-6197 or email:

Posted March 31, 2009

A survey of the Koolau Forest Reserve funded by the Nature Conservancy identifies the work of the East Maui Watershed Partnership as key for latest rare plant findings.

Posted March 30, 2009

HAWP participated at the State Capitol’s Agriculture Day and was featured on (scroll down).

Posted March 18, 2009

Hawai’i Nei 2009:  An art contest celebrating native species.  The Natural Area Reserves System, the Volcano Art Center Gallery, and the Three Mountain Alliance watershed partnership are proud to present the first juried art exhibition on the Island of Hawai’i celebrating our native flora and fauna.  This exhibition is open to all residents of Hawai’i County, amateur and professional artists of all ages are encouraged to submit works of art celebrating the native plants, animals, and landscapes of our beloved island, our Hawai’i nei.

Exhibition runs June 13 to August 2, 2009 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery.  Entries are due May 29 and 31 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani campus in Volcano Village.  The opening will be on June 13 with a Keiki Reception from 2 pm to 4 pm for keiki artists and their families.  A formal reception will follow in the evening from 5 pm to 7 pm.   Art hikes, workshops, classes, and presentations will be available in months leading up to opening.

For more information, check out the website at or contact Colleen Cole, NARS outreach and education specialist ( or 333-771) for more details.  Hawaii Nei flyer and prospectus.

Posted March 18, 2009

Kohala Mountain Watershed Partnership featured on page 1 in Kohala Mountain News (March 2009)

Posted March 17, 2009

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership hosts Maunalei Arboretum hike March 21st (7:30-1:00pm).  Call Allison or Jill at 661-6600 or e-mail to reserve your spot. Please include your name, phone number, and date you wish to attend.  Must be 18 years or accompanied by an adult.

Posted February 22, 2009

Watershed Partnerships impacted by state budget deficit and facing 40-60% budget cuts, which will significantly affect their ability to protect forested watersheds which service island communities and economies.  Read about impacts and opportunities in related Honolulu Advertiser op-ed, Maui News article, or Maui News op-ed articles.

Posted February 17, 2009

Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships featured on Na Oiwi Lino radio program. Click on 2/9/09 broadcast and fast forward 50 minutes to reach the segment (may need to de-activate pop-up blocker on your browser to access show).

Posted January 30, 2009

Kauai Watershed Alliance’s effort to protect forest in Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Posted January 16, 2009

Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership (LHWRP), along with the Maui Restoration Group, will plant its 50,000th native seedling at Auwahi Forest on Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui to honor kumu Rene Sylva on January 24th.  To participate, contact LHWRP at 808-573-8989 or email  PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED BECAUSE OF AVAILABILITY OF SEATS IN 4WD VEHICLES.  Due to the rough and steep terrain hiking boots that cover the ankle are required and unfortunately, folks without proper boots will have to be turned away. Volunteers should pack layered clothing, raingear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all gear, backpacks and boots and leave hitchhiking seeds behind. Please RSVP as soon as possible to get a seat or if you would like to bring a high-clearance 4WD vehicle that would be greatly appreciated.

Posted January 15, 2009

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Articles featured in both Lahaina News and Haleakala Times.

Posted January 14, 2009

Kohala Watershed Partnership works to help protect rare tree snail.

Posted January 12, 2009

The Management Plan for the East Alakai Protective Fence Project is now available.

Posted December 18, 2008

HAWP website debut article featured in Honolulu Advertiser.

Posted October 16, 2008

Three Mountain Alliance sponsors teacher workshops.  Visit there website to learn more.

Posted October 14, 2008

Kauai Watershed Alliance announces Draft EA for the Alakai Protective Fence Project available for review.  See Draft EA’s Exhibits, Cultural Survey, Archeological Survey, & Botanical Survey

Posted October 10, 2008

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership featured in Lahaina News.

Posted October 1, 2008

Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership featured on KHNL’s Earth and Sea Project.

Posted September 29, 2008

Hawaii’s Watershed Partnerships Model Adopted in Palauand Micronesia.  In 2006, a contingent comprised of representatives from the Palau Conservation Society, several of the states on Babeldaob (Palau’s largest island and 2nd largest in Micronesia) and staff from The Nature Conservancy ‘s Micronesia Program participated in a learning exchange with several of Hawaii’s Watershed Partnerships as well as attended the HAWP Symposium.  The purpose of their visit was to learn more about the Watershed Partnerships to determine if this watershed conservation model had applications for Palau.  Recently  Dr. Sean Austin, Regional Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy’s Micronesia Program, contacted HAWP with exciting news that Palau has successfully  initiated their Watershed Partnership, “the Babeldaob Watershed Alliance is a bit over 2 years old now and it’s incredible how much it has developed in that time.  Four  states have now joined with several others showing significant interest. With assistance from TNC and PCS, the member states have developed an Action Plan , created an awareness campaign, generated tremendous political will among state and traditional leaders and are starting to identify priority areas within key watersheds for more specific management action.”   With assistance from the US Fish and Wildlife Service the BWA recently hired a full-time coordinator  who is working more closely with the current member states and interested states to raise awareness, assist with on-the-ground planning, and develop sustainable funding options.  Sean further reports that TNC and local conservation partners in the region are now  working  to expand the idea to other parts of Micronesia, “we just held the first  Watershed Partnership Learning Exchange by bringing several people (including one traditional leader) from Pohnpei and Kosrae and are now working with those states in the  Federated States of Micronesia to establish similar Alliances/Partnerships there as well.  The long-term goal will be to link these Partnerships and establish a Micronesia-wide Alliance of Partnerships similar to what Hawaiihas done.”

HAWP plans to continue its technical support to assist development of the Watershed Partnership model in this region via exchanges and sharing of lessons learned.  Click here to view an article from the Island Times regarding the Babeldaob Watershed Alliance.

Posted September 19, 2008

Kauai Watershed Alliance featured in Star Bulletin article, “Weed trackers: Advanced technology maps out invasive species in Hawaii.”

Posted September 15, 2008

East Maui Watershed Partnership art contest featured in the Maui News.

Posted September 2, 2008

West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership debuts its new website.  To view, click here.

Posted August 2008

East Maui Watershed Partnership’s Annual Native Species Art Contest Now Open.  To learn more and how to enter by Sept. 30th, visit the EMWP website.

Posted July 16, 2008

Lāna’i Forest and Watershed Partnership officially joins HAWP.

Posted June 30, 2008

Honolulu Advertiser: Kaua’i Watershed Alliance finished protective fence for rare lowland bog.

Posted May 29, 2008

Honolulu Advertiser: Three Mountain Alliance finalizes management plan for over one million acres.

Posted Summer 2007

Ko’olau Mountains Watershed Partnership featured in Division of Forestry and Wildlife Newsletter on the Opening of Poamoho Trail, page 4.

Posted February 2007

American Bird Conservancy Report titled “Top 20 Most Threatened Bird Habitats in the US” features Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership in its Habitat Conservation Spotlight on page 47.

Posted December 2006

Watershed Partnerships identified on page 21 of the State Ocean Resources Management Plan as one solution for reducing land-based sources of pollution affecting coastal water quality

Posted October 25, 2006

Honolulu Weekly reports on annual Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships Symposium. Click here to read the summary.

Posted May 2006

Governor Promotes Water Conservation at American Water Works Annual Conference.  Governor Lingle addressed the state’s water conservation efforts at the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Annual Conference.  The Governor acknowledged the importance of an MOU signed between DLNR and 50 public and private companies in 2005 to form the Hawai`i Association of Watershed Partnerships to conserveHawai`i’s water resources. “This agreement is an example of how the state is making an effort to conserve water,” Governor Lingle said (Governor’s Enewsletter May 6-12, 2006).

Posted August 2005

Hawaii’s Watershed Partnerships featured in “Science in the Public Process of Ecosystem Management: Lessons Learned from Hawaii, Southeast Asia, Africa and the US Mainland.”

Posted April 2003

Newspaper articles related to the formation of HAWP (Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star Bulletin Opinion)