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Waianae Groundwater Management Area Designation

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply is committed to providing safe, dependable and affordable water for O‘ahu’s needs today and in the future. This includes ongoing efforts to increase the protection and management of our island's groundwater resources.

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BWS is petitioning the State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) to designate the Wai‘anae Aquifer Sector Area as a Ground Water Management Area equal to the same level as the rest of O‘ahu aquifers. Currently, and only in Wai‘anae, any landowner can drill a well and pump groundwater for any use with limited regulatory approvals on the amount of use or despite potential detrimental impacts. How familiar are you with efforts to designate Wai‘anae a Groundwater Management Area?

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For more information or to request a meeting, please contact:

Bianca Kai Isaki 
(808) 927-5606

Jonathan Likeke Scheuer
(808) 728-4625

Community Input

In order to increase community awareness and input on this petition, BWS has been meeting with key Wai‘anae stakeholders and has been participating in public forums. These include:

  • A Public Forum, Sponsored by Wai‘anae Aloha ‘Āina
  • City & County of Honolulu Councilmember Andria Tupola (District 1)
  • Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Staff
  • Hawaiian Homes Commission
  • Hawaiian Homes Commission (Nānākuli Community Meeting)
  • Ka Waihona o Ka Na‘auao Charter School Leaders
  • Kingdom Pathways
  • Mohala i ka Wai Group Members
  • Punana o Kaiona
  • State Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM)
  • Wai‘anae Aloha ‘Āina Coordinators
  • Waiʻanae Economic Development Council President
  • Wai‘anae Neighborhood Board
  • Wai‘anae Neighborhood Board (Hawaiian Affairs Committee)
  • Wai‘anae State Senator Maile Shimabukuro (District 21)
  • Wai‘anae State Representative Stacelynn Eli (District 43)
  • Wai‘anae State Representative Cedric Gates (District 44)

Updated: 01/19/2022