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Koolau Poko Watershed Management Plan

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) has completed the development of the district-wide Koolau Poko Watershed Management Plan (KPWMP). The KPWMP will be used to meet the requirements of preparing a county water use and development plan under the State of Hawaii Water Code and City and County of Honolulu ordinance. The BWS is expanding the KPWMP to include a management plan for watershed protection that identifies critical watersheds and develops a list of watershed protection strategies and projects for those watersheds because fresh water is not an infinite resource; its high quality, quantity, and sustainability are essentially linked to the existence of healthy watersheds.

Final Plan

The Koolau Poko Watershed Management Plan was finalized in September 2012.


The overall goal of the KPWMP is to formulate an environmentally holistic, community-based, and economically viable watershed management plan that will provide a balance between:

  • the preservation and management of Oahu's watersheds, and
  • sustainable ground water and surface water use and development to serve present users and future generations.

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Plan Area

Koolau Poko District, from Kualoa to Makapuu Point

District Size

41,512 acres; approximately 118,000 people

Neighborhood Board Areas

Kahaluu, Kailua, Kaneohe, and Waimanalo

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Community Meetings

Throughout the project, the team held several public “working group” meetings and other forms of consultations with community leaders, community groups and organizations, landowners, and public agencies. To see presentation material or notes from various public meetings, please email the BWS Communications Office at contactus@hbws.org.

For More Information

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Townscape, Inc.
Contact: Bruce Tsuchida
Phone: (808) 536-6999
Email: bruce@townscapeinc.com

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Contact: Barry Usagawa
Phone: (808) 748-5900
Email: busagawa@hbws.org