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Koolau Mountain Range

Koolau Mountain Watershed Partnership (KMWP)

koolau range Goal

Protect the mauka forested watersheds that fall in the forestry reserve boundary. Some previous projects involve surveying lands to record what's on the property- natives species (rare and endangered), fencing projects to protect the resources from pigs and goats, and invasive species control. The BWS funds natural resource work in priority watershed areas (as funding is available).


Comprised of landowners in the Koolau Mountains: Bishop Museum, BWS, Dole Food Company Inc., Hawaii Reserves Inc., Hiipaka LLC dba Waimea Valley, Kamehameha Schools, Kualoa Ranch, Oahu Country Club, Ohulehule Forest Conservancy LLC, Queen Emma Land Company, State Agribusiness Development Corporation, State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Tiana Partners, et al, University of Hawaii at Manoa/Lyon Arboretum, U.S. Army, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Refuges. Founding members include Department of Land and Natural Resources, Agribusiness Development Corporation, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, U.S. Army, BWS, Queen Emma Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, Manana Valley Farms, Tiana Partners, Bishop Museum, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii Reserves Inc., and Oahu Country Club.

Associate Partners

The Nature Conservancy, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, State Department of Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Geological Survey.

Recent Funders

Bill Healy Foundation, Captain Planet, BWS, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Joint Chief's Landscape Restoration Partnership (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Forest Service), Kamehameha Schools, National Environmental Education Foundation, Oahu Awesome Foundation, Patagonia, Pono Project, State of Hawaii (Department of Land and Natural Resources, Natural Areas Reserve Fund and the Watershed Partnership Program), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Recent Projects

Waiawa Leptospermum scoparium control, and Wailupe fountain grass control.

Waihee Ahupuaa Initiative


Restore and protect Waihee/Kahaluu watershed.


Board of Water Supply, Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project (KEY), and Hui O Koolaupoko.


Fish passage project to restore oopu access to the upper stream. In 2003, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed during "Make a Difference" Day in Waihee.

Waianae Mountain Range

Waianae Mountain Range Partnership (WMWP)


Working together to protect, restore, and enhance the Waianae Mountains watersheds while incorporating traditional, cultural, and community values for future generations. The overall goal of the Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership (WMWP) is to cooperatively develop and implement management strategies for the Waianae Mountains, mauka to makai. The partnership will bring people together to responsibly manage watershed areas, native species and their habitats, and historical, cultural and socio-economic resources for all who benefit from the continued health of all the Waianae Mountains ahupuaa. The BWS funds natural resource work in priority watershed areas (as funding is available).


BWS, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Gill-Olson Joint Venture, MAO Organic Farms (Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation), U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii, and Kaala Farms, Inc.

Recent Projects

Vegetative firebreak installation and fence construction to protect dry-mesic forest in Makaha.

Mohala I Ka Wai: Waianae and Makaha Partnership

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Restore the valley and stream in Makaha.


Members of Mohala I Ka Wai and Kaala Farm, Inc. include Waianae High School, Nanakuli High School, Makaha Elementary School, Hoa Aina o Makaha, and more...


To do stream monitoring, rainfall data collection, restoration of archaeological sites and reduce the amount of pumping from Makaha wells for five years to see if it will benefit the stream.


Develop a master plan for Makaha valley with Townscape and start the beginning stages of restoring the area for loi restoration and restore stream flow.

Oahu Army Natural Resource Program (OANRP)


Assist the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program with actions in the Makua and Oahu Implementation Plans.


Army and BWS along with other land owners in the Waianae mountains. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Army was signed to assist with the implementation of the Makua Implementation Plan.


Multiple fences in Makaha to protect native forests. Threat control and restoration efforts are ongoing.


Kaala bog fence. Ongoing efforts to fence the bog on Kaala to keep out the pigs, with the Army and State.

Other Projects & Partnerships

Halau Wai Manoa


The BWS is exploring the possibility of creating a place-based, hands-on learning area to promote the goals of forest restoration, watershed protection, water conservation, and sustainable agriculture.

Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA)

In August 2019, BWS invited members of the public to comment on and to provide input on the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for Halau Wai Manoa. The DEA appeared in the August 8, 2019 issue of The Environmental Notice from the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC). Feedback was accepted until 11:59 PM HST on Monday, September 9, 2019.

halau wai manoa draft environmental assessment info

Hawaii Snail Extinction Prevention Program (SEP)


The BWS works with SEP to survey and monitor rare and endangered snail species on BWS lands.

Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC)

waihole waikane Goal

Our sole purpose is to share resources in combating invasive alien species. OISC members plan and coordinate control of recently introduced plants and animals that threaten natural areas, watersheds, the economy, and quality of life on Oahu. OISC members voluntarily stop Oahu's worst new pests before they spread.

The BWS funds OISC to survey, monitor and control their incipient target species - primarily Miconia - on BWS lands and priority watershed areas (as funding is available).


Voluntary partnership of 17 government agencies, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and individuals.

Oahu Plant Extinction Prevention Program (OPEPP)


The BWS works with OPEPP to survey, monitor, and maintain their target species - endangered plants with less than 50 individuals left in the wild on Oahu.

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