The Hanalei Watershed Action Plan was initially developed as a requirement of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative through a community process in 1999. Since then, it has been updated annually to reflect accomplishments and project developments. Originally envisioned as a five year plan to address community's concerns, it has evolved into a guide for the Hanalei Watershed Hui staff and Board of Directors to plan, fund and implement projects and programs. The original Watershed Action Plan contained forty five project ideas. Some of these projects have been completed, some have  accomplished by other community initiatives and  some are in progress today.

Completed projects include an inventory and assessment of resources of the watershed, published as ”An Ahupua’a Assessment and Monitoring Program To Help Malama Hanalei Ahupua’a” by ]ay Griffin and a monitoring protocol which was developed by HWH staff to meet state and federal criteria for quality assurance.

High priority projects for future funding include sustainable funding for the Hanalei Watershed Hui, the planning and project design of a wastewater treatment facility for Hanalei, development of a Hanalei Watershed Science Center, Leptospirosis research, water science education program, a local flood alert system, a comprehensive flood plain study, protection of Hanalei’s scenic view planes and development of an interpretive walking tour of the Hanalei Watershed.

The Hanalei Watershed Action Plan includes several projects that are in progress and at least partially funded at this time. Many of these projects are partnerships with other community efforts.
Projects include:

  • 25 year road plan: HWH works with the Hanalei Roads Committee and provides community support through partnerships with State and Federal agencies
  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan: This is a US Fish and Wildlife Service program that will provide planning for the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and will include resource assessment of much of Hanalei Valley
  • Coral reef monitoring: This project continues over ten years of study cm the reefs in Hanalei Bay
  • Natural Inventory and Assessment: This is a continuation of the inventory and assessment of the resources of Hanalei
  • New Hanalei overlook: HWH supports the community conversation about this proposal
  • Publishing: HWH supports the publishing of information related to the Hanalei Watershed
  • TMDL: HWH supports a Total Maximum Daily Load study of the Hanalei River funded by the Hawaii State Department of Health
  • Water quality monitoring: HWH continues to provide water quality testing for the waters of the Hanalei Bay Watershed