The Hanalei Watershed Hui (HWH) is a 501c3 community based nonprofit that was established in 2000 to implement the Hanalei Watershed Action Plan. Supported by Federal, State, County, organizational and individual contributions, the HWH has garnered and coordinated support for scientific investigation and the collection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the four ahupua’a of the Hanalei Bay watersheds, (Hanalei, Wai’oli, Waip?, and Waikoko).
HWH has launched a comprehensive effort to coordinate and foster community participation in the development of an Integrated Resource Management Plan. Supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Environmental Protection Agency, State of Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), DLNR Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE), University of Hawaii (UH), Castle Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaii Community Stewardship Network and community contributions, components of the plan are now in process.
The “pieces of the puzzle” are…. Hanalei Mauka Makai Watch Program, Hanalei fishing survey, Hanalei Community Resiliency Survey, Hanalei Watershed Based Plan, Hawaii State Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) rules, County Parks Master Plan, and the USFWS Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
In its work, HWH builds on the strengths that Hanalei has from extensive Traditional Ecological Knowledge from practitioners and contemporary knowledge now available from scientific investigation gathered over a decade. These components will link the science, management and policy at an ecosystem level and promote public awareness and community participation in the development of a comprehensive integrated resource management plan. It is hoped this plan will enhance the health of the community including marine resources and support conscious reaction to unplanned events, otherwise known as “community resiliency”.