The Hawai‘i Association of Conservation Districts (HACD) are comprised of 16 Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout the State of Hawai‘i. HACD and the SWCDs work together in a variety of ways to help protect and sustain Hawai‘i’s natural environment.

About the SWCDs

The Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are legally constituted self-governing sub-units of the Hawaii state government organized under the 1947, Hawaii Soil and Water Conservation District Law, known as Chapter 180.  Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 180, as amended, outlines the duties and powers of the SWCDs to administer and conduct soil and water conservation activities within the State of Hawaii.  Since 1967, the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has provided the SWCDs with funding and administrative support.

Formation of the 16 SWCDs

On May 2, 1948, the first Soil Conservation District (SCD), re-designated as the SWCDs by an approved bill in May 1961, in Hawaii was formed in Olinda-Kula located on Maui.  The following is a list of the 16 SWCDs (year organized), throughout the State of Hawaii today:

  • Olinda-Kula (5/2/1948)
  • Molokai-Lanai (8/19/1948)
  • Waiakea (9/6/1949)
  • West Oahu (1/4/1950)
  • Ka`u (10/3/1950)
  • Puna (10/3/1950)
  • South Oahu (11/19/1952)
  • Kona (6/18/1953)
  • East Kauai (6/26/1953)
  • West Kauai (6/26/1953)
  • Hana (9/3/1953)
  • West Maui (11/15/1954)
  • Mauna Kea (5/16/1955)
  • Central Maui (6/6/1957)
  • Windward Oahu (11/22/1962)
  • Hamakua (7/17/1990)

Each of the districts are governed by a board of five directors, three elected by agricultural land-users or land-owners and two appointed by the SWCD directors.   In order to aid the districts and their directors, associate directors can also be appointed.  These SWCD directors and associate directors are volunteers who are concerned about the well-being of our communities and sustainability of our island’s natural resources.