West Oahu SWCD


About West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

Mission: Coordinate and facilitate partners and governmental agencies in identifying and implementing projects and practices to assure the protection of Hawaii’s environment.

Districts work closely with county, state and federal governments and both public and private organizations in a non-regulatory capacity.  Districts carry out a comprehensive conservation program that protects and improves the natural resources while assisting private landowners in using conservation practices. Since 1950, the West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnership has been integral in addressing serious problems across the state including soil erosion and water quality.

Farmers and agriculture land owners and operators are eligible to apply at no cost as SWCD Cooperators. Cooperators may develop conservation plans and submit them for review at monthly SWCD meetings. Cooperators who implement SWCD approved conservation plans may be excluded from the City and County of Honolulu grading, grubbing, & stockpiling permits [C&C Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (ROH) 14-13.5(d)] and fees.


To apply as a cooperator, complete our fillable form found here and present it at one of our meetings, which are typically on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Contact [email protected] for details.


If you are new to the District, review our “What is a SWCD” flier.  It shares who are are and how we can help. 

For more detailed information – The West Oahu informational flier shares information on the work we do and how other partners are interrelated.  This part gets a bit confusing.  Feel free to call or email with questions. 

Want to join as a Cooperator?  This step by step flowchart details the process as well as some of the resources you need. 

Each Cooperator develops a conservation plan. 808 Planner is an online tool that allows you to develop a conservation plan for your farm by identifying conservation practices that meet your resource objectives. Other conservation planning support is available including Technical Service Providers like Oahu RC&D and Certified Conservation Planners with NRCS.  Every organization and site operates a little differently.  Connecting with the different service providers will help you identify the organization, timeline and fee structure that works best for you. 

Stay informed about what’s happening in ag on Oahu when you read our monthly newsletter.  Subscribe today (to the right). View our e-news archive for older publications.

Staff is supported by donations, grants, and contracts.  Donate here. Mahalo to our fiscal sponsor, ORCD.

Contact Information for West Oahu SWCD:

West Oahu SWCD 

Mailing Address: PO Box 172, Kunia, HI 96759

Office Address: 92-1770 Kunia Road, Kunia HI 96759
Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestOahuSWCD/

Staff: Michelle Gorham, Manager 


Meetings are typically held the 4th Tuesday of the month. Join our newsletter mailing list to stay current on meeting times, dates, and locations.  Meeting Minutes