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DLNR NEWS RELEASE: The Coca-Cola Company expands watershed stewardship to Hawai`i

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Latest Department News


First-ever partnership expected to provide model for additional funding of public conservation projects

(HONOLULU) – On April 11, 2017, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Coca-Cola Company and the Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership will announce plans for a new replenishment project designed to help restore and recharge the Waiawa watershed. It is the principle recharge area for the Pearl Harbor Aquifer, which supplies the majority of drinking water for communities across Oʻahu; more than 364 million gallons each day. Under the Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative, the State hopes to protect 253,000 acres of critical watershed like Waiawa by the year 2030. The Koʻolau project becomes one of more than 100 such partnerships Coke supports around the country.


Partnership Kick-off News Conference


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Arrive at 9:45 a.m.

(News Conference begins at 11 a.m.)

WHERE: Waiawa Watershed Overlook

2551 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City


  •        Suzanne Case, Chair, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources
  •        Bruce Karas, Vice-President, Environment & Sustainability, Coca-Cola North America
  •       Tracy Gotthardt, Operations Manager, Koʻolau Mountains Watershed Partnership


RSVP required by 3:30 p.m, Monday, April 10, 2017 to Joshua Mapanao, DLNR Communications Assistant at (808) 587-0418.

The guard at the gate at 2551 Waimano Home Road will provide vehicle parking directions.

The news conference will be at an overlook with views into the Waiawa Watershed. Four-wheel drive shuttles will take participants to the overlook. Please wear closed-toed shoes.

High-definition b-roll/soundbites, photographs and a video news release will be distributed.


Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources

(808) 587-0407