Ala Wai

An international design challenge has been announced to rehabilitate the Ala Wai watershed, according to a UH News press release.

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress, University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner announced the "Make the Ala Wai Awesome" Student Design Challenge, with a $10,000 reward for winning entries.

This challenge hopes to incorporate students and their creativity to help solve issues affecting the Ala Wai watershed and restore it as an important natural and cultural resource.

“We are seeking ideas from the brightest young minds around the world to help us envision an inspiring, large-scale, systems thinking approach towards comprehensive ecosystem restoration of the Ala Wai watershed,” Lassner said.

The Ala Wai watershed is one of the most polluted watersheds in the nation containing pollutants such as nitrogen, sediments and pesticides coming from communities and neighborhoods.

“This project is an important opportunity to restore our natural and cultural resources in the Ala Wai Watershed, where the challenges are daunting and the economic stakes are enormous,” said Neil Hannahs, chairman of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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