Welcome to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Hawaii Section.  AWWA is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply.  Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world.  Its more than 50,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.

Membership is divided into 43 sections that conduct seminars and lectures throughout the year for both the members and the public.  Technical papers and presentations are given and discussed at the annual meeting.

The AWWA Hawaii Section was established in 1975 and is dedicated to the promotion of public health and welfare in the provision of drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient quantity for Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and other Pacific American Commonwealths, Trusts, Territories, and possessions. 

The purpose of the AWWA Hawaii Section is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge concerning the improvement of practice in the design, construction, operation and management of water works and all related activities.  The AWWA Hawaii Section must be proactive and effective in advancing the technology, science, management, and government policies relative to the stewardship of water.

  Chair, Mike Street


Juanita Colon - Winter 2017-2018

Aloha Kakou! We had a successful 5th Annual Joint Pacific Water Conference hosted by the AWWA-Hawaii Section and the Hawaii Water Environment Association.

The theme for this year’s conference was “I ola pono na wai Hawai’i – Enhancing Hawai’i’s Water Environment.” How do we enhance our water environment for Hawai’i? I believe it’s through collaboration, understanding and education.

  • Collaboration—working together, partnering with different agencies and community organizations to ensure our resources are managed and cared for in a way we can sustain current and future needs.
  • Understanding—understanding the importance of our resources, understanding the cultural connections we have to our resources and most importantly understanding each other.
  • Education—educating ourselves of the different methods, science, and technologies available to us to make our work easier. Educating our community on the roles that we all play both as consumers and as industry professionals in ensuring our resources are protected.

How do you Enhance Hawai’i’s Water Environment.

This year’s conference committee was hard at work putting together a great technical program for all attendees. Thank you to co-chairs Susan Mukai, Puna Kaneakua, and Emily Dong, conference committee members, and volunteers for your endless time and effort in organizing the conference. Thank you to their bosses and companies for allowing these members the time needed away from their normal work.

Thank you AWWA President Brenda Lennox; Brenley McKenna with the Water Research Foundation; and keynote speaker Vicky Andersen from Water for People for being a part of the conference.

Thank you to our sponsors and Hawaii Convention Center staff. Without the support from all of our sponsors, exhibitors,companies, organizations, bosses, and staff, a great conference would not have been possible. So mahalo to you all.

Ho'omaika'i and a job well done to all of our participants and winners of the pipe tapping competition, top ops competition, student poster contest,
and photo contest.

Please join us at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center in June for ACE 2018.

Hawaii has a tradition of looking to our ali’i and kupuna, our leaders and elders for inspiration and knowledge. So I'll end with some words of wisdom from Liholiho - Kamehameha II. It reinforces the thought that we rely on ike kupuna- traditional knowledge and practices. When Liholiho traveled abroad to Europe he received compliments from other monarchs who praised his wisdom. He responded to this praise by saying, "Na wai ho'i ka 'ole o ke akamai, he alahele i ma'a i ka hele 'ia e o'u mau makua." "Who would not be wise on a path walked upon by my parents and ancestors?" In his response he did two things. First, he acknowledged his kūpuna, his ancestors and their intelligence. He understood that because his ancestors were smart, innovative and wise; they had taught these things to him, so he, too had inherited those same qualities. Second, he showed his confidence in his upbringing. We learn valuable lessons from Liholiho. Although he was being praised he returned that praise and glory to the source, his kūpuna. As parents and adult role models, we can instill in our community, in our keiki, this same kind of confidence. We can pass our knowledge, values, and love of our water resources to our keiki and community.

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