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The purpose of the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund is to provide for the purchase of or to otherwise acquire real estate or any interest therein for land conservation in the City for the following purposes:

Protection of watershed lands to preserve water quality and water supply;

Preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas and agricultural lands;

Public outdoor recreation and education, including access to beaches and mountains;

Preservation of historic or culturally important land areas and sites;

Protection of significant habitats or ecosystems, including buffer zones;

Conservation of land in order to reduce erosion, floods, landslides, and runoff; and

Acquisition of public access to public land and open space.


In 2006, Honolulu voters approved Charter Question 3, which set aside a half-percent of real property tax revenues for land conservation purposes (Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu 1973 (2000 Edition), Chapter 2, Section 9-204(a)).  Pursuant to the charter amendment, in 2007, the Honolulu City Council established the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund (Ordinance 07-18) and the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission (Resolution  07-355 CD1). 

The City Council appointed nine members to the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission ("Commission").  Since 2007, the Commission has developed a fair, balanced, and transparent process that they use in making their recommendations to the City Council.  Commission members come from a variety of conservation, science, education, policy, and cultural backgrounds.

The role of the Commission includes, but is not limited to, advising the Council on 1) Developing priorities applicable to expenditures from the fund for land conservation, and 2) Formulating recommendations on applying these priorities to the proposed and approved expenditures from the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund.  To serve this purpose, the Commission has developed three documents that form and guide their decision making process.  These documents are (a) the Commission's Policy on Priorities; (b) the Application for Funding, and (c) the Commission's Matrix.

After receiving applications for specific projects, the Commission reviews them carefully, invites public comment, and holds public hearings to review and assess the merits of each application.  It will then forward its recommendations on the applications received to the City Council for further review and action. 

Actual funding for any given recommendation by the Commission, is a part of the City's annual budgeting process.

                                            COMMISSION FUNDING CYCLE

If you are interested in receiving funding, please submit an application during the eligible period.


          The application is now available on this site. Click on the link below to get the application and instructions. 

                                                         APPLICATION FOR FUNDING                                                      

For more information please contact

Commission meetings are held in the City Council Committee Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor in Room 205 at 530 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

BROCHURE Clean Water & Natural Lands Fund (pdf)


Annual Reports




Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 29, 2014