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Coca-Cola pitches in $200,000 to help save Oahu watershed

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, above center, senior scientist and cultural adviser for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, chanted during a blessing ceremony Tuesday at the Waiawa watershed overlook. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Coca-Cola Co. and the Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership announced plans to fence a key area of the watershed to keep wild pigs out.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Nancy Matsumoto, left; Amy Tsuneyoshi, a Board of Water Supply hydrologist; Sam ‘Ohu Gon III, senior scientist and cultural adviser with The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i; and Cynthia McArthur, national partnership coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, took in the view Tuesday from the Waiawa watershed overlook.

In a deal that state officials hope will be the first of more to come, the Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to contribute financially to a public project aimed at helping to protect a remote watershed area that feeds the aquifer that serves a majority of Oahu’s drinking water. Read more

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