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The Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa aims to help Hawaiʻi meet our local and global obligations to environmental sustainability, with an emphasis on promoting well-being from the lens of community resilience. ISR provides a campus-wide focus for instructional, research and outreach programs relating to sustainability and resilience in Hawaiʻi, as lessons from our islands can help provide global solutions.

ISR fosters multidisciplinary curricular programs that empower students to meet the critical challenges of bridging local to global, problems to solutions.

For more information, contact: Director of ISR Makena Coffman,, (808) 956-2890, Saunders Hall 113.

To sign up for event announcements via the ISR listserv, please email

Access to Safe Drinking Water

Access to safe freshwater is fundamental to the ongoing sustainability of our island communities. There is no substitute for clean water. The ongoing crisis at Red Hill has reached a new level of public awareness following the most recent leak of the fuel tanks and subsequent confirmation of petroleum detected in the Navy’s drinking water well. As a precaution, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply shut down its Hālawa well, which provides drinking water to 20% of Oʻahu’s urban population. There are multiple agencies and organizations that have been collecting data, information, and helping to shape response. Please see below for resources to learn, get involved and make your voice heard.

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