By Nina Wu
Hot off the press: Hui O Koolaupoko's "Hawai‘i Residential Rain Garden Manual" is out.
It's available for download at this link or also from Hui O Koolaupoko for $20.
The manual offers homeowners the information they need to build a rain garden to capture and infiltrate storm water from their property. Rain gardens — flat-bottomed depressions in the ground that capture excess water and pollutants from rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots and streets — are low-cost, effective ways to participate in ocean protection.
Students recently built a rain garden on the slopes of Hawaii Pacific University's windward campus next to the Nursing Annex.
Cities like Seattle actually offer a rebate for installing cisterns and rain gardens.
Ko‘olaupoko residents are also eligible to participate in Hui O Koolaupoko's Rain Garden Co-op program, which covers the costs for rain garden materials and recruits volunteers to build one at your home. Visit their website for more information.