Kawainui Marsh on Oahu, Hawaii is a RAMSAR wetland of international importance. It is the largest remaining wetland in Hawaii and has important cultural significants to the Hawaiian people.
A draft Master Plan envisioning the future of Kawainui Marsh has been published and is available here.
The Kailua Community has been working to achieve this plan since the early 50ʻs when the community blocked plans to turn the marsh into a residential marina. Currently, the community is split with strong faction wanting the marsh left as it is and an equally strong group supporting the plan. There is consensus that the marsh provide an important flood control function and that protection of endangered species and providing opportunities for Hawaiian Cultural Practices are important. The split comes in the details of what should be implemented.