Welcome to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Water Resources Research Center

At WRRC we concentrate on addressing the unique water and wastewater management problems and issues that we in the Pacific face. WRRC serves the state of Hawaii as well as other Pacific islands and elsewhere by researching water-related issues distinctive to these areas. We are Hawaii's link in a network represented in every state as well as Washington, D.C. and three U.S. territories. The centers are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources. Funding comes from University appropriations, from a small federal program administered by the US Geological Survey and in largest part from external grants and contracts.

Our Focus is to:

  • Serve as the Water Research Center in Hawaii and in this capacity to coordinate and conduct research to identify, characterize, and quantify water-related problems in the state of Hawaii.

  • Assist Pacific Island and Asian governments facing water problems similar to those we face in Hawaii by making our expertise available to them.

  • Facilitate access to interdisciplinary expertise within the university to enhance understanding of environmental problems and to identify effective solutions.


Water Resources Research Center
Holmes Hall 283, 2540 Dole St.
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808-956-7847
Fax: 808-956-5044

News and Events

WRRC Spring 2015 Seminars

New Publication - An Overview of Research at WRRC (1964-2013)

Report on Recreational Water Quality Standards Meeting (held Mar. 10-13, 2013)
WRRC Publications Now Available Online!

Other News and Events

Water News

Recent Research

2013 Water Resources Research Institute Program (USGS) Grant Projects

2012 Water Resources Research Institute Program (USGS) Grant Projects

Investigation into Effect of Soil Moisture Depletion on Vegetable Crop Uptake of Microcontaminants Under Recycled Water Irrigation

Water Purification Systems for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response

More Research