Oahu Chapter


Ocean Friendly Gardens & Surfblitz

Ocean Friendly Gardens is part of Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative, an integrated approach to water, where you will find resources such as our short, animated film, “The Cycle of Insanity.”

Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Gardens & Permablitz Hawai‘i join forces to form #Surfblitz

Surfrider Foundation Ocean Friendly Gardens & Permablitz Hawai‘i join forces to form #Surfblit

Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) revive our under-hydrated watersheds and polluted oceans by applying CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention – to our landscapes and hardscapes:

  • C – Conserve water and wildlife habitat with native or climate appropriate plants.
  • P – Permeable, living soil and hard surfaces that runoff to landscapes to filter pollutants, sponge up water for plants to tap into during dry months, and absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • R – Retain rain as the first source of irrigation.


In 2014, Surfrider Oahu joined forces with Permablitz Hawaii to leverage our volunteer networks in creating edible gardens. The effort combines the goals of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden program with the permaculture principles of Permablitz Hawaii to both protect our oceans from runoff and grow local food.

This partnership between Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaii is making magic happen. Watch the video below to see more:

80% of ocean pollution comes from land, eroding stream banks and creates flooding. Also, nutrients from fertllizers are a major cause of ocean acidification. The water could irrigate landscapes, recharge groundwater and help ensure base stream flows. Plus, plants do not need chemicals and commercial fertilizers. Click here to learn more about the problem. Read about how soil works to “sponge up” water, pollution, and carbon dioxide.

Ocean-friendly Gardens are Taking Root in Hawaii