Oahu Chapter


Ocean Friendly Gardens & Surfblitz

Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) is part of Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative, and these garden projects offer a direct solution to stormwater runoff, which pollutes our ocean. The OFG program is an integrated approach to water, where you will find resources such as our short, animated film, “The Cycle of Insanity.” At the Oʻahu Chapter, we also emphasize the value of local food security by not only growing plants known for water retention to protect our ocean, but also by growing trees and plants that can produce healthy, local, organic food for our communities.

Read the case study about Oahu’s OFG work here.

Kakaʻako Ocean Friendly Garden

Our Kakaako Ocean Friendly Garden is located at 210 Coral St (right across from the John A. Burns School of Medicine, JABSOM). It is a lot donated to us from Kamehameha Schools where we are growing a large food forest and community gathering space.


As a partnership between Surfrider Oahu and Permablitz Hawaiʻi, this garden has grown from an empty lot to a beautiful thriving garden and a model for ocean protection and local food security.

Check out our events calendar for future garden workdays and workshop.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@oahu.surfrider.org with questions on how to get more involved!

Check out this article in Hawaii News Now about this garden.

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 #Surfblitz

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.


Imagine transforming a yard in one day from a monocrop of grass or a pile of weeds into a permaculture sanctuary that produces food, sequesters carbon, reduces stormwater runoff, and brings community together.

Watch the video below to see more:

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.

If you have a backyard you want to blitz, please use the intake form below to be considered for the next blitz. Minimum requirements are that you are a homeowner and that you can fund the costs of coordination and equipment. We bring the volunteer force!

Ocean-friendly Gardens are Taking Root in Hawaii