E OLA I KA WAI
WATER IS LIFE
Water in Hawaiʻi is a public trust resource, protected under the state Constitution and Water Code. Plantations diverted many Hawaiian streams to water sugar cane and pineapple fields, drying out and destroying the native life and Hawaiian communities connected with those streams. Now that plantations are in decline, the water can be restored to the native streams.
East Maui Students Perpetuate Traditions
Hana Schools Ku’i Program by Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike strives to teach our children the traditions of old.
An UPSTREAM BATTLE
“Wai” is the Hawaiian word for freshwater. Said twice—waiwai—it means wealth. By that measure, the small villages of Ke‘anae and Wailuanui in East Maui should be among the wealthiest. Midway along the scenic Hāna Highway, they sit at the base of the Ko‘olau Forest Reserve, which receives as much as 280 inches of rain per year. Rain-fed streams run from the summit to the sea here, passing through the villages and saturating residents’ lo‘i kalo with fresh water along the way.
Restoring mauka to makai flows, taro patches in Honomanu in East Maui
The Honomanu Valley is composed of the Kolea and Honomanu streams, which are home to native stream habitats, and native plants. Restoration of this stream is challenged with corporation interest by imperialist Mahi Pono, and Alexander & Baldwin.
Support Ahupua’a Restoration
Restoration of Lo’i Kalo, Mala ‘Ai, Muliwai & Kuahiwi Protection, Native Plant Propagation,
Eradication of Invasive Species, Visitor Education, & Water Study Data Collection.