I MANA I KA WAI: DHHL WATER LAW & ADVOCACY TRAININGS
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Ka Huli Ao held its I Mana I Ka Wai Water Law and Advocacy Training in Kona on the island of Hawaiʻi. The training marked the eighth of ten such trainings to be held statewide in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (“DHHL”). Community members received information about the specific laws that protect DHHL water rights, Traditional & Customary Native Hawaiian practices, and other Public Trust purposes. This partnership between DHHL and Ka Huli Ao aims to deepen the Native Hawaiian community’s collective knowledge so we may be empowered by our fresh water resources.
At the training, Professor Kapua Sproat and Post-J.D. Fellow Tereariʻi Chandler-ʻĪao provided an introduction to the relevant legal and cultural frameworks. Dr. Jonathan Likeke Scheuer shared insight into DHHL’s water policy, before Tereariʻi Chandler-ʻĪao guided workshop participants through a case study focused on actualizing DHHL’s water reservations.