DHHL beneficiaries gathered after the event in Waimea for a group photo
DHHL beneficiaries gathered after the event in Waimea for a group photo

On Saturday, May 19, 2019, Ka Huli Ao held its I Mana I Ka Wai Water Law and Advocacy Training in Waimea on the island of Hawai’i.  The training marked the ninth of ten such trainings to be held statewide in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (“DHHL”).  At the training, Professor Kapua Sproat and Post-J.D. Fellow Mahina Tuteur provided an introduction to the relevant legal and cultural frameworks.  Dr. Jonathan Likeke Scheuer shared insight into DHHL’s water policy, and Roy Hardy, Groundwater Program Manager for the Hawaiʻi State Commission on Water Resources Management, provided an overview of the area’s water resources.

The day was filled with lively discussions and important insight into the future of Waimea’s water resources and management options.  At the end of the workshop, Tereariʻi Chandler-ʻĪao guided participants through a case study focused on implementing resiliency planning.  The Kailapa Community Association identified Water Management Area designation in its recent climate resiliency planning efforts as a valuable pathway to protect the long-term sustainability of fresh water sources in the Kohala Mountains.  Such action provides the State Commission on Water Resource Management with additional tools to more closely monitor water usage, related permits, and stream health. 

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