I Mana I Ka Wai: DHHL Water Law & Advocacy Trainings
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, the I Mana I Ka Wai Water Law and Advocacy Training took place on the island of Lānaʻi. The training marked the sixth of ten such trainings to be held statewide in partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (“DHHL”). More than 25 community members, including DHHL beneficiaries from Lānaʻi and Maui, were in attendance to receive 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, and 2018 Law School graduate Mahesh Cleveland and Post-J.D. Fellow Tereariʻi Chandler-ʻĪao guided workshop participants through two case studies focused on Lānaʻi water issues. The day was filled with lively discussion and important insight into the future of Lānaʻi’s water resources and management options.
Following the training, community members attended a site visit to Pūlama Lānaʻi’s well and reservoir in Kōʻele, as well as the wastewater reclamation system that produces R-1 recycled water for use as irrigation.