I Mana I Ka Wai: DHHL Water Law & Advocacy Trainings
On April 14, 2018 at Kūlana ʻŌiwi in Molokaʻi, Ka Huli Ao facilitated the first of ten I Mana I Ka Wai Water Law & Advocacy Trainings for beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands trust across the paeʻāina. Presentations from a range of experts spanned everything from science, to law, and policy. Delwyn Oki, Ph.D., overviewed Molokaʻi’s water resources as well as the United States Geological Survey’s current ground water modeling. Then, Ka Huli Ao Director Kapua Sproat and Post-JD Fellow Mahina Tuteur delved into applicable laws with an emphasis on the rights of Native Hawaiians and homesteaders in particular. Jonathan Scheuer, Ph.D., next provided insight into DHHL’s water policy and how it can be operationalized by homesteaders before William S. Richardson School of Law Students Luʻukia Nakanelua and Mahesh Cleveland walked participants through two case studies. A site visit after the classroom portion of the training offered DHHL beneficiaries a first-hand look at some of their ground water resources.