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Water rights heroes John and Rose Marie Duey at home in ‘Īao Valley.

Co-authored by Isaac Moriwake and Kapua Sproat

It was like a horrible dream: Native Hawaiians fined for growing food and practicing their culture.

For decades, Native Hawaiian kalo (taro) farmers have fought to restore water flows to rivers and streams that plantation companies have drained dry for over a century. No one ever imagined these farmers could be penalized for trying to carry on the vital and sacred practice of growing kalo to feed their families and communities.

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