Water in Hawai`i is a public trust resource, protected under the State constitution and Water Code. Government agencies, including the Water Commission, have a duty to protect and restore ecological uses, traditional and customary Hawaiian practices, recreation, and scenic values. "Instream flow standards" are the minimum flows necessary to sustain these uses and are the primary tool to protect streams and the public uses dependent upon them.
Hui o Na Wai `Eha and Maui Tomorrow, represented by Earthjustice, are petitioning the State Commission on Water Resource Management to stop wasteful water diversions and to restore the Waihe`e, North & South Waiehu, `Iao, and Waikapu Streams, traditionally known as "Na Wai `Eha" or "The Four Great Waters."
Hawai`i residents should contact state and local officials and let them know that you support stream restoration in Na Wai `Eha:
- Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa's Office: (808) 270-7855 or Mayors.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maui Council Services: email@example.com
- Hawai`i residents can also participate in community meetings and hearings on this issue. If you would like to be added to an email list to receive periodic updates and other information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org