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April 10, 2014 | Feature

Restore Stream Flow

Water in Hawaiʻi is a public trust resource, protected under the state Constitution and Water Code. Plantations diverted many Hawaiian streams to water sugar cane and pineapple fields, drying out and destroying the native life and Hawaiian communities connected with those streams. Now that plantations are in decline, the water can be restored to the native streams.

March 3, 2014 | Blog Post

Restoring Instream Flow to Maui's "Four Great Waters"

Under modern Hawaiʻi law, the rivers and streams in question (collectively known as Nā Wai ʻEhā—“The Four Great Waters” of Waihe‘e, ʻĪao (traditionally Wailuku), Waiehu, and Waikapū) are a public trust; but since the sugar plantation era, two companies drained them dry for private profit.

September 6, 2013 | Feature

Grand Canyon Of The Pacific Running Dry

Native Hawaiians living on the rural southwestern shore of Kauaʻi—home of Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"—are witnessing the biggest water grab in the history of their island. Now they're fighting to put a stop to it, by petitioning the state with the help of Earthjustice.

August 4, 2013 | In the News: Hawaii News Now

Petition filed to restore Kauai's Waimea River

A coalition of native Hawaiians and environmental groups has filed a petition with the State Water Commission calling for the removal of the Waiahulu Dam from Waimea River in West Kauai. Every day, fifty million gallons of water are diverted from the river, which at one time hosted thriving populations of native fish and shrimp, to a retired sugar cane plantation.

March 15, 2011 | Audio

Restoring Water Rights In Hawaii

Earthjustice attorneys Isaac Moriwake and Kapua Sproat discuss their decade-long fight to restore freshwater, taken by corporate water users, to the streams in which it rightfully belongs. The cases, which pit large companies against local residents, are often described as David and Goliath struggles and several of Earthjustice's victories have been precedent-setting.

June 24, 2010 | Feature

TAKE ACTION: Support Stream Flow in Maui

Hawai`i residents should contact state and local officials and let them know that you support stream restoration in Na Wai `Eha. For contact information,

June 3, 2010 | Feature

Background on Na Wai `Eha

"The Four Great Waters" have major cultural and environmental importance to the people of Maui, including the growing of taro and the support of healthy fisheries.

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