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"We worked to educate out lāhui so that folks realized that this was about more than restoring any one stream. This was about Hawaiʻi's future and whether Maoli communities would have the resources to continue to live in these islands and perpetuate our culture ā mau loa" - Kalā Hoe
Stolen Waters (video) by
Publication Date: 2005
Gives a historical overview of how the sugar planters diverted stream water from windward Oahu to the Ewa plains by building the Waiāhole Ditch. Focuses on the central issue of returning this water to residents and taro farmers in Waiāhole and Waikane to enable them to restore stream ecosystems which are conducive to growing taro and which would revitalize native stream life. Available online via ʻŌiwitv
Hoʻi Ka Wai : the Waiāhole Stream Restoration by
Call Number: TD225.W125 L44 1997
Publication Date: 1997
This article is a both a historical account and collection of photographs with personal accounts of the struggle for the restoration of Waiāhole Stream.
Waiāhole-Waikāne (book chapter) by
Call Number: DU624.65 .N358 2014
Publication Date: 2020
In A Nation Rising : Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty p.48-65. An essay covering both evictions and water struggles of Waiāhole and Waikāne from the 1970s through the 1990s. Available online via ProQuest Ebook.
Waiāhole and Waikāne Court Case (video) by
Call Number: Streaming
Publication Date: 2017
Recorded off-air from the Sept. 5, 1997 telecast of the program First Friday. Discussion of the Waiāhole and Waikāne water case, water codes, the proposed decision of the Water Commission, and the makawai stream restoration. The environmental advantages of healthy stream flow especially on native species. Also Hawaiian water rights. Available online via UH Streaming Videos for UHM patrons.
Waiāhole Water (video) by
Call Number: Streaming
Publication Date: 1994
Telecast Sept. 1994, on the program First Friday, the unauthorized news, on ATTN, Honolulu. Discussion of Waiāhole water issues with water resources researcher George Hudes and taro farmer Herbert Hoe. Available online via UH Streaming Videos for UHM patrons.
Indigenous Resistance in an Era of Climate Change Crisis by
Call Number: HX1 .R33
Publication Date: 2019
In an era of climate change crisis precipitated by global extraction of resources and defended by a military-industrial complex, Kanaka Maoli, or the First Peoples of Hawai’i, have struggled over the decades to resist the militarization of our homeland. The struggle for return of land is intrinsically tied to the resistance to military and the capitalistic exploitation via the development, occupation, and sale of our homelands. By exploring the key struggles of the Kalama Valley and Wai’ahole/Waikane resistance, the reawakening of culture reveals how indigenous systems of sustainability, based on traditional technology and science, provide a pathway forward during these troublesome times. Available online via EBSCOhost & Duke University Press for UHM patrons.
Water and power in Hawai'i: The Waiāhole Water Case and the future of the islands by
Publication Date: 2002
This dissertation examines the Waiāhole Water Case, a battle before the Hawai'i Commission on Water Resource Management and Hawaii's Supreme Court. Examines how the windward and leeward parties used power, portrayals and science to debate the central issues of the case: the future of agriculture, the rights of Hawaiians, and the protection of the environment. The way these arguments were treated by policy makers and how that affected the final outcome is then examined. Available online via ProQuest for UHM patrons.
Water and the Law in Hawai'i by
Call Number: DU627.7.W55 K73 1994
Publication Date: 2004
Provides an intellectual and legal framework for understanding both the past and future of Hawai‘i's freshwater resources. In placing Hawaii water law in the context of its historical development, the author condenses an enormous amount of information on traditional Hawaiian social structure and mythology. How water use permits will play out in a variety of circumstances that may arise in the future, and he discusses the interrelationship between the State Water Code and the common law on water rights. Available online via EBSCOhost Ebooks for UHM patrons.
Water issues. (video) by
Call Number: Streaming
Publication Date: 1995
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund attorney Denise Antolini, attorney Ron Albu, Waiāhole farmer Charles Reppun, and State Representative Annelle Amaral discuss water issues in Hawaiʻi. Topics include: significant water legislation and court decisions, water rights for sugar companies and local farmers, and the state's Commission on Water and Resource Management. Available online via UH Streaming Videos for UHM patrons.
Ola i ka wai : a legal primer for water use and management in Hawai'i by
Call Number: KFH446 .S67 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Ola I Ka Wai provides a community-oriented introduction to Hawai`i water law for those wanting to better understand their rights and the overall legal and cultural landscape. Summarizes and explains major Hawai`i laws and issues, and directs readers to available resources.
East Maui Water 1990s-current
Release our Water : Hawaiians on issues affecting east Maui (video) by
Publication Date: 2008
This video covers the historical complications of the water diversions in East Maui. Speakers include Eddie Wendt, Na Moku Aupuni o Koolau; Steven Hookano, taro farmer; Kaui Kanakaole, Eastside Hui; "Boy" Hanchett, Hana cowboy; John Lind, CJ "Boom" Helekahi, musician; Muriel Hanchett, and Hāna kūpuna.
Legal geographies and political ecologies of water allocation in Maui, Hawai‘i by
Publication Date: 2020
Using qualitative fieldwork, including interviews, participant observation, and archival data collection, to explore two recent and ongoing legal cases around water allocation in Maui: Nā Wai ‘Ehā and East Maui. The research uses legal geography and political ecology to examine the use of the public trust doctrine in challenging water allocation practices in Maui, specifically focusing on the concepts of legal pluralism and socioenvironmental hybridity. We examine the ways in which plural legal processes and precedents have developed and combined in place-specific ways, and connect legal pluralism with ideas of hybridity from nature-society geography. Available online via Elsevier ScienceDirect for UHM patrons.
Sproat, D. Kapua‘ala. “A Question of Wai: Seeking Justice through Law for Hawaiʻi’s Streams and Communities.” In A Nation Rising, 199–219. New York, USA: Duke University Press, 2020, 208.