Impending HC&S Closure Raises Questions About Future of East, West Maui Diversions

posted in: February 2016 | 0

With Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar’s announcement that it will be harvesting its last crop of sugarcane this year, the question looms large: What’s going to happen to the hundreds of millions of gallons of stream water diverted daily from East and West Maui to feed the thirsty crop?

If what happened in the Waiahole Ditch case on O`ahu after the closure of Amfac’s sugar plantation in mid-1990s provides any clue, it’s more than likely that much of the water will be returned to the streams of origin. Exactly how much and when remains to . . .

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