Board Talk: Wai‘oli Taro Farming Hui Wins Permit, Perpetual Easement for Ancient ‘Auwai

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Nearly a year ago, the Board of Land and Natural Resources granted a 55-year easement and a right-of-entry permit to allow a non-profit group of Hanalei taro farmers to repair and maintain the ancient, pre-contact Hawaiian irrigation system that they rely on and which was destroyed by devastating floods in April 2018.

The farmers, who formed the Wai‘oli Valley Taro Hui, Inc., produce the vast majority of the state’s locally grown taro, and many of them come from families who’ve tended the fields there . . .

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