Land Board Grants Permits, Easements For ‘Auwai Repair Projects in East Maui
In the midst of a years-long legal battle with the state Board of Land and Natural Resources over its decisions to allow Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., to divert water from East Maui streams for agricultural uses in the island’s central plain, native Hawaiian taro farmers who are plaintiffs in the case have been working with the state — albeit a different agency — on identifying and completing $4.5 million worth of improvements to ancient water channels, or ‘auwai, that feed their fields . . .
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