Water Rights

Isaac Moriwake / Earthjustice

The possible sale of Molokaʻi Ranch is driving a community-led effort to end century-old diversions of the island’s stream water. The ranch continues to use water although its operations were shut down more than a decade ago. 

Ryan Finnerty

Hawaiʻi lawmakers wrapped up their 2019 legislative session Thursday with an olive branch extended to Gov. David Ige.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Farmers and ranchers from across the state met with Governor David Ige and legislators today in an attempt to revive a contentious water rights bill. The group says without House Bill 1326, hundreds of Hawaiʻi’s farmers and ranchers would lose their access to water at the end of the year.

East Maui Irrigation Co.


Legislation to preserve rights for private users of Hawai’i’s fresh stream water died yesterday.


East Maui Irrigation Co.

State lawmakers are weighing a bill that would allow a dozen private users statewide, including Alexander and Baldwin, to continue to divert fresh stream water temporarily. The interim permits would remain in place until the state can issue long-term water leases. Critics say the measure ignores the impact even temporary diversions can have on public trust uses like taro farming.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Senate voted on a number of key House Bills yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Town Square: Water Rights

Apr 27, 2016
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  Where’s the water and who gets it? Our panel takes a big picture look at Hawai‘i’s available water for urban, agricultural and cultural use…and competing interests that aren’t going away. Guests: Bill Tam, former DLNR Deputy Director, retired from the Water Commission; Tom Giambelluca Professor of Geography, UH Manoa; and Kapua Sproat, Assistant Professor with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program.