Stolen Waters

Stolen Waters

Produced by Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina

This video documents the battle over the water in Waiahole Ditch on the island of O’ahu, where taro farmers and long-time residents seek to reclaim the natural stream waters that were taken in the early 1900’s by sugar plantations.

Shot on location in the Windward O’ahu valleys and Waipi’o valley on Hawai’i island, Stolen Waters explores the significance of the deity Kane and his embodiment of the water/rain cycle; Hawaiian tradition and law regarding water use; native stream life; and the delicate balance between the health of the streams, the health of the ocean and the health of the people.

Featuring Pualani Kanahele, Calvin Hoe, Liko Hoe, Kawai Hoe, Charlie Reppun, Robert Nishimoto, Kaipo Faris, Kalani ‘Apuakehau, Kia Fronda, Herbert Hoe, John Kilbey and Albert Badiyo.

Produced in cooperation with the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council as part of an public educational campaign during a major contested case hearing on allocation of the water in Waiahole Ditch.

Produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina

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