The East Maui Stream Restoration Study is a hui with efforts to restore natural flow to all diverted streams.
We are the Ko'olau Watershed. Our watershed is our source of life. From Huelo to Nahiku, these mountains & streams are home to our native ecosystems. Many of our native Hawaiian plants are in danger of extinction, due to a number of factors like diverted streams, invasive species introductions, and climate change.
We challenge the current instream flow standard (IFS) for East Maui streams. Diversions clearly affect streamflow, leaving some downstream completely dry, which adversly affect kuleana, and Hawaiian rights, traditional and custmary practices, stream ecology, water quality, recreational activities, and aesthetics.
Native Hawaiians are genealogically connected to ko pae 'aina Hawai'i as both the ancestral homeland and the elder sibiling of Hawaiian aboriginals in traditional belief systems. This relationship is integral to Native Hawaiian identity and is distictive from that of other groups who live an work in the Hawaiian Islands.
“Kanaka Maoli” is a term that native Hawaiians use to refer to themselves and their culture. It has become associated with poets who attempt to honor the use of native Hawaiian language in their work, either exclusively or as a rich hybrid of vernacular, pidgin, and native words.
He Ali'i Ka 'Aina, He Kauwa ke Kanaka; Land is Chief, Man is its Servant.
It is our kuleana as Kanaka Maoli to manage and protect our natural resources, for the righteousness of our 'aina and all generations to come.