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Agriculture In Hawaii

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Hawaii Coffee Farmers: State Policy Is Putting Crops At Risk

Growers want Hawaii to adopt a strict federal policy designed to protect Hawaii coffee from invasive species.

Oahu Nonprofit Uses Backyard Aquaponics To Promote Healthy Eating Phoebe Hwang/ Courtesy of MALAMA Project

Oahu Nonprofit Uses Backyard Aquaponics To Promote Healthy Eating

A new UH study is looking at whether the program has led to an improved diet and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiian families.

Kauai County Buys 400 Acres In Waimea Kauai County

Kauai County Buys 400 Acres In Waimea

The $5.3 million sale of agriculture land could be used for recreation, housing or economic uses, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said.

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal U.S. District Court

Federal Judge Rules Toxic Water Discharged Off Kauai Is Illegal

Pesticides, heavy metals, sediment and other pollutants have been discharged by a state agency through an illegal plantation-era ditch system since 2015.

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Ruling In Maui Water Case Still Doesn’t Resolve Old Dispute

The state appellate court has asked a lower court to answer key questions.

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Native Hawaiian Taro Farmer Has Been Fighting A&B For Decades

The result has been bittersweet. Stream water was restored to his East Maui land three years ago, but so many others gave up traditional taro farming during the long battle.

Ige Calls For Reconsideration Of Water Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Calls For Reconsideration Of Water Bill

The governor says passage of the stalled measure is in the public interest but critics called it an abuse of Ige’s position.

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill Hawaii Farm Bureau

Chad Blair: Inside The Legislature’s Backroom Brawl Over A Water Rights Bill

Hawaii lawmakers are assessing whether there is support for reviving a bill allowing Alexander & Baldwin continued water access on Maui that was once declared dead.

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Possible Resurrection Of Water Bill Has Capitol Abuzz

Lawmakers supporting the measure to extend rights to divert stream water — including for Alexander & Baldwin — play hardball behind closed doors.

A Near-Perfect Compromise On Water Bill — Until Senators Blew It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Near-Perfect Compromise On Water Bill — Until Senators Blew It

A new path was about to be forged for the future use of water resources in the islands. Then the Ways and Means Committee stepped in.

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B Water Rights Bill May Have New Life

UPDATED: There is talk that the Hawaii state Senate will vote on the controversial legislation as early as Tuesday.

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.