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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.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals Kanaeokana

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals

Hawaii has delicious traditional and local crops, and it’s well past time for us to dig into the potential that’s been around us all along.

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony

A Senate committee is expected to decide Thursday whether to extend stream diversion authority for another three years.

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits

The agribusiness giant has also been sued by Hawaii plaintiffs who allege the pesticide caused their cancer.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.