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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.
Lawmakers supporting the measure to extend rights to divert stream water — including for Alexander & Baldwin — play hardball behind closed doors.
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.
The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.
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.
A Senate committee is expected to decide Thursday whether to extend stream diversion authority for another three years.
The agribusiness giant has also been sued by Hawaii plaintiffs who allege the pesticide caused their cancer.
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.
The Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. manages about 3,300 acres of land and infrastructure acquired with $71.4 million in taxpayer money.
The island’s only full-service slaughterhouse has quit taking smaller animals, leaving farmers, butchers and lovers of fresh kalua pork with no place to turn.