The purchase of more than 3,500 forest acres in Central Oahu was celebrated Wednesday as the fulfillment of what had once been seen as an impossible mission. But the struggle to manage a new state forest reserve has just begun.
Under a proposal before Honolulu City Council, new farmhouses on Oahu would be limited to 1,500 square feet, 40 percent smaller than the national average. No explanation for the size limit is given in the bill.
With the Water Commission expected to hand down its decision on Maui's Na Wai Eha case soon, the debate isn't just about jobs or restoring a native way of life. In a deeper sense, it's about the principles by which water will be managed in Hawaii.