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Monday, April 21, 2014
Parties Reach Agreement in Na Wai Eha Water Flow Case
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 7135 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture


News Release from DLNR April 21, 2014

HONOLULU --  The Parties in the Na Wai ‘Eha Contested Case Hearing on Maui (Hui O Na Wai Eha and Maui Tomorrow Foundation, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company, Wailuku Water Company, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply) have reached an agreement with regard to the Amended Interim Instream Flow Standards for Waihe‘e, Waiehu, ‘Iao, and Waikapu streams on Maui.

Under this agreement, more water will be returned to the streams of Na Wai Eha, particularly to ‘Iao stream.

The Parties addressed six issues the Hawaii Supreme Court asked the State Commission on Water Resource Management ("Commission") to consider, including the effect of instream flows on traditional and customary practices and alternative management actions.  In Re ‘Iao Ground Water Management Area, Hawaii Supreme Court (No. SCAP-30603, August 15, 2012).

The Parties reached an agreement and entered a Stipulation with the assistance of a mediator, Mr. Robbie Alm. The Hearing Officer Dr. Larry Miike reviewed the mediated agreement and recommended approval. The Attorney General reviewed and approved the settlement.

Finally, the State Commission on Water Resource Management reviewed and approved the Stipulation which settles the lawsuit.

William J. Aila, Jr., Chairperson of the State Commission on Water Resources Management praised the Parties and their lawyers for creating a solution to this long and extraordinarily difficult conflict through their own efforts.  "It was the Parties themselves who chose to reach this agreement. Without their collective will to work out a solution, this would not have happened."

Gov. Neil Abercrombie agreed saying, "After decades of disagreement, this is a huge step forward in the history of water on Maui. There is more to be done, but we look forward to working with all the Parties in the future. The mediator and the Water Commission helped facilitate the conversation, but it was really the people on Maui who made it possible.”

A copy of the Commission's Order, the Hearing Officer's Recommendation, and the Parties' Stipulation is attached. 

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PDF: Text of Agreement

SA: Settlement restores flow of Maui streams

MN: Four streams will be flowing in settlement of Na Wai Eha


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