Kaniloa Kamaunu – Nā wai ‘ehā

Kaniloa Kamaunu – Nā wai ‘ehā

Nā wai ‘ehā, was once the largest contiguously cultivated loʻi kalo growing region in all of Hawaiʻi. It also served as the primary ritual, political, and population center of Maui. The vast water resources of Mauna Kahālāwai (West Maui Mountains) supplied these four streams with the life giving waters of Kāne. This allowed the Hawaiian population of this area to develop expansive irrigation and agricultural systems unique to Hawaiʻi. The rich history of Nā wai ‘ehā is directly linked to the abundance of wai. Hawaiians thrived for many generations in this region by cultivating loʻi kalo (wetland kalo), fishing in natural and manmade inland fishponds, gathering native stream life such as ʻoʻopu, hīhīwai, and ‘ōpae, and collecting drinking water from springs.

As an advocate for mauka to makai streamflow restoration in Waikapū, Wailuku, Waiehu and Waiheʻe streams, Kaniloa wants to protect the natural and cultural resources related to traditional and customary practices of Native Hawaiians and educate the community about the vital importance of this region of Maui.

Ka Lama, rm #104A @ 11am

All presentations will be held at the Hui No Ke Ola Pono 2nd Annual ‘Aha Mauliola on Saturday, August 10th from 10 am – 3 pm at The University of Hawaii Maui College Campus.

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