Maoli Thursday: Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law hosted its first Maoli Thursday forum and speaker series of the Fall semester. The panel, entitled “E Hoʻi ka Nani: Forging Pathways to Water Justice in Maui Komohana” featured Keʻeaumoku Kapu, Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum ’19, Devon Haia ’23, and moderator, Troy Ballard ’21.

Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum, Devon Haia, and Troy Ballard

With an audience both in-person and online via Zoom, panelists discussed Ka Huli Ao’s Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic and its work with communities across Maui Komohana, who are setting an example for responsible water use and careful co-management of Hawaiʻi’s precious natural and cultural resources. The panel’s title, “E Hoʻi ka Nani” is from a series of mele published in Ka Nūpepa Kūokoʻa in the 1860s that all largely center around Maui Komohana. The mele begin with the line: “e hoʻi ka nani” as a call to “return the beauty” and ʻāina of abundance.

Our Fall 2022 Maoli Thursdays will center around restorative climate justice—stay tuned for more!

Above: Panelists Keʻeaumoku Kapu (via Zoom), Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum, Devon Haia, and moderator, Troy Ballad.