Nā Moku Aupuni o Ko’olau Hui

Nā Moku Aupuni o Koʻolau Hui perpetuates the Kanaka Maoli traditional and customary lifestyle of Keʻanae-Wailuanui. Encompassing nearly 400 acres of loʻi, it was renowned for taro farming until commercial stream diversions completely dewatered the area.

In 2018, the community’s 30-year legal struggle resulted in the largest stream restoration in Hawaiʻiʻs history. In March, 2022 and after 35 years, the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court ruled in Nā Moku’s favor and agreed that permits that enabled the diversions had been illegal. Families farm, fish, gather, hunt and mālama the watershed and the network of streams, tributaries and springs that are part of the 35,000 acre watershed.