Water Rights

Ola I Ka Wai, Water is Life

The right to access traditional sources of water for Hawaiian Home Lands leases and Hawaiian crops, most notably kalo (taro), has been a pressing concern for Native Hawaiian communities and farmers. The right to adequate water for traditional Hawaiian crops is attached to land awards issued during the mid-1800s by the Hawaiian Kingdom. State statutory law also safeguards these rights. NHLC has assisted many farmers with asserting these rights, most recently in East Maui.

If you have a legal issue and would like to see if we can help you, please call our office at (808) 521-2302 or contact us using our Contact Form.


Ashley Obrey, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Senior Staff Attorney

Ashley Obrey

Senior Staff Attorney


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