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E. Maui water film to premiere

The premiere of a movie on East Maui taro farmers and Native Hawaiian practitioners and their battle to have stream flows restored in their community, followed by a panel discussion, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the UH-Maui College Paina Building.

The first showing of “Ho’i Ka Wai I Kahi Kupono” is part of the event titled E Ola I Ka Wai: Elevating Advocacy to Protect Our Precious Waters, a partnership between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Waiwai Collective.

“Ho’i Ka Wai I Kahi Kupono” is a 29-minute documentary detailing recent victories and other developments in the struggle of Native Hawaiians to return water diverted for nearly 150 years from streams in East Maui for growing sugar in Upcountry and Central Maui. Part of OHA’s Kamakako’i documentary series, “Ho’i Ka Wai I Kahi Kupono” is the third film produced by OHA to focus on Maui water issues.

The premiere will be followed by a panel discussion featuring kalo farmers, Maui community advocates and water rights experts. Panelists include Koa Hewahewa, Hokuao Pellegrino, Ed Wendt, Summer Sylva and Ke’eaumoku Kapu. The panel will be moderated by Maui County Council Vice-Chairwoman Keani Rawlins-Fernandez.