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Valley isle water legislation opposed


    Lei Peters, left, Kainoa Kealamakia and Aulii Dudoit, with infant daughter Mahie Dudoit, held hands as Mahealani Wendt of Na Moku Aupuni o Koolau Hui led a prayer Monday during a rally held by supporters of the East Maui taro farmers in opposition to HB 2501 at the state Capitol.


    Healoha Carmichael (left) of East Maui supported the group.


    Mahealani Wendt, left, of Na Moku Aupuni o Koolau Hui led protesters as Lei Peters, center, of the Conservation Council of Hawaii held a sign that read “No Water No Kalo!” on Monday at the state Capitol.

About 60 people, including farmers, Native Hawaiian advocates, attorneys and environmentalists, gathered at the state Capitol on Monday to voice their opposition to a bill advancing at the Legislature that would allow Alexander & Baldwin to hold on to the rights to millions of gallons of water that it diverts daily from East Maui streams even as it plans to shut down its water-intensive sugar cane plantation and lay off more than 600 workers. Read more

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