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Resource Stewardship

Background

Stories pertaining to the ethical use and protection of valuable resources such as land, trees, minerals, wildlife and water, and the responsibility of citizens and private entities to act as stewards of these resources for the longterm good of society. In particular, this collection focuses on the ahupuaʻa system of technologies the ancient Hawaiians effectively implemented as a means of sustainably supporting a large civilization while living in harmony with the natural world, and efforts to combine this ancient technology and the wisdom inherent within it with modern technology and science to better balance the needs of humans with the preservation of the environment.

Koolau mountains from wahiawa by helen thomas dranga, oil on canvas, hawaii state art museum Board of Water Supply-proposed rate increase intended to prepare us for 21st century challenges
  • Explainer

As O‘ahu's population is projected to increase by around 100,000 over the next 22 years and the effects of global climate change continue to strain O‘ahu's resources, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply is planning to hike rates to pay for repairs and maintenance necessary to keep up with demand for drinking water. Read More »

Will Caron
Tapestries orange rouge  large  large What native insight can teach us about responsible development
  • Discussion

The criteria for economic decision-making among indigenous peoples often involves holistic considerations that go beyond simply balancing people, planet and profits. Read More »

Umi Perkins
Kauaʻi hui sues Syngenta, DLNR to protect Kekaha crown lands
  • Press Release
Sewage treatment at Kee Beach proves challenging →
  • News Report
Joan Conrow
Some taro farmers worry that partially treated sewage could contaminate loi and a fishpond in Haena State Park.
Larsen’s beach access at risk, easements create liability question →
  • News Report
Joan Conrow
The House of Limu: Clinging on to the past →
  • Feature
Samson Kaala Reiny
Uncle Henry Chang-Wo
Photo by Samson Reiny
Commission sets precedent for solving East Maui water woes
  • News Report
Travis Quezon
State House to vote Monday on bills to gut water code
  • Announcement
Ikaika M Hussey

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