Free Showing "Release our Water"

SUBHEAD: Free showing of "Release Our Water", 3pm Dec 11, 2011 Kapaa Neighborhood Center Auditorium. By Ray Catania on 2 December 2011 in Island Breath - ( Image above: Photograph of Keanae Stream on Maui. From ( WHAT: Movie "Release our Water" to be shown free. WHERE: Kapaa Neighborhood Center Auditorium, 4491 Kou Street. Kapaa, HI, on Kauai. WHEN: Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 pm CONTACT: Sponsored by Jimbo Alalem and Ray Cataniaat 635-0835 or 634-2737 for more information. Or email This documentary film follows film Kanaka Maoli farmers and fishermen from the Hana area on Maui, in their fight with the powerful sugar corporations with large land holdings who have diverted Waiokamilo Stream water for their plantations and then for their high income developments. The Hawaiians having been working to get the water flow back into the stream so that it can benefit the taro farmers and shoreline fishermen, whose ancestors have lived in Hana and Keanae for over a thousand years. Discussion to follow with free light refreshment. More about the film, from Native Books Hawaii (
In 1985 Uncle Harry Mitchell and other kūpuna from the Ko’olau of East Maui (Hāna and Ke’anae) began the fight for water when they contested the dewatering of Waiokamilo Stream by powerful corporations on Maui. 23 years later Uncle Harry and many others have passed and the dewatering continues leaving the next generation of Hawaiian taro farmers with the question "Do We Have Rights Or Don't We?" This issue and other issues affecting East Maui are looked at through the eyes of a few Hawaiians whose ancestors have inhabited the region for over a thousand years. This video features Hāna recording artist Boom Helekahi performing his song entitled "Hāna Maui.

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