Excerpt from the Supreme Court of the Hawaiian Island, Judge C.J. Judd in C.F. Horner and Paul R. Isenberg vs. Kumuliili et al. June Term 1895 [Regarding the ahupua‘a of Lāhainā] Generally the ahupuaas [sic] or ilis [sic] of land of a certain name situated on the level land below or “makai” has land, mainly kalo patches, in the valley above or “mauka” bearing the same name…. In order to irrigate these lands small ditches or auwais [sic] were dug in very ancient times, through which the water was led from the main stream on to the lands. On the Kaanapali or western side there are three main auwais, the first one nearest to the head of the valley is “Piilani,” then below it is “Waimana,” then “Puuhuliliole.” The ancient method of using the water was this: When the “day” of a certain ahupua’a, name “Kooka” for example, came around the kalo patches belonging to it and bearing the same name, being mauka, had the water first run into them by the lateral auwai until they were filled, then the water would be turned back into the main stream and then taken out on to the land below named “Kooka.” Honolulu Star Advertiser 26 December 1895
This is an elevated, intact section of P‘ilani ‘Auwai, the headwater for which is Kauaula Stream, traditionally engineered and constructed in the dry-stacked stone manner. Mahalo Hokuao for providing the scale 😊
Mahalo nui Ke‘eaumoku Kapu @keeaumokukapu for sharing your ‘ike, knowledge, of your wahi kupuna (ancestral lands) and the incredible reference to the above decision that discusses traditional water resource management of Lāhainā!
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