Water Policy Plan

I Mana I Ka Wai Molokai Water Law Training – Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

About the training: The UH Ka Huli Ao Program will provide a brief overview of Hawaiʻi’s legal framework governing water resources, Delwyn Oki will update the community on USGS’ recent study, and DHHL will share about its water policy. We will also discuss specific ways homestead communities can advocate for the pono use and protection of wai on Molokaʻi.

If you want to learn more about the water rights and kuleana of DHHL beneficiaries — especially given DHHL’s Water Use Permit Application for the Kualapuʻu Aquifer that is pending before the Water Commission — please join us!

HHL Moloka`i Proposed Groundwater Reservation Virtual Beneficiary Consultation Meeting – May 5, 2021

About the meeting: DHHL intends to request water reservations of groundwater from the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) for future development and utilization of DHHL lands on Moloka`i.



I Mana I Ka Wai DHHL Water Law and Advocacy Virtual Training Meetings – January 21 & 22, 2021


The final Water Policy Plan 2014 as approved by the Hawaiian Homes Commission:

Water Policy postcard


201402303 Water Policy Plan Draft BC web

DHHL Draft Water Policy Plan Beneficiary Consultation

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands developed a draft Water Policy Plan and is seeking your mana‘o and feedback. The draft document is available for review and comment at dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/water.

We are conducting a series of statewide Beneficiary Consultation Meetings on the draft plan on the following dates and locations. All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/water for more information or call the DHHL Planning Office at (808) 620-9517.

DHHL Water Policy Plan Draft


Our vision is that there will be adequate amounts of water and supporting infrastructure so that homestead lands will always be usable and accessible, to enable us to return to our lands to fully support our self-sufficiency and self-determination in the administration of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA), and the preservation of our values, traditions, and culture.


In a manner consistent with our values, the Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) shall strive to ensure the availability of adequate, quality water by working cooperatively to:

  • Understand our trust water assets;
  • Plan for our water needs;
  • Aggressively understand, exercise and assert our water rights;
  • Develop and protect water sources; and
  • Manage water systems.

Submit DHHL Water Policy Plan Comments

  • Review period for Draft Plan begins Feb. 19, 2014
  • Deadline for comments is May 16, 2014
  • Email comments to [email protected]
  • Mail comments to:
    • DHHL Planning Office
      P.O. Box 1879
      Honolulu, Hawaii 96805
  • Phone: DHHL Planning Office (808) 620-9480

Water Policy Postcard

Come help protect and direct the future of DHHL and our water! We are beginning community meetings to provide information and to get your mana‘o to develop a Water Policy Plan that will guide us as we manage and invest in the water resources and rights of the Trust.

  • What rights can be asserted by DHHL?
  • How should we balance development and protection of water?
  • What are the most critical water issues in your community?

Meetings will be held beginning Oct. 23. All meetings are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.:

  • Oct. 23    O‘ahu    Stevenson Middle School Cafeteria
  • Oct. 30    Kaua‘i    Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle Sch. Cafeteria
  • Nov. 4    Moloka‘i    Lanikeha Community Center
  • Nov. 5    O‘ahu    Kapolei Middle School Cafeteria
  • Nov. 6    O‘ahu    Blanche Pope Elementary Cafeteria
  • Nov. 7    Lāna‘i    Lāna‘i Elementary & High Cafeteria
  • Nov. 12    Hawai‘i    DHHL Kūhiō Hale – Waimea
  • Nov. 13    Hawai‘i    Hilo High School Cafeteria
  • Nov. 14    Maui    DHHL Paukūkalo Community Center

DHHL Water Policy Plan Workshops Presentation Materials

DHHL Water Policy Plan Workshops Conversation Maps

Moloka'i Converstation Map

Moloka’i OIKW Converstation Map.

  • EMIKW = E Malama I Ka Wai
  • OIKW = Ola I Ka Wai
  • HKKK = He Kuleana Ko Kakou

Meeting Notes, Broad Sheets and Letters

For more information, please visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/water or call (808) 620-9517.