EMI STREAM RESTORATION UPDATES
Mahi Pono is responsible for the ongoing, day-to-day management of East Maui Irrigation Company (EMI).
Mahi Pono is 100% committed to honoring the IIFS decision that establishes long-term protection of Maui’s water resources, native Hawaiian traditional and cultural practices, and the natural habitat of Maui’s streams.
In accordance with the IIFS decision, Mahi Pono/EMI has restored much of the stream flow in taro-growing communities, with some construction remaining to completely close off a few of the diversions that have been in place for more than 100 years.
Restoration of natural stream flow has been completed for Makapipi, Waiohue, West Wailuaiki, East and West Wailuanui, Pi‘ina‘au, Honopou, and Waiokamilo streams.
Continued efforts to restore Palauhulu, Haneho‘i and Puolua are currently in progress, with additional construction work and permitting pending.Weather permitting, the remaining work is scheduled for completion within the next 12-24 months.
To complete the restoration of the remaining streams, modifications are required to current diversion structures.
Currently, Mahi Pono/EMI has completed work on 36 diversions and secured permits to modify or permanently abandon another 23 diversions, with approval of the additional remaining 11 diversions under review by the Commission.