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Kalama Chock Kalama Chock
John Reppun John Reppun
Tate Keliihoomalu Tate Keliihoomalu
Ipukukui students Ipukukui students

WAIHEE FALLS (HawaiiNewsNow) - There's no better way to learn about water conservation then getting right up alongside a water fall. Amy Kalili shows us how Waiheʻe Falls on the Windward side became a classroom for this next group of students.

Aia a ʻike maka, ka ʻike. Nânâ ka maka, hoʻolohe ka pepeiao, paʻa ka waha. Inâ ʻaʻole lâkou hana pçlâ, ʻaʻole lâkou ʻike.

Kalama Chock

Kumu, Ipukukui

True knowledge comes from actually doing and experiencing.

Ua hoʻâkea ʻo Kalama i ka noʻonoʻo a ʻike leʻa o kçia mau haumâna no Ipukukui no nâ nînûnç pili i ka wai ma ko lâkou piʻi ʻana i ka wailele o Waiheʻe.

Kalama gave these Ipukukui students a deeper understanding of water issues on their hike to Waiheʻe Falls.

No laila aʻo mâkou i nâ haʻawina

ʻo ka pôʻaiapuni wai ʻoe.

Inâ ʻaʻole lâkou hele i ka ʻâina a ʻike maka i ka pôʻaiapuni, ka wai, ka ua, ke kahawai, nâ mea a pau ʻaʻohe pilina.

(kalama)

They learn about the water cycle by being there in the water, rain, and river. It's hands-on and makes it relevant.

Ua komo pû aku ʻo ʻAnakala John Reppun i ka hoʻonui ʻike. He hoanoho kûpaʻa ʻo ia no Waiâhole no ka wâ lôʻihi me kâna mau loʻi kalo o laila.

Long-time Waiâhole resident and taro farmer John Reppun shared his insight.

They need to understand that they have rights but they also have responsibilities. And responsibility is partly to understand how this all works and to know the impacts.

John Reppun

Executive Director, KEY Project

Pono e ʻike no ko lâkou mana a keu aku ke kuleana no ka ʻike a maopopo.

Lawe ʻia ka wai mai Waiheʻe a pauma ʻia i o nâ Koʻolau no ka hoʻolako ʻana i ka wai…

Water is pumped from Waiheʻe through the Koʻolau Mountains and is distributed to the island-wide system.

So there are a lot of issues that come up in relation to that. Questions about how we manage water?

What are the impacts of taking water out, of withdrawing water from watersheds?

(john)

Nui nâ nînûnç e kupu mai ana no kçlâ i pili i ke ʻano e hoʻohana ʻia ka wai. He aha ka hopena o kçia ʻano hana?

Ua ʻike kçia hamâna papa ʻeono, ʻo Tate Keliʻihoʻomalu, i ke ʻano e pâ nei nâ iʻa o ke kahawai i kçia.

Sixth-grader Tate Keliʻihoʻomalu noticed the impact on the wildlife in the stream.

Well, if there was no water, cause there is less water now, more ʻoʻopu are dying, and that's not good.

Tate Keliʻihoʻomalu

Student, Kahuku Elementary School

Liʻiliʻi ka wai a make ana ka ʻoʻopu.

I'm going to tell my parents about it and tell them that it's really important to conserve our water.

(tate)

E hôʻike ana au i nâ mâkua i ka mea nui o ka mâlama wai

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