The Maui County Council voted to approve emergency funding to restore the Wailuku River, Tuesday.
But the vote to fund the river was overshadowed by residents' concerns about the Wailuku Water Company and the removal of rocks in the area.
About a dozen people expressed concerns about the management of the river by the company and the county, which they say have not been telling the public enough about the future of the river.
"Had we not we brought this to light, because of what has been shut up, closed down, a lot people had no idea what is going on and a lot of residents were like, 'Hey what is going on, there's hundreds of truckloads headed out of Iao and into central Maui,'" said Maui resident, Tiare Lawrence.
"No boulders were ever crushed that came from Iao. In fact, the only rocks that came from Iao valley River were mixed with dirt and debris," said Stuart Stant, director of the Department of Environmental Management.
The vote clears the way for millions of dollars to restore the river.