MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A crucial water source on Maui is being reinvigorated thanks to the hard work of some dedicated volunteers.
Taro farmers in Waihe'e rely on water that flows through Maui's Waihe'e Valley. Recent heavy rains, flooding and ongoing erosion has taken a toll on the area, and severely damaged the waterway.
The water flows into all of North and South Waihe'e's Kuleana Lo'i Kalo Farms and is a valued source on Maui.
"It (flooding) basically completely wiped out an old plantation ditch system, but it also did take out our po'owai (head of water) or where we get our water for our lo'i kalo," Tiare Lawrence, restoration project organizer with Hui O Na Wai 'Eha, said.
More than 100 volunteers gathered Sunday morning and got down and dirty to restore the area to its previous glory.
"It's kind of sad to see the po'owai get damaged, but like our ancestors before us, we are going to gather our community to restore it," Lawrence said.
This is the first of a number of upcoming workdays organized by the group to repair the damage.
For information on upcoming workdays and how to get involved, call 276-7685 or 264-2616.