Friday, May 20, 2016

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Water Systems in Ka'u

Photos by Jesse Tunison
Miss Ka'u Coffee 2016. Photo from Rochelle Koi
Hikes exploring the Ka'u Mountain Water System on yesterday, May 19, and Wednesday, May18, gave Ka'u residents and visitors a glimpse of flume systems of the sugarcane era and how the water is moved and used today. The old flumes carried water down the mountain to float sugar to the mill in Pahala. Today, the water irrigates fields, provides drinking water and could possibly be used for hydroelectric power.

Rochelle Koi, who was crowned Miss Ka'u Coffee 2016 at the pageant last Saturday, joined one of the hikes. She said it was “a wonderful experience where I was able to learn so much about our agricultural history. I am very glad to have participated.”

Two more events take place today, Coffee & Cattle as well as Ka'u Star Gazing. Join us for the big Ho'olaule'a tomorrow (free entry) at the Pahala Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See our website for more details:

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