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Hawaiians have always understood the extraordinary value of fresh water, for water is life. This truth is revealed by the Hawaiian word for wealth, which is "waiwai," because to have fresh water in abundance is the highest indicator of wealth and well-being for Hawaiian people. ‘Āina Momona fights for the water rights of our ‘āina, kua‘āina, and ‘āina kūpuna, because we appreciate that the just allocation of water resources is essential to the promotion of customary practices, food sovereignty, and social justice.

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