Water Resources

Our firm has been at the forefront of the development of water rights law in Hawai`i since before statehood.  We help landowners, water system owners, and developers of surface and groundwater sources navigate the unique regulatory and political regime governing water rights in Hawai`i.

Our work in this area includes representing major landowners in contested case hearings before the Commission for Water Resource Management, advising owners of irrigation systems on their rights and obligations, and litigation of disputes over appurtenant and riparian rights.

Legal Spotlight:

  • In Re Water Use Permit Applications (Waiahole), 96 Hawai`i 27, 25 P.3d 802 (2001)
  • Represent major Hawai`i landowner in proceedings before Commission and Water Resource Management in proceedings involving petition to amend interim instream flow standards and applications for water use permits.