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Access to water should be predicated on “conversations about equity,” according to the Hawaii official under fire for delaying access to water during the Maui wildfires.

M. Kaleo Manuel, former deputy director of the Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management, waited for more than five hours to release water during the wildfires that devastated Maui, according to reports.

In a livestream debate hosted by the University of Hawaii last year, Manuel described water as a sacred god.

“Let water connect us and not divide us,” said Manuel, referring to water distribution on the island. “We can share it, but it requires true conversations about equity…How do we coexist with the resources we have?”

A former Obama Foundation leader — part of a program by the former President’s non-profit to help participants with coaching and “practical skill building for social change” — Manuel said he considered water an important tool for social justice.

Devastated cars on Maui
A government official waited more than five hours before releasing waters to firefighters battling the Maui blaze last week
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Kaleo Manuel
Kaleo Manuel, former deputy director of the Hawaii Commission on Water Resource Management was a former Obama Foundation Leader who said water was an important tool of social justice.
Wildfire devastation in Maui
At least 111 people died in the wildfires that ravaged Lahaina in Maui last week.
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Manuel was transferred to another position within the Department of Land and Natural Resources Wednesday, according to Honolulu Civil Beat, which first reported the story of the delay.

The West Maui Land Company said in an Aug. 10 letter to Manuel that his commission refused its request to divert streams to fill landowners’ reservoirs in the hard-hit Lahaina area until the wildfires raged out of control, according to a report.

Sources told Honolulu Civil Beat that Manuel had asked the company to consult with a local farmer about the impact of water diversion before approving their request.

Devastation in Lahaina, Hawaii
A downed power line near the destruction caused by a wildfire, the country’s deadliest in more than a century.
James Keivom

“We watched the devastation around us without the ability to help,” said the company in the letter. “We anxiously awaited the morning knowing that we could have made more water available to MFD [Maui Fire Department] if our request had been immediately approved.”

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Desperation met stupidity on the corner of bad luck and despair, and the democratic party was born.

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