Current Investigations of Hawaiian Taro Pondfield Irrigation Systems

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by David C. Penn, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage

Abstract: Due to the prominence of taro pondfield irrigation water in the State of Hawaii's system of water rights, the heightened attention given to water resource management under the state's 1987 Water Code, and the problems of Hawaii's taro industry, investigations of taro pondfield irrigation systems are becoming more and more important. Current investigations conducted in the Department of Geography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, focus on monitoring water use conditions in contemporary pondfields, using the collected data to develop models of pondfield water use, and using the models to generate estimates of water demands, historical water use, and reserved water rights. The results of these investigations can be used to help secure water allocations for taro lands, inform county and State water use planning and regulation, and assist the water management practices of contemporary farmers.

Subject Headings: Irrigation systems | Water resources | Water rights | Hydrologic models | Water use | Resource management | Irrigation water | Data processing | North America | Hawaii | United States

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