Posted on August 18, 2023

Meet M. Kaleo Manuel, the Official Who Refused to Release “Sacred” Water in Maui, Contributing to up to 106 Deaths…

Revolver, August 17, 2023

We often talk about how left-wing policies are not only dangerous but also deadly. Look no further than misguided programs like “Defund the Police,” the ghastly “bail reform” program, or the cult-like belief in climate change. All of these programs, among others, have led to death and destruction across the country. Sadly, the tragic consequences of these policies became painfully clear in Maui, where a deadly and devastating fire tore through the island, destroying nearly everything in its path. While there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the fires and a multitude of theories, one thing we know for certain is that a climate change zealot and Hawaii official named M. Kaleo Manuel refused to release so-called “sacred” water, a decision that contributed to the deaths of over 106 people.

Manuel, who was recognized by the Obama Foundation as an Asian Pacific “Leader”, delayed the release of the water that could have helped landowners save their property due to his Marxist belief in “equity” and perhaps also due to his weird left-wing pagan views about not using water because it is “sacred” as seen in the above video. According to the Obama Foundation website, Manuel believes that “ancient wisdom and traditional ecological knowledge of native peoples will help save the Earth” and he is “passionate about elevating native and indigenous ways of knowing in all spheres of discourse and dialogue.”

It’s been widely reported that locals tried to hose down their homes with water to protect them by the fire, but their water was shut off. By time the water was finally released, it was way too late.

Honalulu Civil Beat:

With wildfires ravaging West Maui on Aug. 8, a state water official delayed the release of water that landowners wanted to help protect their property from fires. The water standoff played out over much of the day and the water didn’t come until too late.


Mr. Manuel “balked” at the requests. The Civil Beat continues:

Specifically, according to accounts of four people with knowledge of the situation, M. Kaleo Manuel, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and DLNR’s deputy director for water resource management, initially balked at West Maui Land Co.’s requests for additional water to help prevent the fire from spreading to properties managed by the company.

According to the sources, Manuel wanted West Maui Land to get permission from a taro, or kalo, farm located downstream from the company’s property. Manuel eventually released water but not until after the fire had spread. {snip}


The governor, Josh Green, hinted that the horrible decisions of Manuel, and perhaps other local officials, might even be criminal. {snip}


In this case, it turns out that “elevating native and indigenous ways of knowing” turned out to be a huge disaster.  {snip}