ISLAND HISTORY: The Kekaha Ditch – an engineering marvel since 1907 – and its keepers

When Kekaha Sugar Co. was formed in 1898 with Hans Peter Faye as its manager, his ambition was to tap the mountainous headwaters of the Waimea River with an irrigation system that would transport water many miles downstream to his plantation’s thirsty sugarcane fields on the plain between Waimea and Polihale.