The Maui News - Cultural practitioners working to restore and preserve traditional Hawaiian fishponds have been required to comply with as many as 17 regulations and to obtain permits from various agencies. Hui Malama Loko I'a, a group of fishpond practitioners, advocates streamlining the government permitting process. Now there's hope that fishpond projects can get untangled from government red tape with an effort by the hui and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The department has scheduled hearings for public input on a proposal, called Ho'ala Loko I'a, to create a statewide general permit for the restoration, maintenance and operation of traditional Hawaiian fishponds. The Maui hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei.