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Thinking like an island : navigating a sustainable future in Hawaiʻi

Author: Gregory S Farley; Jennifer Chirico
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015.
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Hawaii is a rare and special place, in which beauty and isolation combine to form a vision of paradise. That isolation, though, comes at a price: resources in modern-day Hawaii are strained and expensive, and current economic models dictate that the Hawaiian Islands are reliant upon imported food, fuels, and other materials. Yet the islands supported a historic Hawaiian population of a million people or more. This  Read more...
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Thinking like an island.
Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2015]
(DLC) 2014038341
(OCoLC)892514343
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory S Farley; Jennifer Chirico
ISBN: 9780824854164 0824854160 9780824868208 082486820X
OCLC Number: 905636935
Description: 1 online resource (x, 279 pages)
Contents: Hawaiian culture and its foundation in sustainability / Scott Fisher --
Food security in Hawaiʻi / George Kent --
Searching for sustainable agriculture in Hawaiʻi / Penny Levin --
Lessons from the taro patch / Penny Levin --
Ecological design for island water systems / Lauren C. Roth Venu --
Saving island water: strategies for water reuse / Steve Parabicoli --
Catching the (energy) wave of the future / Luis Vega and Reza Ghorbani --
Green building: integrating the past with the future / Matthew Goyke and John Bendon --
Shades of green in the tourism sector: sustainability practices and awareness in the State of Hawaiʻi / Linda Cox and John Cusick --
Successful sustainability movements in higher education / Shanah Trevenna --
It takes a village: reflections on building an island school garden / Susan Wyche and Kirk Surry --
Epilogue: living like an island: what the world can learn from Hawaiʻi / Jennifer Chirico and Gregory S. Farley.
Responsibility: [edited by] Jennifer Chirico and Gregory S. Farley.
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Hawaii is a rare and special place, in which beauty and isolation combine to form a vision of paradise. That isolation, though, comes at a price: resources in modern-day Hawaii are strained and expensive, and current economic models dictate that the Hawaiian Islands are reliant upon imported food, fuels, and other materials. Yet the islands supported a historic Hawaiian population of a million people or more. This was possible because Hawaiians, prior to European contact, had learned the ecological limits of their islands and how to live sustainably within them.Today, Hawaii is experiencing a surge of new strategies that make living in the islands more ecologically, economically, and socially resilient. A vibrant native agriculture movement helps feed Hawaiians with traditional foods, and employs local farmers using traditional methods; efforts at green homebuilding help provide healthy, comfortable housing that exists in better harmony with the environment; efforts to recycle wastewater help reduce stress on fragile freshwater resources; school gardens help feed families and reconnect them with local food and farming. At the same time, many of the people who have developed these strategies find that their processes reflect, and in some cases draw from, the lessons learned by Hawaiians over thousands of years. This collection of case studies is a road map to help other isolated communities, island and mainland, navigate their own paths to sustainability, and establishes Hawaii as a model from which other communities can draw inspiration, practical advice, and hope for the future.

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The book investigates new strategies to make living in the islands ecologically more sustainable by respecting native Hawaiian culture and integrating it with modern concepts and new technologies.-- Read more...

 
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