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Sovereign sugar : industry and environment in Hawaiʻi

Author: Carol A MacLennan
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although little remains of Hawaii's plantation economy, the sugar industry's past dominance has created the Hawaii we see today. Many of the most pressing and controversial issues--urban and resort development, water rights, expansion of suburbs into agriculturally rich lands, pollution from herbicides, invasive species in native forests, an unsustainable economy--can be tied to Hawaii's industrial sugar history.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol A MacLennan
ISBN: 9780824839499 0824839498
OCLC Number: 865543781
Description: x, 378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Waves of influence --
Sugar's ecology --
Four families --
Five companies --
Agricultural landscapes --
Plantation centers --
Sugar's industrial complex --
Plantation community --
1930s island tour --
Planters organize --
Resource policy.
Responsibility: Carol A. MacLennan.

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This is a history of the sugar industry in Hawaii and its effects on the natural and some non-natural environment. Written with an anthropological angle to the subject, this book covers a wide  Read more...

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