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Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i 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, Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i as a model from which other communities can draw inspiration, practical advice, and hope for the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jennifer Chirico and Gregory S. Farley
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Hawaiian Culture and Its Foundation in Sustainability
  2. Scott Fisher
  3. pp. 7-27
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  1. 2. Food Security in Hawai‘i
  2. George Kent
  3. pp. 28-45
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  1. 3. Searching for Sustainable Agriculture in Hawai‘i
  2. Penny Levin
  3. pp. 46-78
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  1. 4. Lessons from the Taro Patch
  2. Penny Levin
  3. pp. 79-124
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  1. 5. Ecological Design for Island Water Systems
  2. Lauren C. Roth Venu
  3. pp. 125-142
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  1. 6. Saving Island Water: Strategies for Water Reuse
  2. Steve Parabicoli
  3. pp. 143-158
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  1. 7. Catching the (Energy) Wave of the Future
  2. Luis Vega and Reza Ghorbani
  3. pp. 159-173
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  1. 8. Green Building: Integrating the Past with the Future
  2. Matthew Goyke and John Bendon
  3. pp. 174-197
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  1. 9. Shades of Green in the Tourism Sector: Sustainability Practices and Awareness in the State of Hawai‘i
  2. Linda Cox and John Cusick
  3. pp. 198-215
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  1. 10. Successful Sustainability Movements in Higher Education
  2. Shanah Trevenna
  3. pp. 216-233
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  1. 11. It Takes a Village: Reflections on Building an Island School Garden
  2. Susan Wyche and Kirk Surry
  3. pp. 234-254
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  1. Epilogue. Living Like an Island: What the World Can Learn from Hawai‘i
  2. Jennifer Chirico and Gregory S. Farley
  3. pp. 255-262
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 263-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-279
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824854164
Related ISBN
9780824847616
MARC Record
OCLC
905636935
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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