Michigan Tech University anthropology professor Carol A. MacLennan is back in Hawai‘i to continue research on the environmental history of Pearl Harbor. While here she will discuss her recent book, Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai‘i, which examines the transformative role of sugar manufacture on Hawai‘i’s cultural, socioeconomic, and natural landscapes.
Thursday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series
“The Consumption of Land and Lives: Hawai‘i’s Evolving Plantation Landscape”
Location: Crawford Hall 115
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Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. (Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)
Hawaiian Historical Society Lecture Presentation
“Hawai‘i’s Sugar Islands, Lessons from the Landscape”
Location: Kana‘ina Building (Old Archives Building), ‘Iolani Palace Grounds
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Although little remains of Hawai`i’s plantation economy, the sugar industry’s past dominance has created the Hawai`i 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 Hawai`i’s industrial sugar history.
In Sovereign Sugar, Carol MacLennan unravels the tangled relationship between the sugar industry and Hawai`i’s cultural and natural landscapes. It is the first work to fully examine the complex tapestry of socioeconomic, political, and environmental forces that shaped sugar’s role in Hawai`i. While early Polynesian and European influences on island ecosystems started the process of biological change, plantation agriculture, with its voracious need for land and water, profoundly altered Hawai`i’s landscape.
2014 | 400 pages | 21 illustrations | 4 maps
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3949-9 | $39.00s | Cloth