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Braided Waters: Environment and Society in Molokai, Hawai'i

Wade Graham


This book sheds new light on the relationship between environment and society by charting the history of Hawaii's Molokai island over a thousand-year period of repeated settlement. From the arrival of the first Polynesians to contact with eighteenth-century European explorers and traders to our present era, this book shows how the control of resources—especially water—in a fragile, highly variable environment has had profound effects on the history of Hawaii. The book examines the ways in which environmental variation repeatedly shapes human social and economic structures and how, in turn, man ... More

Keywords: environment, society, Hawaii, Molokai island, resources, environmental variation, environmental degradation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520298590
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520298590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wade Graham, author
Pepperdine University