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Sugar Water: Hawaii's Plantation Ditches

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Hawaii's sugar industry enjoyed great success for most of the twentieth century, and its influence was felt across a broad spectrum: economics, politics, the environment, and society. This success was made possible, in part, through the liberal use of Hawaii's natural resources. Chief among these was water, which was needed in enormous quantities to grow and process ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by University of Hawaii Press (first published December 1st 1996)
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Adriane
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very valuable reference book on an under-researched, fascinating topic
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Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
As it is sweet, sugarcane is thirsty. To produce a single pound of sugar, it takes 4,000 pounds or 500 gallons of water. Correspondingly, producing a ton of sugar requires 4,000 tons or a million gallons of water. To illustrate the sheer quantity of water involved, a million gallons of water is barely enough to irrigate 100 acres per day.

In addition, whoever, controls water controls all else. With this, Hawaii’s sugar barons developed water sources and diverted water from parts of an island to
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Read the first 3 chapters before I had to return to the library; loving it so far! Will definitely be coming back to finish this informative book.
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