Hawaii: Islands Under the Influence (Google eBook)
When it first appeared, this historical overview of the evolution of Hawai'i's political economy opened a new and innovative perspective on Hawai'i's history and contemporary dilemmas. Now, a decade later, Kent adds an epilogue providing an overview of the Japanese investment spree, the impact of national economic restructuring on Hawai'i's tourism industry, the crises of local politics, and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement as a potential source of renewal.
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I only read the original book. A great rarity in a time of rah rah rah tourism here in Hawaii, it told a less known truth--that there are many downsides to the industry in Hawaii and not everyone is in love with it, including some workers. Kent is a dramatic writer and possibly occasionally overstates but at the time this was a breath of fresh air. I did not care to see the notation "flag as an inappropriate review" one of the reviews on this site. This was a scholarly work that called for courage to write.
The most accurate history of post-overthrow Hawaiian History. By following the money through all the twists and turns to who has really been in control of Hawaii's economics and politics. We have been the slaves of single industry from Sandalwood to Sugar to Pineapple and now Tourism. If more people read this, we may be able to save what future we have.
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The Rise of King Sugar
The Pear Is Ripe
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