Tide and Current: Fishponds of Hawai'i

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University of Hawaii Press, 1992 - Nature - 192 pages
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"Tide and Current: Fishponds of Hawaii chronicles ten years in the life of author and artist Carol Araki Wyban, during which she lived with, learned about, and came to love the fishponds of Hawaii. In lyric prose and art, the book captures the essence of the timeless ecological truths she discovered." "The author relates her experiences from the viewpoint of an entrepreneur, but one with a deep commitment to the past and to the legacy given us by the ancient Hawaiians regarding the use of fishponds as food production systems. Unlike other native cultures that hunted and gathered over vast territories, the Hawaiians early on developed renewable, sustainable, and comprehensive management of their natural resources in the limited space of small islands. They were innovators who took a great step from catching fish to raising fish." "With drawings and photographs, tables and graphs, Wyban presents not only the daily routine of life at a commercial fishpond, but also an in-depth look at how the Hawaiians of yore managed their resources, the technology they developed through need, and the myths, legends, and kapu associated with the fishponds. Their inventiveness has important implications for us today and for nurturing future generations."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Background
3
Resource Assessment
13
The Ecosystem
26
The Harvest
45
The Market
54
Water Quality and Inputs
58
Seed Stock Management
64
Expanding Productivity
67
Water Management
90
Technology Development
98
Types of Fishponds
108
Pond Distribution and Yields
118
Social Practices and Religious Beliefs
123
Postcontact Transitions
133
Fishpond Use Today
149
Appendix
163

Fishpond Reflections
70
Ancient Fishponds
83
Hawaiian Resource Management
85
Glossary
177
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