Food Security in Hawai‘i

George Kent

in Thinking Like an Island

Published by University of Hawaii Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780824847616
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780824868208
Food Security in Hawai‘i

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This chapter explores the overall food production in Hawaiʻi. The country had suffered from periodic famines usually due to disruptive events such as epidemics and warfare but by the 1860s, Hawaiʻi devoted much of its land to producing and exporting food products. The country exported more than 100,000 pounds of milled rice to California and more than 800,000 pounds of rice grown in paddies. Much of this production was by Chinese and Japanese immigrant laborers. Later, sugar and pineapple became the dominant export crops, making Hawaiʻi, for a time, a major exporter of said products. Despite this success, much of Hawaiʻi's food production for local consumption were displaced by imported foods.

Keywords: Hawaiʻi; immigrant laborers; food production; imported foods; export; local consumption

Chapter.  6479 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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