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Ensuring our Survival | Hawai`i's Roots - Episode 3


Ask anyone who lives in Hawai`i, “What if the barges stopped coming?” and you will get some variation of: “Well, we’d be screwed”. Why? Because Hawai`i currently imports 90% of its food and generates 70% of its electricity through imported oil. You don’t have to be an economist to know that this is a disaster waiting to happen...

What steps can we take to make the future of Hawai`i a prosperous one, and what is Kaunamano Farm doing to help?

Guns, Germs, and Sugar | Hawai`i's Roots - Episode 2


The introduction of guns, germs and sugar, in addition to increasing political complications arising from a growing global presence, marked the beginning of a new phase of Hawaiian history, accompanied by the deterioration of the effective and optimized ahupua`a system...

The System Behind Hawai`i's Success | Hawai`i's Roots - Episode 1


When Polynesian settlers first set their eyes upon the Hawaiians Islands 1700 years ago, one can only imagine the thoughts that raced through their minds. No doubt they marveled at the majestic beauty of the island’s coastlines and mountains, stunned that they had come across such islands in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from the nearest landmass. As they explored the islands, however, another question likely came creeping in: “How are we going to survive?”