In today’s world, immigration has greatly affected the population of Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are one of a number of ‘minority’ groups within a very diverse culture.
Hawaii now supports the international monetary economy, relies on continuous international travel and trade, and concentrates large populations in urban areas. But the effects of these practices are straining local resources.
Reconnecting to the Native Hawaiian respect for resources, new approaches to water protection, transportation, energy production and land preservation are being implemented.
> The State’s renewable energy commitment is one of the strongest in the U.S.
> Allocation of water is considered a matter of public trust, not just for private profit.
> Increasing awareness of Native Hawaiian culture offers many models for sustainability.
There is an urgency on these islands to act before it is too late, and good sustainability leadership is at a premium.
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