How Landscape Legacies Enhance Hawaii Agriculture


Scientific research over the past several decades has illuminated the nature and extent of precolonial agricultural systems in the Hawaiian archipelago.

While debate persists about the size of the populations supported by these systems, it is clear that large amounts of food were produced prior to the onset of plantation agriculture.

For instance, a 2014 study shows that the entire potato imports of the state today — 50 million pounds — could be met by the ancient breadfruit belt of Kona (now predominantly the Kona Coffee belt).

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