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Title: Ho'ona'auao no Kawai Nui (Educating about Kawai Nui) - A Multi-Media Educational Guide 
Author: Drigot, Diane C.; I.S. 489 Environmental Practicum Students; Seto, Muriel B.
Date: 1982-06
Publisher: Environmental Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Drigot DC, IS 489 Environmental Practicum Students, Seto MB. 1982. Ho'ona'auao no Kawai Nui (educating about Kawai Nui) - a multi-media educational guide. Honolulu (HI): Environmental Center, University of Hawaii.
Abstract: Kawai Nui Marsh is located less than fifteen miles from downtown Honolulu and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on the Island of O'ahu - the most heavily developed and populated of the Hawaiian Islands. Yet it remains the largest freshwater wetland in the State of Hawaii, whose naturaI, cultural, and educational values have been widely recognized as significant by numerous government agencies, private organizations, and citizens' groups, at the local, state, national, and international levels. Although the natural wetland, flood control, wildlife, and cultural values of Kawai Nui Marsh have long been widely recognized, a variety of use conflicts along its periphery for different types of development - residential, commercial, or recreational - have kept its future fate uncertain for nearly twenty-five years. In the meantime, the marsh's currently "official" use is as a "dump" (eg. autowrecking yard; sanitary landfill; repository for wastewater from sewage treatment plants). After years of such use, peoples' perceptions of the natural and cultural values of this special place have declined accordingly, to the point that maps erroneously demarcate the marsh with the more pejorative, ecologically-inaccurate label of "swamp". Nevertheless, a number of initiatives - both public and private - have begun to preserve and restore the natural and cultural values associated with this place in the public consciousness.This written guide, and companion slide/tape production, are the outgrowth of such an effort, with the objectives and intended outcomes listed above providing the driving force.The guide does not pretend to be a complete encyclopedia-like reference on the marsh. Rather, it represents the outgrowth of a team effort, involving the principal investigator, working with her students in environmental studies, key community resource people, faculty, and other professionals, to solve the problem of pulling together much useful information about the marsh, which already exists but has been scattered about in a variety of places and forms, (published; unpublished; newsclippings; personal records; government documents; etc.) for more effective educational and general use. It is intended to stimulate awareness of the many values and resources that can be found at this highly accessible, highly special environment, by residents and visitors alike, in the State of Hawaii.
Sponsorship: University of Hawaii-Manoa, President's Educational Improvement Fund
Pages/Duration: xx, 199 [220] p.
LC Subject Headings: Kawainui Marsh (Hawaii)

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