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Item Description Franco, Robert W. en_US 2008-10-16T01:57:36Z 2008-10-16T01:57:36Z 1995-08 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Franco RW. 1995. Water: its meaning and management in pre-contact Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. WRRC project report, 96-02. en_US
dc.description.abstract Since Wittfogel's controversial theory linking irrigation with "oriental despotism," western archaeologists have focused a great deal of attention on early forms of irrigation and water management. During the late prehistoric period in ancient Hawaii, irrigation and other water management practices supported the sociopolitical evolution of a proto-state formation, and archaeological interpretations of these developments have dominated the literature. This report uses the archaeological data as a point of departure in an analysis of the meaning and management of water. Woven into the archaeological data is an analysis of Hawaiian chants, legends, and proverbs in an attempt to better understand the meaning of water to the indigenous people of the Hawaiian islands. This report is based on the premise that intraisland (windward-leeward) and interisland (geological-hydrological) variation produced localized meanings of water, particularly as they were related to the characters of Kane, Kanaloa, Lono, and Ku. Further, these meanings changed over time, largely in relation to population growth, production intensification, and increasing sociopolitical complexity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey Grant/Contract No. 14-08-0001-G1558 en_US
dc.format.extent x + 76 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries WRRC Project Reports en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 96-02 en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject water use en_US
dc.subject irrigation ditches en_US
dc.subject water supply development en_US
dc.subject fish ponds en_US
dc.subject water rights en_US
dc.subject processual cultural ecology en_US
dc.subject ethnohistory en_US
dc.subject pondfield terraces en_US
dc.subject Oahu en_US
dc.subject Maui en_US
dc.subject Molokai en_US
dc.subject Lanai en_US
dc.subject Kauai en_US
dc.subject Hawaii en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hawaiian gods. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water -- Mythology -- Hawaii. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water rights -- Hawaii. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water-supply -- Hawaii. en_US
dc.title WRRCPR No.96-02 Water: Its Meaning and Management in Pre-Contact Hawaii en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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