History of Irrigation Water Development in Hawaii

by Richard H. Cox,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


Hawaii has a rich heritage of irrigated agriculture from the time of the first Polynesian settlers to the present. Following the ancient stream diversions by Hawaiians, sugar planters expanded the surface diversions and developed groundwater sources beginning in 1856. This paper traces these developments.

Subject Headings: History | Irrigation water | Water resources | Resource management | Irrigation | Rivers and streams | Groundwater | Agriculture | Hawaii | United States

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