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Kua'aina KahikoLife and Land in Ancient Kahikinui, Maui$
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Patrick Vinton Kirch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839550

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839550.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

The Future of Kahikinui

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(p.258) Epilogue
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Kua'aina Kahiko
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Patrick Vinton Kirch

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839550.003.0018

This chapter reflects on the future of Kahikinui. It argues that Kahikinui will remain a kuaʻāina, an out district, literally the “back of the land.” The lack of water is perhaps the most serious constraint, although long-term efforts to reestablish the dryland forests on Haleakalā’s slopes might, over time, bring back the old springs and water sources. But these will never be sufficient for more than a handful of families. This lack of water, combined with an absence of beaches, means that Kahikinui will never become an extension of the tourist ghettos of Kīhei and Wailea. Nor is commercial agriculture likely to be viable, for the same reasons. However, Kahikinui is already seeing rapid change. Wind—the one natural asset that the district has in abundance—has already been tapped to provide “green” energy to other parts of Maui. Kahikinui also possesses one resource that makes it of unique value—its potential to educate. It is one of the few places in the islands where an entire moku can still be viewed, explored, studied, more or less in the state that it has been in for centuries. Its slopes harbor some of the last remnants of the amazing biodiversity of Hawaiian dryland forests. The land itself offers lessons in volcanology, geology, and soil formation.

Keywords:   Hawaii, kuaʻāina, Kahikinui, wind energy, education

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