Managing Environmental Diversity for Sustainable Human Communities: Lessons from East Maui, Hawai‘i,USA

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Kipuka are the isolated pockets of biological diversity that remain after lava flow events engulf surrounding vegetation from which ecological succession is initiated by the fauna and flora seed bank. McGregor (1995:196) suggests that rural communities “may be regarded as cultural kipuka from which native Hawaiian culture can be regenerated and revitalized in the contemporary setting”. East Maui is a location that has survived the “onslaught of post-statehood [1959] development” and is considered one of the remaining cultural kipuka in the Hawaiian Islands. As such, conservation of biological diversity and preservation of cultural practices and lifestyles are essential for maintaining and reestablishing the unique aspects of environmental diversity in the Hawaiian Islands.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental CenterUniversity of Hawai‘i at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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