Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)
Native Hawaiians, geothermal development, birthright, environmental issues
One hundred and forty-one people, led by Native Hawaiians, were arrested on 25 March 1990 as part of the largest demonstration yet against geothermal development in Hawaii. The gathering was intended to focus attention on Native Hawaiian rights and the ecological consequences of drilling geothermal wells in the near-pristine Wao Kele O Puna rain forest. The energy project, undertaken by True Geothermal Company and endorsed by Hawaii's governor and other imposing figures, has already invaded the largest intact tropical lowland rain forest in the United States.
© 1990 Cultural Survival, Inc. Posted with permission.
Faulstich, Paul. Hawaii's Rainforest Crunch: Land, People, and Geothermal Development. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 14(4): 36-8, 1990