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Local culture was here long before sugar cane

October 19, 2012
The Maui News

It is so weird to read articles about saving the culture of the locals by retaining sugar cane burning. I suppose it reflects the need to retain jobs, but it reveals a profound effect upon the companies that brought slave labor over here and stole land and water from the Hawaiians to grow and export a commodity to faraway lands. The companies kept the people decentralized as they presided over the government and development, like the island is today, to reduce problems and keep people disempowered.



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