Tide and Current: Fishponds of Hawai‘i

Hardback: $32.00
ISBN-13: 9780824813963
Published: September 1992
Paperback: $24.99
ISBN-13: 9780824884062
Published: June 2020

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208 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Tide and Current chronicles 10 years in the life of author and artist Carol Araki Wyban, during which she lived with, learned about, and came to love the fishponds of Hawaii. In lyric prose and art, the book captures the essence of the timeless ecological truths she discovered.

    The author relates her experiences from the viewpoint of an entrepreneur, but one with a deep commitment to the past and to the legacy given to us by the ancient Hawaiians regarding the use of fishponds as food production systems. Unlike other native cultures that hunted and gathered over vast territories, the Hawaiians developed renewable, sustainable, and comprehensive management of their natural resources in the islands’ limited space. They were innovators who took a great step from catching fish to raising fish. Wyban presents not only the daily routine of life at a commercial fishpond, but also an in-depth look at how the Hawaiians managed their resources, the technology they developed, and the myths, legends, and kapu associated with their fishponds.

  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • Tide and Current is a remarkable statement in an age in which we tend to look askance at the cold, objective facts of science; in which entertainment too often substitutes for learning; in which support for daily life from a benevolent government is looked upon as a right; and in which citizens of Hawai‘i seek an identity in which past and present will enrich each other. . . . [I]t leaves the reader with an enormous appreciation of an intricate system which for centuries provided subsistence to a people who were completely dependent on the land and sea around them.
      —E. Alison Kay, The Hawaiian Journal of History