Geography of Honolulu
Syllabus - Fall 2012 DRAFT for Discussion
Lecture topics and readings ,
numbered for reference more than sequence.
(Assignments and due dates are on the schedule .)
Introductions; Administrative Overview; Expectations;
Comments on Reading and Writing
Geography & Urban Geography: Perspectives and approaches to studying
Getis & Getis (1995) "Cities" p239-267 in
The United States and Canada: The Land and the People
Some Resources for Geographic Research:
Archives; Hamilton Library: Hawaiian Collection, the "Morgue";
Dataooks 2001 -- 2010
C&C of Honolulu DPP Parcel and Zoning Data
American Factfinder (US Census)
van Loon (1932) "A New World" p495-503;
Defining "Honolulu"; It's location and character;
(Distances map from
Atlas of Hawaii)
County US Census Bureau map)
City Charter Sec. 1-102 ;
State Constitution Article XV ;
to some other cities from US Stat. Abs. Tables (assorted);
"City unveils plans for Honolulu's urban core";
Census 2000 Honolulu Co. (from SF1)
Census 2000 Honolulu CDP
NW Hawaiian Islands (esp. "History" and "Maps") and
BSM 5, 6, & 11;
Foreign-trade Zone No. 9
Greer (1998) "Old Honolulu Waterfront"
Gast (1973, 2002) "Marin Plants his Vineyard"
Wu (2004) "Downtown office vacancy rate fall toward 10 percent".
"Foreign trade zones can offer savings."
The Backdrop: Site & Situation. Placenames.
Physical Setting: Location, Geologic Origins, Ocean and Climate
Macdonald, G. et al. p420-452 "Geology of Oahu";
Woodcock, D. p35-43 "Of Posterosional Landscapes, Arrivals,
"Floods, hotter climate in isles likely by 2090"
Biogeography of Oahu: Species, Origins, Zones.
biotic colonization (simulation)
Wester "Vegetation" p38-50 from J. Morgan Hawaii: A Unique Geography;
Sohmer & Gustafson p145-154;
Carlquist p 155-160
Pesky Peacocks ,
Coqui ID ,
Physiography, Placenames and Mo`olelo:
Naming some Regions, Ridges, Peaks, Valleys and Streams
W.D. Alexander "Hawaiian Geographic Names", Appendix 7. pp
367-425 in Report of the Superintendent of the Coast and
Geodetic Survey Showing the Progress of the Work July 1, 1901 -
June 30, 1902 (Washington DC 1903)
BSM 1-16 (know neighborhoods ridges, valleys, peaks and streams);
(Sterling & Summers (1978) Sites of Oahu esp. p257-338);
(Pukui, Elbert & Mookini Place Names of Hawaii (1974));
Map Links ;
Fall 2010 Map Quiz List
and Base Image
and Google Earth KML file of Quiz
Getis and Getis (1995) "Neighborhoods" p.269-295 in
The United States and Canada
McGranaghan p115-132 "Honolulu's Neighborhoods"
Maps of income, education, etc.
Honolulu Magazine's story (reference?)
Napier, A.K. "Where is Kapolei?", Honolulu Magazine,
June 2000, ppg 38,39,65,68-70.
"Job hopes rising in Kapolei"
"Demand drives Kapolei Building" (with map)
"Road relief coming to Kapolei" (with map)
"DHHL focus on Kapolei" (with map)
People, Populations, Property, and Land Issues.
Polynesian settlement & Patterns / Hawaiian Population
Stannard p3-31, 105-113, and 114-121
Post-European-contact settlement pattern and pressures; Immigration
Nordyke The Peopling of Hawai'i (p. 1-98)
Pacific Land tenure systems
Crocombe p1-17 "Trends and Issues in Pacific Land Tenure Systems"
The 1848 Mahele and Ceded Lands
Kame`eleihiwa "The Moment of Mahele" p200-225;
The 1874 "Act to Provide for the Sale of Mortgaged Property
Without Suit and Decree of Sale"
R. H. Stauffer (2004) Kahana: How the Land Was Lost, Chapter 3,
"Counter-Revolution, 1874-1887" especially pp. 93-103.
Andrew Gomes "Foreclosure trap widening" HonAdv 20040801
... Neighborhood Interlude ...
Downwind's Interactive map
Waikiki Sand (HSB)
Ohana Waikiki Hobron plan (PBN)
Condo in plans for Hobron Purchase (Adv)
Hotels slowly loosing ground (Adv)
Beach Walk redevelopment (HSB)
Edgy Lee video;
Documentary Video: Taking Waikiki
Readings: None. Catch up.
... back to ...
20th Century Development and Land Reform
Pinkham (1906) "Waikiki Reclamation";
Dove 1907 and Monsarrat ca.1900 maps
Cooper & Daws (1990) p1-15,35-41;
Fuller "Land Reform" p7-13;
Lease to Fee Conversion Law as an issue. ;
PUC Development Plan (especially see the maps)
Primary Urban Center
BSM p. i;
"Making Sense of Our Streets".
Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Honolulu
"Homes resell at record prices" (see what Paul Brewbaker says
is 'affordable' at the end of article) (Adv)
Housing & Community Development Corporation of Hawaii ,
Federal HUD programs (look for "housing choice vouchers" and
"Section 8") ,
HCDCH Homeless Programs,
Ronna Bolante "Driven to the Streets" Honolulu Magazine, Aug 2002.,
Call for action increases (and related articles).
"Harris seeks all-purpose center" (Adv)
"Point man for Bush pushes new cure for homelessness" (Adv)
"One'ula Beach homeless hit road" (Adv)
Public Spaces and Gated Communities
"Private Islands" Honolulu Weekly, v.13, n.13, pp1,7-9, Mar 26-April 1, 2003
Political Geography: Multi-level districts (Federal, State, City&County,
Neighborhood Boards, Visioning Teams)
State Legislature Website ,
Oahu Districts Map
Board of Elections
City Council Districts
Honolulu Neighborhood Boards
Political Geography: Election Geography, Voter Patterns, and Issues
HI Office of Elections
(esp Precinct Maps),
Mayor race splits Oahu (check the charts) ;
Turnout Slightly Higher than Last Election ;
Low Poll turnout: Sign of decaying politics (editorial) ;
Voter registry down 9.5% ;
The Vanishing Voter ;
Hon Adv 2003 Legislative Survey (01/15),
Website, then Legislative Information, then hunt ...
Some issues in the 17th House District (GYK Pang 6Aug04) ,
Some Systems that Support Us
The Water Supply and Sewer Systems
State Data Book
(see "Oahu's Water History" under "About Us",
USGS Water Quality Report (2004);
State Water Commission
Urban Groundwater Database;
SB on Kalaeloa Desalination ;
HA on Kalaeloa Desalination ;
Kalaeloa Plant ;
F. Peterson "Water Resources" p51-60
in Joe Morgan Hawaii: A Unique Geography
C&C Dept of Environmental Services
Navy Strikes Oil at Pearl Harbor
Sewage Pumped into Ala Wai Canal Mar 28, 2006
find news stories...
Film: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Food: Sources, Flows, Markets, Prices, Destinations
2001 State Data Book Tables;
"Pesky leafhoppers plague watercress crop again";
Meadow Gold Hawaii;
Meadow Gold US ;
Fleming (click "distribution", then the Oahu dot);
Y. Hata and the military ,
Foremost Dairy suspends production ,
Times and Fujioka's .
Energy: Sources, Distribution, Consumption
2001 State Data Book Tables 17.1-17.19 ;
HECO web site;
Fuel Oil Use in Hawaii;
Diane Leone "Plugged in: Hawaii's quest for power boosts interest in
renewable resources", SB 10Jun2001
HECO "Overview of Oil Usage in Hawaii" ;
Foreign oil behind trade deficit .
Power consumption increasing on Oahu
Use of electricity hits all-time high on Oahu
Letter: We're paying too much for electricity
ca. 16 Aug 2004 news papers for record day for HECO demand.
Gas prices by zipcode
1992 assessment of solar energy potential
DBEDT's Dec 2006 Report on Renewable Energy
Public Safety: EMS, Crime, Police, Corrections, Fires, Fire Department, EMT
EMS Organisation Page (see Unit Map)
HPD Home Page
HFD website,especially the map ,
Dept of Public Safty (i.e. corrections)
"91% of major crimes unsolved"
"Crime on Oahu dips to 3-year low"
Old Kakaako Fire Station on South Street
... Neighborhood Interlude ...
Chinatown and the Great Fire
Revised Ordinances of Honolulu See Sec. 21-9.6 & 21-9.9
regarding the Chinatown Special District; it's about 4/5 of
the way through Chapter 21 - Landuse.
Board to hear plan on special district
Loft showcases what Chinatown could become.
Loft apartment now allowed in Chinatown.
Chinatown cultivates an art chic.
City may try to block condos near Chinatown.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin series on The Great Chinatown Fire:
City at War: the Great Chinatown Fire
... and back.
Waste: Rubbish, Trash, Recycling, H-Power, and Landfills
2001 SDB Table 5.28,
ROH Ch 9 ;
Trash problem mounts;
Investigation of Waipahu illegal dumping expands;
Options whittled to five for Oahu ;
Deadline near for choosing landfill site on Oahu ;
Rubbish collection snapshot ;
C&C Opala Page ;
Crash course on 'bottle bill' ;
Surprise dump site chosen .
Many cesspool users likely to miss deadline (Adv)
Transportation: External - Harbor and Airport
HI DoT Web Site (Harbors and Airports) ;
2001 State Data Book Tables 18.39-18.41 and 18.54-18.60 ;
Leidemann "Honolulu Harbor facilities must expand, officials say" ;
"Horizon plans $287.5 million IPO" (note Carlyle Group's markup) ;
some notes .
Transportation: Internal Flows, Modes, Volumes, Problems and Options
HI DoT Web Site (Highways) ;
2001 State Data Book Tables 18.1-18.28 ;
Oahu Trans 2K
Criticism of BRT Doesn't Match Reality (Cheryl Soon)
Honolulu traffic on road to less gridlock, study says...
Traffic tops priorities ...
Traffic expert: State lacks 'catastrophe' plan.
High efficiency cars?
Rail project EIS etc.
Peter Boylan "Oahu landowners bracing for rail" Hon. Adv. 22 Dec 2008
Transportation: Telecommunications and Broadcasting
State Data Book Tables 16.x ;
PUC Verizon and Carlyle
Oahu Radio Landscape changes .
Income, Industry and Economy
Current Patterns of Population, Income & Housing Characteristics
Economic, Education, and Household and Housing maps at
Krugman "For Richer"
Industries and Employment by sectors and tracts
State Data Book
Retail and Service Industry Location
BSM Index "Shopping"
D. Johnson "Another Round of Zoning" p317-320 in
City and County of Honolulu
Current city plan
Andrew Gomes "Retail Boom means prepare to shop"
Medical Geography, Facilities, and Public Health
Stats(see Vital Stats, Vital Signs, etc.)
Health Trends Hawaii (see Reserach etc.)
Education: School Infrastructure, Expenditures and Outcomes
2001 State Data Book Section 3 .
... More Neighborhood Interlude ...
S. Apgar, "title?" Honolulu Weekly, 27 June 2001, p6 et seq.
Lingle pushes for progress in Kaka'ako
A&B High-rise Condo press release
Peri Cope's 761 Project
Joe DeMattos' blog
look for other recent newspapers on Medical School development
Halliday (1998) "Moiliili Karst"
Kaimuki and Palolo
Burl Burlingame "Kaimuki" ,
other SB stories on Kaimuki
"Lucky they live Palolo"
Susan Yim, "Proud to Be from Kalihi", Honolulu Magazine, February 1996, pp. 24, 26, 28, 30, 32
"City of Honolulu" Map by F.E. Harvey in 1916 and/or "City of Honolulu" Map by Southworth in 1914.
Kapalama and Palama
Nishimoto (2000) "... Palama Settlement, 1896-1929."
"Urban challenges confront Makiki"
Coulter & Serrao (1932) "Manoa Valley"
"Loving and living in Liliha"
Advertiser dining map revisited;
Hawaii Kai & East Honolulu
Kamilonui Valley farms feel development pinch
Special Issues and Topics
Religions, Churches, Cemeteries and Heiau
BSM (look up cemeteries in index);
Schmitt (2000) "Cemetery for Foreigners";
Pang (HA, 12Jun2002) "Aiea graveyard endures as an island in time";
Bricking (HSB, 15Feb2001) "Calling off search to yield endless grief";
Fullard-Leo "Sacred Burial Practices";
Mike Gordon "30 forgotten graves found in Kaka'ako"
Public Art and Galleries
SFCA tour brouchures
UHM Campus Art Brochure
Surveillant Honolulu (and Honolulu by Web-Cam)
Camera trouble hinders crime fight
Dobson and Fisher 2003 "Geoslavery"
Bars, Breweries, Grog Shops and Night-life
Schmitt (1994) "Grog Shops and Hotels";
Schmitt (1997) "Beers and Brewers"
State Data Book licensing data
last revised 6 January 2010