Hawai'i's Pineapple Century

Hawai'i's Pineapple Century

     Pineapple was not native to the Hawaiian Islands, yet it converted landscape and society, and helped to build the foundations on which modern Hawai'i now stands.

     Hawaiian pineapple grew from a backyard crop during the 1800s into a world-dominating agricultural industry during the next hundred years. For much of the 20th century, Hawai'i produced the majority of the world's canned pineapple, conducted most of the research into the crop, and developed a unique marketing style that inextricably linked the luscious yellow fruit with the other allures of the Islands--beaches, surf, and hula girls.

     Hawai'i's Pineapple Century chronicles the growth of this fascinating, unique, and significant industry by documenting the amazing development of the "crowned fruit" into an icon of the Hawaiian Islands.

     It explores the history of the fruit, its commercial growers, the people who worked the fields and their labor organizations, and the science and technology that grew up with the industry. And it looks at the transformation of the industry into the form it holds today.

     Author and tropical agriculture scientist Jan K. Ten Bruggencate participated in pineapple's history as a pineapple researcher in the Islands, and eventually as a consultant to the development of the international pineapple industry in three continents.

     Editor Jan W. P. TenBruggencate, his son, who was raised in a Moloka'i pineapple plantation town, is an author and award-winning Hawai'i science journalist.

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