Impacts Of Land Use In Hawaii
Hawaii has changed dramatically in the last half century. After the advent of trans-Pacific air travel, the number of residents and visitors skyrocketed. The population has more than doubled since Hawaii became a state in 1959, with some 1.3 million people now calling Hawaii home. In recent years approximately 7 million visitors annually have enjoyed Hawaii's beauty. While Hawaii's landmass has remained essentially static over that time, the human demands on it have grown and changed, impacting the land and its flora and fauna in numerous ways.