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1806–07: Famine devastates the Hawaiian islanders of Maui

Maui Natives suffer from drought and famine. No rain falls from October 1806 to April 1807. Plants, including taro—the staple food of Native Hawaiians, wither and die. Stricken imported livestock often rot where they fall because people are too weak from searching for water and food to remove them. The death toll from malnutrition and dehydration is high.

Theme
Land and Water
Region
Hawai‘i