Lawrence Kessler is an environmental historian and postdoctoral fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. His current project is a history of the Hawaiian Islands and the Hawaiian sugar industry. Lawrence has published essays in the Pacific Historical ReviewWorld History Bulletin, and Southern California Quarterly.

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In the early morning of Monday, September 9, 2013, a leak in a shipping pipeline spilled 233,000 gallons of molasses into the blue waters of Honolulu Harbor, about five miles from the beaches and resort hotels of Waikīkī. Unlike oil, which floats on the water’s surface and can be cleaned with dispersants and skimmers, molasses […]

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