Environmental impact statements (EIS) and environmental assessments (EA) are reports that estimate what impact or effect a building or development project will have on the planned location. The reports often include maps, a history of the area, archaeological reports, cultural impact statements, testimony from the community, and details of the building or development project. The Hawaiian Collection at UHM Library has some but not all of these reports. The main repository for them is the Office of Environmental Quality Control.
You can find references to islands and specific places in Hawaiian legends by checking the Hawaiian Legends Index, compiled by the Hawaiʻi State Library (HSL).
The most recent version of the index is available only online. A simple printout of the index in table format is available on HSL's website, at http://www.librarieshawaii.org/hawaii_and_pacific/legendsindex.html. A searchable version of the index is availalbe at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hawaiiancollection/legends.
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Oral History has conducted dozens of oral history projects, focusing on Hawaiʻi's communities, ethnic groups, industries and historical events. For your Presentation assignment, the projects on "communities" may be useful. The projects feature interviews with people from these places. Go to the COH Projects page and select each project to see more information.
- The Closing of Sugar Plantations: Interviews with Families of Hāmākua and Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi
- Kalihi: Place of Transition - Kōloa: An Oral History of a Kauaʻi Community
- Lānaʻi Ranch: The People of Kōʻele and Keōmuku
- Pioneer Mill Company: A Maui Sugar Plantation Legacy
- Reflections of Pālama Settlement
- Remembering Kakaako: 1910 - 1950
- A Social History of Kona
- ʻUalapuʻe: Molokaʻi: Oral Histories from the East End
- Waialua and Haleiwa: The People Tell Their Story
- Waikīkī, 1910 - 1985: Oral Histories
- Waipiʻo: Māno Wai (Source of Life)