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The Best of Oahu and Maui

Program Number: 10910RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/25/2014 - 11/2/2014; 3/5/2016 - 3/13/2016; 10/29/2016 - 11/6/2016; 1/21/2017 - 1/29/2017; 2/11/2017 - 2/19/2017;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii
Price starting at: $1,929.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks; On the Road; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 18; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Experience the essence of “aloha” as you are welcomed into the beauty of two Hawaiian islands. Learn how the islands were created, discovered and colonized while you enjoy Hawaii’s spectacular beauty and warm climate. Ideal for first-time visitors and great for returnees, this program provides a window into true Hawaiian culture, exploring Oahu and Maui from an uncommon perspective with local experts.


• Enjoy field trips to the Bishop Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.
• Discover Hawaii’s geology and culture with a journey to Oahu’s scenic east end, a visit to a heiau (ancient site) and Maui's historic Iao Valley.
• Get an exclusive expert-led visit with Hawaiian marine life at the Maui Ocean Center.

Activity Particulars

Walking on uneven surfaces from three blocks up to one mile over the course of the day; some stairs and uneven surfaces.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Honolulu, 5 nights; fly to Maui, 3 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Hawaii Pacific University.

Honolulu (Oahu)

Honolulu, which means “Sheltered Bay,” possesses a unique blend of Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Asian and Pacific Islander influences that contribute to its cultural richness. Its Waikiki area, formerly wetlands, today evokes images of golden sand beaches and stunning sunsets.

Kahului (Maui)

Though the largest town on the island of Maui, Kahului is off Hawaii’s beaten track of mainstream tourism. The comparatively light crowds are a boon for visitors to the town’s natural and cultural destinations, including the Alexander and Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Oahu: Comfortable hotel in the heart of Waikiki. Maui: Comfortable hotel on the shores of Kahului Bay.
Meals and Lodgings
   Waikiki Resort Hotel
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 5 nights
   Maui Beach Hotel
  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 3 nights
 Waikiki Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Waikiki Resort Hotel is very well located in the heart of Waikiki, half a block away from the Kuhio Beach section of world famous Waikiki Beach and in the shadow of iconic Diamond Head. Being near Kuhio Beach is a real plus, as it is the most interesting part of Waikiki Beach because it is wide, sandy, nicely landscaped, and it is home to the beachboy stands which send out surfers and outrigger canoes. The hotel is also within walking distance of other popular attractions such as Kapiolani Park (great for morning or evening walks), the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, King's Village shops, and a multitude of restaurants and other attractions.
  Contact info: 2460 Koa Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
phone: 808-922-4911
  Room amenities: Each guest room is equipped with air conditioning, private balcony, high speed Internet access (plug in available in room, not Wi-Fi, for surcharge of $9.95 plus tax per 24 hour period as of 7/12), hair dryers, ironing boards with irons, refrigerator, shower or shower and 1/2 bath tub, clock radio, color TV with on demand movies and games, and an in-room safe (surcharge) .
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and pool deck, sundry and gift shops, self-service laundry, a laundry and dry cleaning service, a 24-hour business center, two restaurants, and a 24-hour bell desk, front desk, Wi-Fi available in lobby (no fee) and hotel security service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: See rates in comments section 2015 Double/Single Rates: $130.00 + tax for January-March, July-August, & December $125.00 + tax for April-June, September -November
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Maui Beach Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This kamaaina (local) property is located on the harbor side of Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului, Maui and is conveniently located near the airport and program sites. It is a 30 minute drive from several lovely beaches (shuttles available or cars can be rented from airport - hotel has a free shuttle to airport). There is a large shopping mall across the street.
  Contact info: 170 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732 USA
phone: 808-877-0051
  Room amenities: All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioner, complimentary broadband internet access (no Wi-Fi in rooms), cable TV with Pay-Per-View movies, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock, telephone with voicemail, in- room safe, and iron/ironing boards.
  Facility amenities: This full service has a swimming pool and pool deck. As it is located on a “harbor” beach, swimming is not recommended here. The town of Kihei (a 30 minute drive) has several swimming beaches. There is free parking at the hotel, free airport Shuttle (6am to 9pm), free high speed internet, 24-Hour front desk, copy/fax service, computer internet kiosks through Shaka Net located in lobby, free Wi-Fi in the lobby, and a coin operated laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: See comment below. Additional nights are available at the Maui Beach Hotel if your Road Scholar program begins or concludes on Maui. 2014 Road Scholar Rates: Standard $139.00 + taxes Deluxe * $169.00 + taxes * At the Maui Beach Hotel, your program uses deluxe rooms. You may want to consider booking a deluxe room for your post-program stay to avoid having to change rooms. The Maui Beach Hotel also currently provides free shuttle service to and from the airport.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration between 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Waikiki Resort Hotel lobby. Upon arrival, please proceed to the hotel’s front desk to check in. You will then be directed to the Road Scholar registration desk. You will be staying at Waikiki Resort Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Independent check outs by 11:00 am. You will be staying at Maui Beach Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at Oahu Hotel is $22 per day (subject to change). Parking is free at Maui hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Honolulu
  Nearest highway: H-1 Freeway
  Nearest airport:  Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  Nearest city or town:  Kahului
  Nearest highway: Hana Highway (360) near Puunene (311) intersection
  Nearest airport:  Kahului Airport (OGG)
Travel Details



From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Speedi Shuttle
phone: 877-242-5777


Per Person/One Way:


Arrival fares begin at $14.55; Round-trips from $26.79 includes a 10% discount on return segment
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30- 45 minutes depending upon traffic 




10 miles


Shuttle stops are conveniently located on the ground level at the tour group areas adjacent to Baggage Claims C and H, curbside between Baggage Claim D and E and the Commuter Terminal. Greeters & Shuttle Attendants wearing red aloha prints are present throughout baggage claim & at each pickup location to arrange your transportation. SpeediShuttle signage is located throughout the terminals & at each pickup zone. Shuttles depart within 20 minutes of check-in. More info




From Airport




Public Transportation
The Bus
phone: 808-848-4500


Per Person/One Way:


$2.50 or $1.00 for Senior Citizen (with valid Medicare card)
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


45 minutes - 1 hour 


Buses operate from 5:30 am - 10:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time. Exact change is required. One (1) FREE transfer with each paid cash fare. For more information, go online to


Maui Beach Hotel


To Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Maui Beach Hotel Airport Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


15 minutes 




Approximately 3 miles


Please contact the front desk or porter to arrange your shuttle departure time.


Honolulu (HNL)


From Airport




AMPCO Express
phone: 808-861-8294


Per Person/One Way:


Approx $45.00 - $55.00
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 min - 45 min depending upon traffic 


AMPCO Express is the managing contractor of the Airport's Open Taxi System at Honolulu International Airport. The state established this Airport Open Taxi Management system for taxi drivers from all taxi companies to be able to pick-up at the airport. Taxi Service is available on the center median fronting the terminal baggage claim areas. See the taxi dispatchers (shirts with black lettering, and the wording TAXI DISPATCHER) for service.

Driving Directions
  From Continental US to Hawaii: Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors. All major domestic carriers (such as American, Continental, Delta and United) and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the mainland U.S. to and from Maui, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands. If you need to transfer back from Maui to Honolulu International Airport, you will need to take a short inter-island flight on one of the local carriers (Hawaiian Airlines, go!Airlines or Island Air.) Transfer flights are not difficult. They are short – 25 to 45 minutes long depending on the island destination – and frequent – there are multiple departures daily, often hourly. You can buy your flights directly on your own, through Road Scholar Travel Services or over the Internet using the airline’s own website or through a travel website such as, or Airport Codes HNL – Honolulu, Oahu OGG – Kahului, Maui Hawaiian Airlines 1-800-367-5320 go!Airlines 1-888-435-9462 Island Air 1-800-653-6541
  From Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to Waikiki Resort Hotel: 1. Head east 2. Slight left onto the ramp to I-H-1 E 3. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Interstate H1 E ​to Honolulu and merge onto I-H-1 E. Go 7.7 miles. 4. Take exit 25A for King St toward Waikiki Honolulu Zoo 5. Slight left onto S King St 6. Turn right onto Kapahulu Ave. Travel 1.3 mi 7. Turn right onto Kuhio Ave 8. Turn left onto Uluniu Ave 9. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Koa Ave Destination will be on the left Total Est. Time: 20 minutes Total Est. Distance: 10 miles
  From Maui Beach Hotel to Kahului Airport: 1. Go Northeast on W Kaahumanu Ave/HI-32 E toward Lono Ave. 2. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Hana Hwy/HI-36E. 3. Turn LEFT onto Dairy Rd./HI-380 4. Dairy Rd./HI-380 becomes Keolani Pl. 5. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Terminal/Parking/Rental Car Return 6. End at Kahului Airport. Total Est. Time: 8 minutes Total Est. Distance: 2.7 miles
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome & Introductions
(Saturday, October 25)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to hotel. Program Registration and hotel check-in.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Ilima Café, lobby level
 Evening: Introductions with members of the group
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oahu's East End/ Class: Stories of Hawaii
(Sunday, October 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Program orientation and Introductory. Field Trip: Oahu's spectacular east end which will take you along a coastal road providing spectacular views of the ocean and the Koolau Mountains (including views towards Molokai, weather permitting). The scenic route will take us by Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Halona Blowhole.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at the beach
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Visit Kawainui Marsh, the site of many heiau (ancient temples) and home to a number of endangered birds, fish, and Hawaiian plants. A scenic bus trip over the historic Nuuanu Pali will return you to the hotel.
 Dinner: Hula Grill Restaurant with beautiful views of Waikiki.
 Evening: Class: Stories of Hawaii
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Orientation/Hawaiian Culture Class/Queen Emma's Palace & Bishop Museum/Evening Class
(Monday, October 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Hawaiian Culture Class: “Eia Hawaii, He Moku, He Kanaka” (Here is Hawaii, an island, a human). Field Trip: Hanaiakamalama (Queen Emma Summer Palace) - A museum of rare artifacts and personal belongings of Hawaii’s royalty. Queen Emma (1836-1885) became Queen Consort upon her marriage to Kamehameha IV in 1856.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch at Bishop Museum
 Afternoon: Field trip to Bishop Museum. Designated the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Hawaii and its place in the Pacific. Docent-Guided visit of museum, and free time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: On your own to explore local eateries
 Evening: Optional Class: "Date of Infamy"
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Free Day
(Tuesday, October 28)
 Breakfast: On your own to explore local eateries
 Morning: Free day to explore individual interests. You may wish to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center as an optional free time activity at a specially-arranged reduced rate (see notes section and purchase form attached). You may also want to consider a visit to one of many free time activities such as: Iolani Palace the official residence of King David Kalakaua (1882-1891) and Queen Lili`uokalani (1891-1893), the last monarchs of Hawaii; or snorkeling at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State.
 Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries
 Afternoon: Free day continues
 Dinner: On your own to explore local eateries
 Evening: Free evening
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel

Day 5: Class: Island Formation/USS Arizona Memorial/Punchbowl/Hawaiian Cultural Event
(Wednesday, October 29)
 Breakfast: Hotel restaurant
 Morning: Learn about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be while attending morning class: "Island Formation". Field Trip to the USS Arizona Memorial National Historic Park - View a historical film in the theater, board the launch for a ride across Pearl Harbor to the USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the museum and book shop.
 Lunch: Local restaurant overlooking Pearl Harbor
 Afternoon: Field Trip: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in a dramatic natural setting in extinct Puowaina crater which was formed 75,000 to 100,000 years ago.
 Dinner: Ilima Café
 Evening: Enjoy an evening with a local Hawaiian cultural organization, sharing music, crafts and aloha.
Accommodations: Waikiki Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fly to Maui/Iao Valley State Park/Class: Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Behavior
(Thursday, October 30)

Note: Iao Valley field trip: scenic drive with interpretation on bus. When you reach the the park, there is an option of climbing 131 stairs to the top or staying at the bottom at the visitor's center or on the bus.

 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Ilima Cafe
 Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for a short 30 minute flight to Maui
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in beautiful Kepaniwai Park and Heritage Gardens. The park features structures representative of Hawai`i’s cultural heritage.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Iao Valley State Park – Lush green Iao Valley is a sacred site to the Hawaiian people and is the historic location of a fierce battle between Maui warriors and the army of Kamehameha I. We'll discuss the area's natural and cultural history.
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room, second floor.
 Evening: Class: Hawaii’s Humpback Whale Behavior
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Class: A Changing Maui/Lahaina/Historic Walking Tour
(Friday, October 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Class: Where Did Everybody Come From? After class, the group departs for a trip to Lahaina, on Maui's west side.
 Lunch: Explore Lahaina's restaurants on your own
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Lahaina. Suggested activity: Lahaina Walking Tour (tickets provided) – self-guided walk through historic Lahaina. Learn about the colorful past of this old whaling town and its history as the first capital of Hawai`i as you visit sites on the Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s walking tour of cultural and historic sites.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Lahaina
 Evening: Free Evening
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Maui Ocean Center/Hawaiian Lei Making/Aloha (Farewell) Dinner/Aloha Program
(Saturday, November 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Field trip : Maui Ocean Center - This state-of-the-art marine park is dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Its collections include spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), elusive garden eels, majestic lionfish, the colorful Hawaiian wrasse, green sea turtles, sharks, rays and more.
 Lunch: Seascape Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center
 Afternoon: Have a lesson in Hawaiian Lei making where you will learn how to string your very own fresh flower lei to wear to dinner and your Aloha Program.
 Dinner: Rainbow Dining Room
 Evening: Aloha (Farewell) Program
Accommodations: Maui Beach Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Program End/Departure
(Sunday, November 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet- Rainbow Dining Room
 Morning: Hotel check out and independent departures before noon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
Garden Tours Available: Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, weekly, 150 Kanaloa Ave. Kahului, HI 96732 Tours cover the natural history, conservation and ethnobotanical uses of native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as the Gardens' projects in these areas. Tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 808-249-2798. For additional information, visit
  Ulalena - Maui Theatre
Ulalena is a fabulously unique theatrical experience staged at Maui Theatre in historic Lahaina Town. An original presentation which has been acclaimed by critics as masterful, exhilarating and surprising. Ulalena tells the story of Hawaii through visual expression, song, acrobatics and dance. 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui Toll Free (877) 661 6655 or (808) 661 6655 Doors open daily at 6pm, Monday - Friday Prices start at $60. For additional information, visit
  Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Diamond Head
Diamond Head State Monument is a true gem on Oahu. Actually named Leahi by Hawaiians, it received its more well known name in the late 1700’s when British seamen saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they had found diamonds. A hike to the top of Diamond Head takes about an hour over a well-worn path. The summit offers a spectacular 365-degree view of Oahu and is a must trip for photography enthusiasts. Oahu District Office, Hawaii State Parks P.O. Box 621 Honolulu, HI 96809 Tel: 808-587-0300 Open: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Year round. For additional information, visit
  Discover Historic Honolulu
Located in the heart of Honolulu you'll find many of Hawaii's most historic buildings, including the Iolani Palace home to Hawaii's last monarchs and the only palace on U.S. soil. You'll also want to visit the Hawaii State Capitol, the Kamehameha I Statue, Kawaiahao Church -the first Christian church in Hawaii, the Mission Houses Museum and the Old Federal Building. All of historic Honolulu is within walking distance of downtown parking at the equally famous Aloha Tower. For additional information, visit
  Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii and is dedicated to safeguarding the fragile marine life in the Bay. It is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicking areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the State. 7455 Kalanianaole Highway. (Enter Hanauma Bay Education Center off the main coastal road Kalanaianaole Highway Route 72 near the eastern tip of Oahu). Pre-recorded Information: (808) 396-4229. Open daily from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. except on Tuesdays. For additional information, visit
  Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo covers 42 lush, shady acres at the Diamond Head end of Waikîkî. It features some special exhibits such as the Nene (the Hawai`i state bird), native Hawaiian forest birds, and the highlight of the zoo, the Kabuni Reserve. The African savanna covers 12-acres where animals roam freely behind disguised barriers in 30 different habitats. The zoo is located near Kapiolani Park at the corner of Kapahulu and Kalakaua Avenue. Up against the zoo fence, local artists display their paintings and crafts. 151 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Tel: 808-971-7171 Hours: 9:00 am-4:30 pm daily For additional information, visit
  Shop in Waikiki and in the Greater Honolulu Area
Waikiki is a great place to shop and offers prestigious retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton as well as more modest stores such as the ever-present ABC Stores and the world-famous International Market Place. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center contains 150 stores and restaurants on four levels. Ala Moana Shopping Center, located in the heart of Honolulu, is one of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world with more than 200 stores to meet your every need. The Center is recognized as having the flagship stores for most major international, national and local retailers. Other nearby malls in Honolulu to shop at include Aloha Tower Marketplace; Ward Warehouse and Ward Center, across from Fisherman’s Wharf; and Kahala Mall in Kahala.
  Waikiki Aquarium
The Waikiki Aquarium's exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 3,500 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. Every year, 330,000 people including 30,000 school age children visit. It has been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808)923-9741 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily (facility closes at 5:00 p.m.) For additional information, visit
  Waikiki at Night
At night Waikiki is an exuberant world of shops, bistros and neon lights, alive with people, and complete with amusing street entertainers. Often heralded as the ambassadors of aloha, these musicians, singers, mimes, drummers, and a myriad of other performers give Waikiki a local color and ambience found nowhere else in the Hawaiian Islands. Street performers start about 8pm and ends about 10pm.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Aloha Betrayed

Author: Noenoe K. Silva

Description: Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.

Born in Paradise

Author: Armine von Tempski

Description: The autobiographical tale of childhood on a Maui ranch in the early part of this century. A classic account of old Hawaii, warm-spirited and evocative.

Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii

Author: James L. Haley

Description: A fascinating history of America’s youngest (and, arguably, most unique) state. Historian and biographer James Haley charts Hawaii’s epic journey from kingdom to statehood with authority.

Dismembering Lahui, A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887

Author: Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio

Description: Osorio charts the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887.

Eyewitness Guide Hawaii

Author: Eyewitness Guides

Description: An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.

From a Native Daughter, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii

Author: Haunani-Kay Trask

Description: Trask, a descendant of the Pi'ilani line of Maui and the Kahakumakaliua line of Kauai, explores issues of racism and imperialism in Hawaii, documenting the work of native Hawaiian student organizations and the native Hawaiian self-governing organization Ka Lahuni Hawaii.


Author: James Michener

Description: A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.

Hawaii Fishwatcher's Field Guide

Author: I. Greenberg

Description: A handy, laminated card featuring full color illustrations of 60 common and spectacular denizens of Hawaiian coral reefs.

Hawaii Wildlife

Author: James Kavanagh

Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

Author: Liliuokalani

Description: A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands.

Hawaii, Islands Under the Influence

Author: Noel J. Kent

Description: A history of economic development in the islands from sandalwood and whaling to sugar, tourism and Japanese investment in the 1980s.

Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Author: Les Beletsky

Description: This all-around field guide features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish with notes on Hawaii's geology and popular parks and reserves.

Hawaiian Islands Map

Author: Nelles

Description: A map of all the individual Hawaiian Islands, including maps of O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i at 1:150,000 and of Hawai'i at 1:330,000. Includes an inset map of Waikiki.

Hotel Honolulu

Author: Paul Theroux

Description: This hilarious sendup of ex-pats and their ilk, drawing on Theroux's time in the islands, where he has a home, features a full cast of eccentrics who reside in and visit a fleabag hotel on the coast of Oahu.

Lost Kingdom

Author: Julia Flynn Siler

Description: Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.

Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

Author: Mark Twain

Description: These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.


Author: Alan Brennert

Description: Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, Brennert's richly imagined novel of seven-year-old Rachel Kalama -- full of tales of stories of old Hawaii -- draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'I.

Nation Within, The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i

Author: Tom Coffman

Description: Coffman follows the rising tensions between the U.S. and the once-independent Hawaii through the late 19th century, documenting how the native population resisted annexation.

Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii

Author: Elizabeth Bentzel Buck

Description: By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Author: Thurston Clarke

Description: A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.

Plague And Fire, Battling Black Death And the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown

Author: James C. Mohr

Description: Mohr relates the gripping tale of the bubonic plague that reached Hawaii's shores just as the islands were about to become a U.S. territory through the eyes of the people caught up in the vast conflagration that engulfed Honolulu's Chinatown.

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

Author: Gavan Daws

Description: A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.

The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage

Author: Rachel Laudan

Description: Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history. With 150 recipes.

The Island Edge of America, A Political History of Hawaii

Author: Tom Coffman

Description: Journalist Tom Coffman brings Hawaii's story into the twentieth century through this reinterpretation of major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Author: Sarah Vowell

Description: Tracking the Americanization of Hawaii from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1820 to the annexation in 1898 (Queen Liliuokalani was in Washington lobbying to save her nation during the McKinley inauguration), Vowell shows the complex interplay of god, business and tradition with her usual acerbic wit (and research).

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth

Author: Maurice Krafft

Description: By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.

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