Suggested Reading List
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.
Among Giants, A Life with Whales
Author: Flip Nicklin
Description: Humpbacks, narwhals, sperm whales, orcas and other cetaceans parade through this illustrated memoir by the ocean-obsessed, National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin.
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.
Fodor's Maui with Molaka'i and Lana'I
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, saturated with valuable information on accommodation, shopping, sights, and dining on the island of Maui.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Extreme Life of the Sea
Author: Stephen R. Palumbi, Anthony Palumbi
Description: Including the earliest, the most archaic, the smallest, the deepest, the oldest, the hottest and coldest marine life on Earth, this book by the Palumbi father-son team shows how marine life thrives against the odds. They probe the icy Arctic’s hydrothermal vents, the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches and every ocean and sea in between to describe some of the most extreme life on the planet.
The Grandest of Lives, Eye to Eye With Whales
Author: Douglas H. Chadwick
Description: Wildlife biologist Charwick opens with his eye-to-eye encounter with a humpback off the coast of Maui in this group portrait of the humpback, northern bottlenose, blue whale, minke whale and orca.
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.
Author: Philip Hoare
Description: A deeply engaging meditation on all things whale. Hoare saves his special love and attention for the sperm whale -- not only via a beautiful literary analysis of Moby Dick -- but also by indulging in a childhood fantasy and actually swimming with whales in the Azores.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
Author: Mark Carwardine
Description: In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.