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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author: Andrew Doughty
Description: Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.
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.
Author: Kiana Davenport
Description: Riveting and rich in local imagery, this acclaimed novel follows the lives and loves of seven generations of Hawaiian women.
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.
Shore Fishes of Hawaii
Author: John Randall
Description: A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.
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.
The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
Author: Paddy Ryan
Description: This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories
Author: Rick Carroll (Editor)
Description: This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.
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).