While Hawaii is our 50th State, it is unlike any other state in the union. Located further from land than any other island chain in the world, Hawaii has a unique culture, history and language. Before you visit Hawaii, you should learn a bit about the people of Hawaii.
An excellent book to help you learn about the people who are keeping the Hawaiian culture alive in their chosen professions and hobbies - from hula to canoe racing; making tapa to taro planting. Learn about the people and culture of Hawaii before you visit the islands of Hawaii.
This book focuses on post-contact Hawaii from the Western perspective. This is a very readable and meticulously researched history. This should be the starting place for anyone interested in the majestic and tragic past of the Hawaiian Islands.
The premier book on Hawaiian mythology written in 1940, but reads like it was written today. If you are planning to visit Hawaii, you should learn about the people of Hawaii and this book tells you a lot about their ancient culture.
The best Hawaiian dictionary, bar none. When asked about spelling or the meaning(s) of a word or phrase, the answer is likely to be "Pukui says..." or "According to Pukui..."
A really interesting and useful book that will help you with the meaning of many Hawaiian names when you visit the islands.
A beautiful coffee table size book with photos of actual quilts and detailed explanations. In both Japanese and English.
A complete guide to the tradition, heritage and cultural significance of Hawaiian quilts.
An excellent introduction to Hawaii's history, through expert and very accurate storytelling by one of America's favorite authors.
By the author of Shoal of Time, an excellent biography of Father Damien as well as a social history of leprosy in the late nineteenth century.
A course book and audio tapes so that you can learn the beautiful language of Hawaii. The package includes step-by-step instructions, exercises and more.