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Old 05-03-2013, 07:39 AM
 
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If you had to suggest a book,or credible site on accurate Hawaiian history what book or site would that be? More than one if you have them. Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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Amazon.com: The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii 1838-1917 (0716116008938): Helena G. Allen: Books

there is another I like very much about the same queen but I can't find my copy to give you the title.

I also read years ago and thought it good
Amazon.com: Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands (9780824803247): Gavan Daws: Books
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Hawaii Pono by Lawrence Fuchs, suggested as a pairing with James Michener's Hawaii.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:03 PM
 
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Hawaii Pono by Lawrence Fuchs, suggested as a pairing with James Michener's Hawaii.
Michener's Hawaii, and his other books as well, are awesome reads and reads and reads and reads.....
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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I don't think Michener ever visited Hawaii. He had his characters wearing BANANA FLOWERS in their hair.

Which era of Hawaiian history were you interested in? Old, new or current? How did we get here from there sorts?
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:24 PM
 
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I don't think Michener ever visited Hawaii. He had his characters wearing BANANA FLOWERS in their hair.

Which era of Hawaiian history were you interested in? Old, new or current? How did we get here from there sorts?
I like the part about Lomi Lomi.

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Old 05-04-2013, 12:00 AM
 
Location: mainland but born oahu
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Im currently reading Dismembering Làhui by Jonathan Key Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio. Its a history of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 when hoales startted having influence in policy of the nation. Im on the 2nd chapter, its goes into details on how rich hoales and missionaries manipulated the monarchy and how they set themselves in power! Good so far.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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I don't think Michener ever visited Hawaii.
James A. Michener lived in Hawai'i for years...

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Michener crossed the Pacific many times. In 1949, he took up residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, and became actively involved in Hawaiian civic affairs. Ten years later, his novel Hawaii was published and became an immediate best-seller. It had been four years in preparation and three in writing, and he finished writing it on the day that Congress voted Hawaii into the Union. James Michener Biography -- Academy of Achievement
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He had his characters wearing BANANA FLOWERS in their hair.
Yeah, that was goofy, but the beautiful and fragrant plumeria blossom that we think of as being sooooo quintessentially Hawaiian today didn't even reach Hawai'i from the Americas until 1860, so I don't know what he was thinking. Matter of fact, most of the flowers we consider Hawaiian did not reach the islands until after the first contact by Westerners (1787) Hawaiian Encyclopedia*:*Popular and Traditional Lei Flowers

Due in large part to Michener's extensive research before he began writing, he's general credited with a high level of historical accuracy in his acclaimed novel, which spans island-forming volcanic eruptions to statehood. The only error that seems of major significance today was his account of the original Hawaiians coming from Bora Bora, rather than our current understanding that they came from the Marquesa Islands. But in his defense, the Bora Bora theory was widely supported 60 years ago.

Ironically, Michener died in Austin, not far from where the OP lives. He spent his last years there, associated with the University of Texas. Although he left the largest portion of his estate to his alma mater, Swarthmore College, key pieces of his extensive collection of modern art are now on permanent display at the Blanton Art Museum at UT. He also funded a writing program and a writing scholarship at UT.
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Kahala
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The James Michener Hawaii really is a must read for anyone living in Hawaii - or just love Hawaii. You follow history - but you also follow characters on how they lived their lives. It is really an awesome book.

I can't imagine someone would not like this book. You will learn a lot of things about Hawaii.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Kūkiʻo, HI & Manhattan Beach, CA
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If you had to suggest a book,or credible site on accurate Hawaiian history what book or site would that be? More than one if you have them. Thank you in advance.
As a member of the Hawaiian Historical Society, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the online archives of the Hawaiian Journal of History...
Hawaiian Journal of History -- Online Archives
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