Regardless of how many times I visit the Hawaiian islands I continue to learn more about the history of these beautiful islands. Part of of my love for the islands and curiosity is fueled by several books I have read over the years, especially those about the Royal Family, preservation of the islands, local restaurants and folklore.
Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani with introduction by Glen Grant – Mutual Publishing -Honolulu,Hawaii – First published in 1898, this book was a plea for justice for her people during the difficult years at the end of the nineteenth century.
Exploring Lost Hawai’i – Places of Power,History,Mystery & Magic by Ellie and William Crow — Island Heritage Publishing (a division of the Madden Corporation) www.islandheritage.com – The writers spent a great deal of time doing research and it shows covering everything from menehune, sacred heiau and powerful ali’i. Covering historical and cultural significant sites on all the islands, and providing details, directions to each site and they share their own personal experiences during their visits.
Preserving Paradise – Opportunities in Volunteering for Hawai’i’s Environment by Kirsten Whatley Island Heritage Publishing (a division of the Madden Corporation) www.islandheritage.com to order 1-800-468-2800 — Whether helping to remove invasive nonnative plants from ancient taro patches or ancient fish ponds, building cages in the sand to protect sea turtle eggs from predators – if you are willing to give up one day of your vacation there are many grass-root organizations working across all the Hawaiian Islands to preserve the beautiful islands we all love so much. This book is full of opportunities to help preserve paradise.
The Puka Guide – 100 Hawaiian-Style Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants by Donovan M. Dela Cruz and Jodi Endo Chai ( Forward by Chef Alan Wong) Watermark Publishing www.bookshawaii.net 1-866-900-Book This wonderful little book is a wealth of information about all the hidden culinary treasures throughout the islands – the way the writers tells the history of each restaurant, offers directions, phone number and hours of operation and the must try item(s) on the menu.