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Books to read

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I am almost done with the book the leper by steve thayer. The end is about his time on molokani leper colony. Any interesting reading you can share that has to do with the islands?

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There is another book about the colony on Moloka'i titled Moloka'i that was very good. It tells the story of a little girl who was taken from her family and brought to Moloka'i and her experiences there. I enjoyed it. I read it just before I went to Kaua'i last year and the imagery in the book was perfect.

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Tony Horwitz...Blue Latitudes, awesome! About the affect of Capt.Cook on the South Pacific.

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I think *everyone* who comes to Hawai'i, and all of those who have been transplanted here, should read the late James Michener's "Hawai'i." It's a fact-based work of fiction that tells the story of the Hawaiian Islands from their birth until Statehood, 50 years ago this August. It's long, and it starts off rather slowly, but you get into it early on, and it's definitely a "page turner" from that point on.

BTW, the use of the word 'leper' and any reference to leprosy, is considered 'politically incorrect' these days. The name of this disease is "Hanson's Disease," and now it is of little concern in most parts of the world since modern medicine has all but eliminated it.

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Based on similar thread many months (years?) back, I read Molokai, Blue Lattitudes and re-read Hawaii. They were all terrific reads with Michener's Hawaii leading the way.

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"The Legends and Myths of Hawaii" by His Hawaiian Majesty Kalakaua - - fascinating.

"Aloha O Kalapana" by Frankie Stapelton.

"Maui - Mile by Mile" by John Derrick (he has a couple out - the best Road to Hana guide book)

There are also quite a few great reads on the island of Niihau.

I have a great, but large, book on the history and culture of the east side of Maui - if I can remember to unearth it from current chaos on Tuesday I will provide the title (currently offsite)

Get a copy of "New Hawaiian Pocket Dictionary" by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert.

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"Shark Dialogs" by Kiana Davenport, excellent.

Michner's "Hawaii"

"No Footprints in the Sand," written by a Hansen's Disease patient, who actually gave tours of Molokai through Father Damien Tours(?).

Mark Twain wrote about his time in Hawaii, which is humorous as well as interesting from a time perspective.

I discovered an author who was born and raised in the Upcountry, Maui, Armine Von Tempski. Her works are simple novels, but give a very good insight into life on the islands in the early 1900s. Some of the things she wrote are rather racist for today, but you have to realize that her work reflects the thinking of her day. I read her for the glimpses into life on the islands long ago, and caution that you could be offended by some of the things she (innocently) wrote, not being part of the "politically correct"generation.

I also like "Hawaii" magazine and guidebooks.

Are you talking fiction? or non-fiction?


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James Michener's Hawaii will give you a good understanding of the blending of the Hawaiian cultures, maybe also Tales of the South Pacific by Michener as well.

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I think "Shark Dialogues" by Davenport is one of the best books I have ever read. Having been to Molokai I just really enjoyed it. No Footprints in the Sand was ok.

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I would read Tales of the So Pacific for a feel for Hawaii. Definitely not his best ... and early work. Focus is the South Seas during WW II. The movie South Pacific is loosely ... and I mean LOOSELY ... based on the book.

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