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Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

by Mark Twain

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit. (HWI170, $17.99)

Eyewitness Guide Hawaii

Eyewitness Guide Hawaii

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb. (HWI46, $23.00)

Hawaiian Islands Map

Hawaiian Islands Map

by Nelles

  • MAP

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. (HWI42, $13.95)

 
Hawaii Adventure Map

Hawaii Adventure Map


by National Geographic Society

  • 2012
  • MAP

This excellent double-sided map in the growing series shows the Big Island at a scale of 1:220,000. (HWI260, $11.95)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2011
  • MAP

This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area. (HWI247, $11.95)

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Honolulu & Oahu

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Honolulu & Oahu


by Inc. Dorling Kindersley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (HWI266, $14.00)

Fodor's Hawaii

Fodor's Hawaii


by Inc. Fodor's Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 672 PAGES

Now in full color, this practical guide in the popular series is jammed with valuable, up-to-date information on where to stay, shop and eat. (HWI214, $22.99)

Moon Hawaiian Islands, Island Hopping Guide


by Kevin Whitton

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 896 PAGES

A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Hawaii. (HWI269, $24.99)

National Geographic Traveler Hawaii

National Geographic Traveler Hawaii


by Rita Ariyoshi

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

From well-known destinations to locales off the beaten path, National Geographic provides an extensive list of handpicked hotels and restaurants, shopping and entertainment options, as well as walking and driving tours. Great for an authentic immersion for whichever island you happen to be on. (HWI265, $22.95)

Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii

Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii


by James L. Haley

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 448 PAGES
  • COMING IN NOVEMBER

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. (HWI271, $29.99)

Lost Kingdom

Lost Kingdom


by Julia Flynn Siler

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. (HWI254, $16.00)

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941


by Thurston Clarke

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII. (HWI68, $19.00)

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands


by Gavan Daws

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 494 PAGES

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. (HWI02, $22.99)

The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage

The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage


by Rachel Laudan

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

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. (HWI257, $31.99)

Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes


by Sarah Vowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • NEW

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). (HWI248, $16.00)

Born in Paradise

Born in Paradise


by Armine von Tempski

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1985
  • PAPER
  • 342 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

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. (HWI21, $14.95)

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen


by Liliuokalani

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 410 PAGES

A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands. (HWI20, $24.95)

Hawaii

Hawaii


by James A. Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 937 PAGES

A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959. (HWI17, $17.00)

Hotel Honolulu

Hotel Honolulu


by Paul Theroux

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

This hilarious sendup of ex-pats and their ilk, drawing on Theroux's time in the islands, where he has a home, features a full cast of eccentrics who reside in and visit a fleabag hotel on the coast of Oahu. (HWI72, $14.95)

Moloka'i

Moloka'i


by Alan Brennert

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, Brennert's richly imagined novel of seven-year-old Rachel Kalama -- full of tales of stories of old Hawaii -- draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'I. (HWI259, $14.99)

Shark Dialogues

Shark Dialogues


by Kiana Davenport

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 490 PAGES

Riveting and rich in local imagery, this acclaimed novel follows the lives and loves of seven generations of Hawaiian women. (HWI03, $18.00)

The Descendants

The Descendants


by Kaui Hart Hemmings

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 297 PAGES

The bittersweet tale of a storied Hawaiian family in crisis, adapted for the Alexander Payne movie starring George Clooney. (HWI255, $15.00)

Chasing Lava, A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Chasing Lava, A Geologist's Adventures at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory


by Wendell A. Duffield

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

An abundantly illustrated and lively overview of volcanoes, volcanism, plate tectonics, hot spots and field work from a geologist at Kilauea. (HWI184, $16.00)

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth

Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth


by Maurice Krafft

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science. (GEO06, $15.95)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific

A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific


by H. Douglas Pratt

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds. (HWI32, $47.50)

Hawaii Birds

Hawaii Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PLASTIC CARD

Handy for a pocket or backpack, this durable, fold-out bird reference features 150 species familiar to Hawaii. (HWI268, $6.95)

Hawaii Fishwatcher's Field Guide

Hawaii Fishwatcher's Field Guide


by I. Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1983
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated card featuring full color illustrations of 60 common and spectacular denizens of Hawaiian coral reefs. (HWI53, $7.50)

Hawaii Trees & Wildflowers: An Introduction to Familiar Species

Hawaii Trees & Wildflowers: An Introduction to Familiar Species


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 2 PAGES

Includes illustrations of over 120 plant species. (HWI239, $6.95)

Hawaii Wildlife

Hawaii Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PLASTIC CARD

A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii. (HWI245, $6.95)

Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


by Les Beletsky

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 350 PAGES

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. (HWI50, $27.95)

Shore Fishes of Hawaii

Shore Fishes of Hawaii


by John Randall

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see. (HWI55, $19.99)

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