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The Best of Hawaii

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

HWI170
Mark Twain
University of Hawaii Press
1989
298
0824802888
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.
$18.99

Hawaii Wildlife

HWI245
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2010
1583556133
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.
$7.95

Eyewitness Guide Hawaii

HWI46
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
252
1465427058
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.
$23.00

Hawaiian Islands Map

HWI42
Nelles
Nelles Maps
2016
1
3865745490
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
Nelles' clear, simple-fold map of the Hawaiian islands features the roadways and topography of Hawaii's Big Island (1:330,000). Insets (scaled at 1:35,000) depict: Kailua-Kona, Keauhou, Captain Cook, Waimea, Honoka'a, Kapa'au and Hilo. Two Sides. 20x36 inches.
$9.95

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

HWI247
Trails Illustrated
Trails Illustrated
2011
1
1566953294
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.
$11.95

Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii

HWI271
James L. Haley
St. Martin's Press
2015
464
1250070392
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.99

Lost Kingdom

HWI254
Julia Flynn Siler
Atlantic Monthly Press
2013
480
0802120709
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.
$17.00

Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941

HWI68
Thurston Clarke
Ballantine Books
2001
400
0345446070
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

HWI02
Gavan Daws
University of Hawaii Press
1989
494
0824803248
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.99

The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage

HWI257
Rachel Laudan
University of Hawaii Press
1996
304
0824817788
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$31.99

Unfamiliar Fishes

HWI248
Sarah Vowell
Riverhead Books
2012
256
159448564X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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).
$16.00

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen

HWI20
Liliuokalani
Lightning Source
2004
410
1566476844
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands.
$24.95

Behold the Many

HWI195
Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2007
352
0374110158
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this seventh novel, Yamanaka explores multi-faceted immigrant Hawaii through powerful tale of the travails of three sisters in the early 20th century.
$18.00

From Here to Eternity

HWI16
James Jones
Bantam Doubleday
1991
954
0385333641
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
One of the finest books on the army and World War II, this powerful tale is set among the soldiers at the US Army base at Diamond Head in 1941. While the army is the primary subject of the book, it's also a vivid portrait of Hawaii just before Pearl Harbor.
$18.00

Hawaii

HWI17
James Michener
Random House
2002
937
0375760377
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.
$20.00

Hotel Honolulu

HWI72
Paul Theroux
Mariner Books
2002
424
0618219153
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

House of Many Gods

HWI196
Kiana Davenport
Ballantine Books
2007
368
0345481518
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Davenport's third novel, a rich evocation of life in Hawaii, follows a young woman trying to escape poverty and the Russian filmmaker who captures her heart.
$17.00

Moloka'i

HWI259
Alan Brennert
St. Martin's Press
2004
400
0312304358
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.99

Shark Dialogues

HWI03
Kiana Davenport
Penguin Putnam
1995
490
0452274583
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Riveting and rich in local imagery, this acclaimed novel follows the lives and loves of seven generations of Hawaiian women.
$18.00

Sleeping Beauties

HWI18
Susanna Moore
Vintage Books
1994
231
067975539X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A fine novel featuring some beautifully rendered passages on the islands. It's the story of a young runaway, her eccentric aunt (an expert on local lore), and an opportunity to escape island life.
$13.00

Tales of the Pacific

PAC02
Jack London
Penguin
1989
232
0140183582
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Jack London spent the last year and a half of his life in and around the Hawaiian Islands. This collection of tales, skirting the line between fiction and non-fiction, is some of his last and best writing, richly evoking the islands.
$13.00

The Descendants

HWI255
Kaui Hart Hemmings
Random House
2008
297
0812977823
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The bittersweet tale of a storied Hawaiian family in crisis, adapted for the Alexander Payne movie starring George Clooney.
$16.00

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

GEO02
Richard Fisher
Princeton University Press
1998
344
0691002495
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
$38.95

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

HWI32
H. Douglas Pratt
Princeton University Press
1987
409
0691023999
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
$49.95

Hawaii Fishwatcher's Field Guide

HWI53
I. Greenberg
Seahawk Press
1983
LB-1105
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handy, laminated card featuring full color illustrations of 60 common and spectacular denizens of Hawaiian coral reefs.
$7.50

Hawaii Trees & Wildflowers: An Introduction to Familiar Species

HWI239
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2010
1583555099
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers and also includes a habitat map featuring prominent botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability.
$7.95

Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides

HWI50
Les Beletsky
Interlink Publishing Group
2005
350
1566566134
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.95

Hawaiian Marine Invertebrates, Shells of Hawaii

HWI54
I. Greenberg
Seahawk Press
1987
LB-1106
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A convenient laminated double-sided card featuring full color illustrations of cowries, cones and other shells, crabs, corals and other invertebrates.
$7.50

Shore Fishes of Hawaii

HWI55
John Randall
University of Hawaii Press
2010
232
0824834275
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.
$19.99

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Insight Guide Hawaii

HWI49
Hans Johannes Hoefer
Insight Guides
2014
320
178005100X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An illustrated overview of Hawaii with essays on its attractions, history, nature and culture.
$22.99

Fodor's Essential Hawaii

HWI214
Inc. Fodor's Travel Publications
Fodor's
2016
624
1101879920
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.99

For Kids

Blue Skin of the Sea

HWI83
Graham Salisbury
Laurel-Leaf Publishing
1994
224
0440219051
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
A wonderful coming-of-age novel for young adults, set in a Hawaiian fishing village in the 1950s and 60s.
$6.99

Stowaway

OCE81
Karen Hesse
Aladdin Books
2002
320
0689839898
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
For this novel, renowned children's author Karen Hesse imagines the voyages of Captain Cook (including landings in Australia and New Zealand), from the point of view of a young stowaway named Nicholas. Ages 9-14.
$7.99

Into The Volcano

GEO39
Donna O'Meara
Hachette
2007
56
1553376935
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
O'Meara's lively, illustrated eyewitness accounts of adventures in volcanology include Arenal in Costa Rica, Kilauea in Hawaii and Stromboli off the coast of Italy. Geared for grades 5 to 8, this is a great introduction to volcanoes for the whole family.
$9.95

Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits

HWI202
Caren Loebel-Fried
University of Hawaii Press
2002
128
0824825373
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
Ancient legends are brought to life in 60 beautiful block prints, many vibrantly colored, and narrated in a lively "read-aloud" style, just as storytellers of old may have told them hundreds of years ago.
$26.99

Voyage to the Volcano

HWI211
Judith Bauer Stamper
Scholastic Inc.
2003
0439429358
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
From the popular Magic School Bus series. Ms. Frizzle takes her class to Hawaii, for an explosive tour of a live volcano.
$4.99