Pacific American-News Journal
Nowemapa/Kekemapa - November/December 1996
Volume 2 Issue 11
Island History from the Pages of
Edited by Bob Dye, Published in 1996 by the University of
This is a fascinating book introducing one to the beginnings
of our beautiful Hawaiian Islands with an article on the
Volcanic Origins and another introducing the reader
to this Land of Gods.
There are sections on Explorers and Exploiters in
which Herb Kawainui Kane suggests the Spanish were the first
European discoverers of Hawai`i, Travelers and Their
Tales of such as Mark Twain, Jack London and Robert Louis
Stevenson; Places, People, and Prejudice, articles
written with such feeling and understanding one can't escape
experiencing pain when reading of the stone-eating song, Koolau,
his wife, Piilani and their son, Kaleimanu.
The book ends with articles about Pearl Harbor and war
in the Pacific. There is much anguish here also as the
reader is reminded of the injustices not only for the Japanese
but also the Germans and Italians.
There is a certain intimacy in the writing of the stories of
Hawai`i's past that is very warm and elicits and even greater
sense of aloha for the Islands than this reader had before. Great
reading on these chilly Mainland evenings.
Book review by Rev. Virginia Teibel
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