Would you like to learn the history of Hawaiʻi, and get to know its culture and traditions through the convenience of a book? This one has it all: photographs, stories, and history, all told by a traveler who wanted to study that firsthand.
What she compiled is a fun way to learn about Hawaiʻi, the result of her own, self-taught course about the Islands. It includes a bibliography and a glossary of Hawaiian words and phrases at the end, complete with a pronunciation key.
As a bonus, the names, addresses, phone numbers, and websites of the places she visited are listed in the bibliographies of both San Francisco - a stop along the way to Hawaiʻi - and for Hawaiʻi itself.
Here is a brief summary of the fun described in this travelogue:
In October of 2012, the author and her parents took a trip to Hawai‘i, visiting O‘ahu and the Big Island.
They stayed at a beautiful resort on O‘ahu called Ko Olina, which means “to be filled with happiness” in the Hawaiian language.
They toured historic sites – ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu and Hulihe‘e Palace in Kailua-Kona.
They visited the dead sailors aboard the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.
They took a ride in an electric submarine in the waters off Waikiki.
They drove down Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island, and then down Chain of Craters Road to see where Kilauea had erupted over the pavement and into the Pacific Ocean.
They tasted delicious Kona coffee and saw how it was grown, harvested, dried, and roasted.
They attended a hokey lu‘au on O‘ahu and a wonderfully educational one on the Big Island.
They walked through a tropical garden on each of the Islands that they visited, looking at orchids, butterflies, palm trees, macadamia trees, and cannonball trees.
In short, the author led her parents on a fascinating tour of Hawaiian history, language, music, cuisine, culture, botany, zoology, and volcanology.
About the Author
Ms. Fox has written several books on a variety of topics, including the effects of human overpopulation on the environment, Asperger's, and travel to Kuwait and Hawai'i.
Her areas of interest include - but are not limited to - history, herstory, women's studies, biographies, dystopian and science fiction, human overpopulation, ecosystems collapse, law, international relations, the history of chemical weapons use in war, the economic meltdown of 2008, honeybee colony collapse disorder, Asperger's, and cats.
Table of Contents
Planning the Trip…and Studying For It
A Brief History of Hawai‘i
The Flight Out
A Side Trip to San Francisco
A Flight and an Agricultural Declaration Form
Aloha and a Lei
The Ko Olina Beach Villas
The Ko Olina Resort
Daddy’s Fantasy – Avoiding H-1’s Heavy Traffic
Ala Moana Center and Na Hoku
Visiting the Dead at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
Exploring O‘ahu by Car
An Electric Submarine Ride Off Waikiki
The Royal Hawaiian Band
Washington Place – Lili‘uokalani’s Home
Foster Botanical Garden
A Hokey Lu‘au
Princess Ka‘iulani and Her Pet Peacock
Na Kahili and a Petition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Honolulu International Airport
Aloha to Kona
Aston Kona by the Sea
A Ride Between 2 Volcanoes but Not Over Another
A Ride Back via Kohala
Downtown Kailua-Kona on Ali‘i Drive
Kona Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation
New Landscapes – Volcano National Park
A Lu‘au at Historic Kamakahonu
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Huggo’s on the Rocks…and Other Eateries
Kona International Airport
The Return Trip…an Unwanted Adventure
Glossary of Hawai’ian Words
Bibliography of San Francisco Research
Bibliography of Hawai‘i Research
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent history and travel guide! This travelogue tells the reader everything and anything that they might possibly need to know about having a good time on O'ahu and the Big Island. It covers everything from beautfiul resort accommodations to historic palaces to volcanology, marine life, native birds, and botany. Recommended for anyone who wants armchair travel or expert advice on a planned trip to the Islands.