Our list of some of the best Hawaiian History books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
- Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii (2015)
- Hawaiian Mythology (1982)
- Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887 (2002)
- Fornander’s Ancient History of the Hawaiian People to the Times of Kamehameha I (2005)
- Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport (1996)
- Timeline Hawaii: An Illustrated Chronological History of the Islands (2013)
- The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) (2019)
- Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture (2013)
- Hawaii (2002)
- Hawaii: A History from Polynesian Kingdom to American Statehood (1979)
- Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen (1991)
The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its “discovery” by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific.
Hawaiian Mythology (1982)
Ku and Hina-man andwoman-were the great ancestral gods of heaven and earth for the ancientHawaiians. They were life’s fruitfulness and all the generations of mankind,both those who are to come and those already born.The Hawaiian gods werelike great chiefs from far lands who visited among the people, entering their dailylives sometimes as humans or animals, sometimes taking residence in a stone orwooden idol.
Jonathan Osorio investigates the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this impressive political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887, which effectively placed political power in the kingdom in the hands of white busines…
A reprint of this classic of precontact history tracing Hawaii’s saga from legendary times to the arrival of Captain Cook, including an account of his demise. Originally published as volume II in the "An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origins and Migration," this historical work is made available again.
Surfing traces the history of the sport from its beginnings in ancient Hawaii through the mid 1960s. This revised edition of the 1966 classic features extensive illustrations, a new introduction, and articles by Mark Twain and Jack London recounting their observations on surfing.
This highly illustrated timeline, with over 300 photographs, moves readers through the history of Hawaiian Islands, telling a story point by point until a fuller picture emerges. In this volume are collected the dates and names of the men and women who have affected these Islands, some for the better, some for worse.
The Great Book of Hawaii: The Crazy History of Hawaii with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) (2019)
How much do you know about the Aloha State? There’s so much to learn about Hawaii that even residents of the state don’t know! In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Hawaii’s history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! And so much more!As an added bonus, you’ll learn words from the Hawaiian language throughout the book.This book is packed with trivia facts about Hawaii.
“Only one American state was formally a sovereign monarchy.
Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries—until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions.
Book by Kuykendall, Ralph Simpson
The Hawaiian kingdom’s last monarch wrote her biography in 1897, the year before the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. Her story covers six decades of island history told from the viewpoint of a major historical figure. Introduction by Glen Grant.
Best Hawaiian History Books Everyone Should Read
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Aloha rodeo: three Hawaiian cowboys, the world's greatest rodeo, and a hidden history of the American West
Author(s): Smith, Julian;Wolman, David
ID: 2731749, Publisher: HarperCollins;William Morrow, Year: 2019;2018, Size: 8 Mb, Format: epub
The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History
Author(s): Noenoe K. Silva
ID: 2793462, Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2017, Size: 12 Mb, Format: pdf
Hawaiian Natural History, Ecology, and Evolution
Author(s): Alan C. Ziegler
ID: 2945480, Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, Year: 2002, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.