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A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands

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A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands covers the major events and personalities in Hawaiian history from the first human landfall in the islands to the arrival of Captain Cook, through the sovereignty movement of the late 1990's to the administration of the current governor, Linda Lingle. Included are accounts of missionaries and whalers, ali'i and kahuna, the Hawaiian ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Petroglyph Press, Limited (first published November 1st 1999)
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Forrest Norvell
Mar 20, 2010 Forrest Norvell rated it really liked it
Terse is maybe a better description than concise, but Barnes's heart is clearly in the right place and this is an excellent primer for vacationers (like me) who want to dip their toes in at the shallow end of Hawaiian history before deciding whether they want to make a more significant commitment. Hawaii has a very complex history and lots of competing versions of historical reality; Barnes does an admirable job of navigating these treacherous shoals with his objectivity mostly intact. Now I got ...more
Theresa
Dec 19, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
It can't be easy to write a concise history of a state with as much going on Hawaii has, but Phil Barnes did it. The writing is interesting, easy to read, and the length of the book - just 93 pages - makes it approachable where a longer tome may discourage readers from even starting.
Tony Christ
Feb 05, 2015 Tony Christ rated it liked it
The title doesn't lie. It is a concise history of HI. We briefly teach HI history in my US History class. I've learned a few things I can add to my lecture.
Jay
Dec 30, 2013 Jay rated it liked it
A nice short history lesson about Hawaii -- perfect for reading on or before your Hawaiian vacation.
Jennifer
Very non-native & missionary, white man centric bias history of the islands. Skip it, find something more fair & balanced!
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Great short read on the way to Hawaii for vacation. Appreciate everything much more.
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