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A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands
by Phil Barnes
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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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
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.