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Hawai'i One Summer

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I did not wait for twenty years to write the pieces in this book, which is like a diary. There is sometimes only a week or two between an event and my writing about it. I wrote about my son s surfing upon coming home from it. I wrote about the high school reunion before going to it. The result is that I am making up meanings as I go along. Which is the way I live anyway. T ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by University of Hawaii Press
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Catherine
Jan 14, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
I'm diggin' essays at the moment, and I read this book right up.

Initially, I was motivated to get my hands on this collection because I came across and taught "Sea Worry" to my seventh graders a few years ago. It led to a surprisingly successful discussion about point of view: the teacher versus the students; and, my Hawaii born and bred students appreciated finally being able to identify the places an author is writing about.

So I wanted to attempt a repeat of this success with my current ninth
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Kimbrolynn
Apr 19, 2016 Kimbrolynn rated it it was amazing
I love books about the culture and the traditions of a time and place. Hawaii is full of spiritual folklore and is a heavy place to penetrate. I like the ways in which Maxine describes her reservations as an outsider who is unsure of her belonging as an activist, writer, and Chinese American from the mainland. I recently moved to Hawaii and was pleasantly surprised to learn she had lived here. I, too have the same reservations about my place on an island far out in the pacific that is embraced s ...more
Jenna
Sep 16, 2009 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: hawaii, essays
Simple, spare. A collection worth reading, especially Kingston's essays about her son's bodysurfing. I was fascinated by the reasoning behind her fears - it wasn't just that she was afraid for his safety, she also worried that as an athlete he would become too caught up in the world of the physical and "transcendental" and lose the ability to articulate himself verbally. A great, unexpected point, though not one that I ultimately find very convincing.

Kingston has gotten a lot of flack in the pa
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A.J. Llewellyn
Jun 22, 2010 A.J. Llewellyn rated it it was amazing
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There is a reason Kingston was declared A Living Treasure by the state of Hawaii. This book, deceptively small and liberally spiced with photographs is like collecting raindrops. She is my go-to gal whenever I want comfort books. A splendid book to read again and again.
I love all the stories and her description of the Hawaii of old and being able to hear the islands sing haunts me.
I would love,love, LOVE to own one of the hand-printed copies one day.
Marilyn
Apr 19, 2016 Marilyn rated it did not like it
50 States and at least 50 authors 2016 Reading Challenge. HAWAII.

A waste of paper. A waste of time. You will learn nothing of Hawaii and only bits about the author's pathetic life.
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She was born as Maxine Ting Ting Hong to a laundry house owner in Stockton, California. She was the third of eight children, and the first among them born in the United States. Her mother trained as a midwife at the To Keung School of Midwifery in Canton. Her father had been brought up a scholar and taught in his village of Sun Woi, near Canton. Tom left China for America in 1924 and took a job in ...more
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