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Hawai‘i in World History: On-Line Resources

John Maunu


     From the earliest Polynesian migrations to competing views of Hawai‘i today as a paradise or a subjugated colonial state,  Hawai‘i looms much larger in world history than most "mainlanders" imagine. This article gathers Internet-based resources that it is hoped may be useful for educators exploring this at once familiar, but contested landscape.  These include resources, lessons, syllabi, films, topics such as  Hawai‘i in the Second World War and Oceania, articles, books, and bibliographies.  However, world historians might best begin with the following:

Ben Finney, "The Other One-Third of the Globe," Journal of World History, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall, 1994), 273-98 at

Edward G. Gray and Alan Taylor, "Introduction: Toward A Pacific World," in Common-Place website, January 2005.  Note links you can open in third paragraph to individual essays on Hawaiian immigrants, travelers, traders. See also the Interactive map at end of this short introduction for more articles on Pacific geographic-specific sites.  Either of these addresses will serve:

Resource Collections:
Center for Pacific Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Syllabus and bibliography collection plus Internet Resources.
Pacific Worlds website.  Note tabs at top linking to lesson plans, etc. al.
Digitial and digitized Hawaiian history and culture research collection University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Research Collections.
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Special Collections site.  Bibliographies, archives, etc.
The Hawaiian History Association website with links.
Lena Kanemori, Marco Polo website for educators, "Hawaiian Resources."
Hawai‘i history, architecture, missionary, etc. influences.
Polynesian Voyaging Societies..note bibliography, teacher lessons, etc. al.
Website, "Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawai‘i" @Ka Imi Noauao o Hawai‘i Nei.  Polynesian Voyaging and Hawaiian plants describing important plants carried in voyages crisscrossing Oceania and finally to Hawai‘i. site on Ancient Hawaiian history and culture.
Hawaiian history website Home with articles on ancient Hawai‘i.
Cogswell and Schiotz, "Potential Use of GSI for Sustainability and Self determination in Hawai‘i," 1996. Technology and Use of GIS (Geography Information System) by native Hawaiians in land claims.
Cogswell and Schiotz, continued, using GIS in Hawaiian history studies.
Oral History links. Scroll down page to Hawaiian Oral History links and sites.
Oral History Hawai‘i recent programs. Note that you can use some live links and research within this schedule of events.
Hawaiian Roots genealogy website with native history, stories and sources.
Hawaiian Roots genealogy resource page.
Sample link from Hawaiian Roots genealogy website--Hawaiian History--"Monarchies."
New World Encyclopedia, Hawaiian History, Economics, demography, etc. Sociology links and resources. Anthropology links and resources.
World History Archives website, "Hawaiian history," Note red arrow link to Oceania sources at top of this page.
History of Hawaiian foods. website primary source document on the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands 1898.
"Pre-Contact Hawaii:  The Polynesian Voyaging societies,"  Alternative Hawai‘i website.
Hawaiian encyclopedia per DNA research on Polynesian migrations.
PBS website supplying background for Film, "Wayfinders:  A Pacific Odyssey" third in a series of films beginning with "Hawai‘i:  Continuing Traditions" and "In the Wake of our Ancestors." website trailer (preview) of "Act of War:  The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation."American militarism and imperialism "attacks" Hawai‘ian native culture and nation in 19th century.
"Ka'i Mo'olelo:  Hawaiian Storytelling" website with Uncle Charley, CKM Cultural Resources.
Essays and stories on Hawai‘ian culture and history from native Hawaiian Kahu (Rev.) Charles
Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr.-note his resume:
Website dedicated to Hawai‘ian Culture and History.
Hawaiian website "Halau Mohala Ilima," dedicated to Hawai‘ian culture and music.

"Na Mooleo, Stories of Hawai‘i," Hawaiian Forest and Trail website.  Note many essays and articles on this site and right of page concerning Hawai‘ian culture, history.
Robert C. Kiste, "The Pacific Islands:  Images and Impacts." University of Hawai‘i Manoa, 1985.
Hawai‘i perspectives in 2000, Publications U. of Hawai‘i Manoa..note Kiste's article above on this website.
University of Mary Washington wiki on Asians in Hawaiian history.
John Mayes website, "Inquire Within," note links to excerpts of Dr. Friedrich Ratzei, "The History of Mankind, 3 Vol., London:  MacMillian, 1896.  Hawaiian marriage, social structure, etc. al.
J. C. Furnas, "Anatomy of Paradise:  Hawai‘i and the Islands of the South Seas," NY:  Curtis Publishing, 1937 from Internet Archive website.
Kalama Foundation claims to teach authentic Hawaiian pre-contact spirituality and philosophy.
Dr. Miland Brown blogsite section on Hawaii.

Lesson plans:
"Teaching Pacific Islands from Indigenous Perspectives:  A Teacher's Resource Guide," compiled by RDK Herman, Pacific Worlds, 2004.

Six Hawaiian Native Principles that go into Hawai‘ian education standards, such as Mana.  Mana is the power inherent in words, places, things (pdf).
Early Hawaiian Migration lessons.
"Hawaiian Traditions:  Dance, Chant, and Culture from Dance in America:  Holo Mai Pele," website with links and lessons.
Three Storytelling Activities and Lessons:  Alaska, Hawai‘i, and Mississippi (Choctaw) native storytelling lessons for students and teachers from
The American Folklife Center Folklife Resources for educators,  Echo: Education through cultural and History Organization.  Lessons and activities for all grades-Choctaw, Alaska natives, and Hawai‘ian native culture and history.
S. Ford, Hawaiian Rights Unit, "Ancient Hawaii,"  ancient history synopsis with questions, pdf.
Pacific Worlds website has eight lessons for high school and middle school students.
Oceania geography lesson module for sixth grade, but could be used for many age levels.  Thanks to
Polynesian geography, history and environment/oceans lesson plan.
"A Polynesian Story:  Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary" Lessons and short video clips.
Hawai‘i Department of Education lessons, curriculum, and resources for students and teachers.
Primary source lesson plan on Annexation of Hawai‘i 1897.
More on 1897 Annexation of Hawai‘i Lesson plan and Archives site with other lessons using documents.
PBS companion site to "Hawai‘i's Last Queen." Note lessons, etc. at bottom of this page, including  American imperialism lessons, resources and one lesson on Hawai‘i's "Last Queen" film at School of History, Philosophy, Religion
Imperialism lessons with Hawaiian examples.
Legacy of Pearl Harbor, a lesson plan.
Prisoner in One's own home.
Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor, a lesson plan.
Free power-point lessons on Hawai‘i.
Race lessons, 7 myths about Asians/Hawaiians. 
Cara Bafile, Hawai‘i Lessons for Teachers, Education World, 2001.
Walter McKenzie, Hawai‘i Lesson Plans for Teachers, Education World, 2000.

Beverly Hernandez, "State Unit Study-Hawaii," Homeschooling,
Middle School lesson on Hawai‘ian art.
Hoa' Aina O'Makaha (The Land) curriculum project on 5 acres of land in Honolulu, Hawai‘i where Honolulu children learn about traditional farming, seeds, plants.  This could be done in any school district in the world. Learning about the indigenous natives or earliest immigrants to your locale.
Mark Twain Letters From Hawaii Study Guide from  Analysis, plots summaries, lessons of Twain's letters from Hawaii.  Before Twain was famous he was hired to promote
Hawaiian sugar business, but seeing the horrid labor conditions his "letters" back home to the American press took on a cynical tone.  These letters could be lessons in TONE analysis.  Twain still needed a job and paycheck but his letters are laced with caustic humor and sarcasm.

Interactive Hawaiian Islands Map.
James Michener, Hawaii, Fawcett, Sept. 12, 1986, 1056 pp. study guides, essay tests, etc.
Hula site teaching the history of the hula and how to dance the hula.
Hula dance lesson.

Dr. Collette Higgins, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa 2003.

Module 6--note Polynesian language comparatives from Ms. Pat Kamalani Hurley, "Introduction to the Study of Language" course, Leeward Community College-U. of Hawai‘i, updated March 1, 2010. Home page:
Coordinator-Teresia Teaiwa (Suva, Figi), "The Politics of Pacific History" syllabus
part of the Center for Pacific Islands Study, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Dr. Jon Osorio, Course Coordinator, "Crossing Borders: Hawai‘i and Asia andPacific," University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 2004.
Dr. E. A. Kay, Natural History of Hawai‘i,  University of Hawai‘i at Manoa 1997.  Note links to huge number of other syllabi, bibliography,and internet resources on this site.
Introduction to Hawaiian Studies 2006.
Dr. Houston Wood, Literature course, Hawai‘i and the Pacific in Film, HPU.
Dr. Vilsoni Hereniko, Pacific Islanders in Film and Literature, U. of Hawai‘i at Manoa 2006.
Dr. Val Kalei Kanuka, Sociology course, Racism and Ethnicity in Hawai‘i 2007.
Dr. Paul Field, History of Hawai‘i, Windward Community College 2009.'06.pdf?CFID=1162262&CFTOKEN=d9c1f42c9f468a34-

Dr. Dean Alegado, Ethnic Studies, Filipinos in Hawai‘i, U. of Hawai‘i 2006.

Articles, Essays:
First Hawaiian History:  David Malo, "Hawai‘ian Antiquities (Mo 'oleo Hawai‘i," Honolulu Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd.  Translated from the Hawai‘ian language by Dr. N. B. Emerson, 1898.
Hawaiian Song deconstructed by Kihei de Silva, "Mapuna ka Halo o Kailua," song lyrics and essay describing a fragrant Halo flower grove named after wife of 11th century Hawaiian King, 2008.  Original 1982. History and culture via Music.
King Kamehameha who united all of Hawaii in late 18th century.
Ka'ahamanu, powerful Queen and favorite wife of King Kamehameha.
Mindi Reed, "Princess Ka'iulani:  Rose of Two Worlds," for Electric Scotland, "Women in History of Scot Descent:  Princess Ka'iulani."  Story of girl born in late 19th century in Hawai‘i to Hawaiian mother and Scot father.....
"Puma, Described by Visitors, Explorers and Residents, 1823-1930."  Primary source accounts of Puma coast trail on east central Hawai‘i island, including Journal of William Ellis, 1823.
Donald A. Swanson, "Hawaiian oral tradition describes 400 years of volcanic activity at Kilauea," US Geologic Survey, Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory found in "Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research," available on-line June 3, 2008.  Swanson also mentions Ellis' travels along Puma coast and Hawaiian oral traditions that describe volcanic eruptions in the 1500's.,_No._1/High_Chief_Boki,_by_Gavan_Daws,_p_65_-_83/p1
Gavan Davis, "The High Chief Boki: A Biographical Study in Early Nineteenth Century Hawaiian History," Journal of the Polynesian Society 75, no. 1(1966): 65-66.

This 2003 declaration of Independence from the United States of America by the Hawaiian kingdom is a primary source document indicating irritations within the Hawaiian body politic.
"The Law of the Splintered Paddle."  Ancient unwritten Hawaiian cultural codes of conduct and social rules.

"Cultural Imperialism in the late 19th Century as seen through Documents, Literature and Photographs," World History Connected, Vol. 3, no. 1 (February, 2006), an e-journal article (Feb., 2006) which reprints a superb, short memoir by famous Hawaiian writer, Helen R. Nagtalon-Miller, about her growing up on a Hawaiian plantation where migrant workers from all over the world created a syncretic culture constructed in the face of traditional ethnic exclusiveness among them and efforts by plantation owners to divide and rule them. The memoir is supported by questions developed by Gilbert to help draw students to these issues, especially in terms of food, language and family.

Kalo, ancient Hawaiian food one example being taro from  and
Diane Lee Rhodes with additions from Linda Wedel Greene, "A Cultural History of Three Traditional Hawaiian Sites on the West coast of Hawai‘i Island," last updated November 2001.
Economic History of Hawai‘i. Note population chart of Hawai‘i
and change over time.
Brief explanation of how sandalwood forests were depleted in Hawai‘i.
Pacific Worlds website section, "Aftermath," Kawaihae.  Kawaihae Bay was a main port for sandalwood and other trade.  Note images and other links, lessons, etc. at this site., "Sandalwood Trade."  distributed 2011.
For a wonderful article on the Hawaiian sandalwood trade and effect on environment see Gregory Rosenthal, "Boki's Predicament:  The Material Culture and Environmental History of Hawaiian Sandalwood, 1811-1830,World History Bulletin, 27, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 46-62 []. This article by Rosenthal, doctoral student at the State University of New York, Stony Brook won the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta/World History Assoc. Student Paper Prize in World History.
Lani Stemmerman, "Distribution and Status of Sandalwood in Hawai‘i."  In Lawence Hamiliton, Lawrence and C. Eugene Condrad, technical coordinators, "Proceedings of the Symposium on Sandalwood in the Pacific," April 9-11, 1990; Honolulu, Hawaii. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-122.  Berkeley, CA:  Pacific Southwest Research Station Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture:  p. 62-65.
Sample edition of The Contemporary Pacific magazine with abstracts of book reviews and essays in Project Muse.
Damon Salesa, "Cowboys in the House of Polynesia," The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall, 2010, pp. 330-48. Edgy, anti-colonial Point of View from historian Albert Wendt.  Example of one article from above magazine.
Summary of John P. Rosa, "Beyond the Plantation:  Teaching about Hawai‘i Before 1900," Journal of Asian American Studies, 7, no. 3 (Oct. 2004), 223-240.
Haunani-Kay Trask, "Lovely Hula Hands:  Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture," September 12, 2008.  Ms. Trask is a Native Hawai‘ian academic and activist who writes a scathing critique of excessive tourism and how it has hurt Hawai‘i.
University of Hawai'I's Pacific Journal, Science in the Pacific articles. April 4, 2011.
"ka-hooilinathe-legacy," UH Press Journals Log:  updates on issue contacts, abstracts, and other information, posted December 13, 2006.  Abstracts of articles on legacy issues in Hawaiian history.

Pre-write of Katrina Gulliver's, "Finding the Pacific World," which is also found in March, 2011 Journal of World History, Vol. 22, No. 1 @2011 by University of Hawai‘i Press, pp. 83-100.
C. Kanuelani Naome, " 'Oka 'Aina, ka 'Olelo A ME KE Kaiaulu," Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, Vol. 5, 2008.  (25 pp. pdf on Hawai‘ian Native culture).
LA Times articles on Hawai‘i.
"Hawaii Insider" blog, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011.  Note articles, essays, video links, and reviews on Hawaiian culture and history.
Monarchy in Hawai‘i.
"An Essay on Hawai‘i's People," Dr. Herb Barringer, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa December 2008.
Rosalind P. Murray-McIntosh,, "Testing Migration Patterns and Estimating Founding Population Size in Polynesia by using Human mtDNA Sequences" (1995).
Dennis O. Flynn and Artura Giraldez, Born With a "Silver Spoon:"  The Origin of World Trade 1571, Journal of World History, Vol. 6, No. 2 @1995 by University of Hawai‘i Press, 201 ff. Classic essay linking Pacific World to globe.
"Hawai‘i Has Been My America:  Generations, Gender, and Korean Immigrant Experience
in Hawai‘i Before WW II,
" Anne Soon Choi (17 pp. pdf).
"Hawaiians at Fort Vancouver,"  Vancouver Park Service and National Park Service, US Department of Interior, January 2009. One page pdf with images of Hawaiian families working in Vancouver, 1850's.
Kepa Malay and Onaona Maly, "WAI O Ke Ola:  He Wahi Mo 'Olelo No Maui Hikina:  Oral History Interviews With Families of Hamakua Poko, Hamakua Loa and Ko'olau, East Maui,"  December 1, 2001 @Kumu Pono Associates, Vol. II (512 pp. pdf).
Kepa Malay (Cultural Historian and Resource specialist) "Malama Pono I KA "AINA-An Overview of the Hawai‘ian Cultural Landscape," 2001, brief pdf.
Pauline Chinn,, "Ua Lele Ka Manu:  Indigenous/local inquiry Methods" focusing on "Science Education from Indigenous/local/placed-based perspectives," 2007.  A study on utilizing Indigenous culture in educating Hawaiian children.
Shin Buddhism introduced into Hawai‘i by Japanese immigrants.
UNESCO's 43 Heritage Lists maritime groups meet in Honolulu to discuss protection of waters off Hawaiian Islands, December 6, 2010.
Hawai‘i's Wave climate and effect of swells, currents on Hawai‘i's coasts.
Jack London in Hawai‘i.

Lawrence Downes, "Mark Twain's Hawaii," from the New York Times, Travel, Section May 14, 2006.
Mark Twain in The Sacramento Daily Union 1866.  Twenty-five letters from Mark Twain in
the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).

Twain's notes, "Roughing It in the West and Hawaii, 1861-1866," University of California Berkeley Library.

Kate Kelly, "Mark Twain and Hawaii Long Before it was 50th State,", Oct. 5, 2010.

Hawai‘i and the Second World War
US in Hawai‘i.
Remembering Pearl Harbor.
"I Witness to History Writing First-Person Accounts of Historical Events."
60 Years Later, Pearl Harbor's Arizona Haunts visitors.
Orville Quick Remembers Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor.
Legacy of Pearl Harbor, a lesson plan.
Prisoner in One's Own home.
Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor? a lesson plan.
World War II in Hawaii.
US Navy in Hawai‘i:  An United States Navy Administrative History beginning in mid-19th century.

Tinian Island, where Enola Gay embarked for bombing run on Hiroshima, see indigenous Chamorro people struggling for farm land, recently controlled by Chinese immigrants.
Koichi, "Why Japanese in Hawai‘i Weren't Interned in WW II," from Japanese History, July 28, 2008, short essay found in
Brief histories of the nations of Oceania, including most of the Pacific Ocean as well as portions of the Indian Ocean.  Excluded are island nations which have been traditionally considered a part of Asia.  [it includes Australia, New Zealand, and all of Polynesia].
J. R. McNeill, "Of Rats and Men:  A Synoptic Environmental History of the Island Pacific," Journal of World History, 5 no. 2 (1994), 299-349.
David Igler, "Diseased Goods:  Global Exchanges in the Eastern Pacific Basin, 1770-1850," The American History Review, Vol. 109, No. 3, June 2004.
Mariners Museum website:  James Cook voyage to Tahiti found in huge Maryland Schools website on World History, Religions, Geography, Migrations,  European history, Economics, etc.. Other Pacific links can be found here:
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Gananath Obeyesekere, "Cannibal Talk:  The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas," Berkeley:  U. of California Press, 2005.  320 pp.  Obeyesekere's satirical look at Europeans' preconceptions of South Sea Islanders.
Chef Alan Tsuchiyama, Asia/Pacific Cuisine, Kaptolani Community College, University of Hawai'I, 2006.
"Islands and Beaches':  The Pacific and Indian Oceans in the Long Nineteenth Century,"  Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram, in Gronville and Caius College bibliography of works with 19 study questions at the end.
Internet links and resources on Pacific Studies from University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Frank Blythe, Prod., "Storyteller of the Pacific:  Self Determination," 1996, 240 minutes.  Two part series of one hour documentaries on Pacific and Pacific Rim peoples.
Helen Gardner book review in Reviews in History site of Doug Munro, "The Ivory Tower and Beyond:  Participant Historians of the Pacific, Newcastle upon Tyne:  Cambridge Publishing, 2009.
Gwenola Ricordeau Review of Monique Mironesco and Kathy Ferguson, ed. Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific: Method, Practice, Theory (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008) 420 pp.
Ocean Motion website with timeline on Polynesian, Arabic, Chinese, European voyaging and migrations.
Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington, "Cheap Meat:  Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands (Berkeley:  U. of Calif. Press, 2010). 224 pp. Cheap Meat follows the controversial trade in inexpensive fatty cuts of lamb or mutton, called "flaps," from the farms of New Zealand and Australia to their primary markets in the Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Fiji. Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington address the evolution of the meat trade itself along with the changing practices of exchange in Papua New Guinea. They show that flaps--which are taken from the animals' bellies and are often 50 percent fat--are not mere market transactions but evidence of the social nature of nutrition policies, illustrating and reinforcing Pacific Islanders' presumed second-class status relative to the white populations of Australia and New Zealand.
Gwenola Ricordeau Review of Monique Mironesco and Kathy Ferguson, ed. Gender and Globalization in Asia and the  Pacific: Method, Practice, Theory (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008) 420 pp.

Google Book-ed. Margarette Lincoln, "Science and Exploration in the Pacific:  European Voyages to the Southern Oceans in the 18th Century," (Suffolk:NY: Boydell Press) 1998.
Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz, Emeritus Professor, California State University, Chico, March 7, 2011 on-going bibliography of Pacific History, Darwin and WW II in Pacific theatre.  Many links, websites, etc..,+The+spanish+Lake%22
Frances M. Steel, "Maritime Motilities in Pacific History:  Toward a Scholarship of Betweeness," Art Papers, research on-line, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2010, 199-204.
Charles W. Stahl (U. of Newcastle) and Reginald T. Appleyard (University of Western Australia), "Migration and Development in the Pacific Islands:  Lessons From New Zealand Experience," 2007. (93 pp. pdf)
"Polynesian Myth and Ancient Traditional History of the New Zealanders as  Furnished by Priests and Chiefs," 1854 Sir George Grey---sacred texts of New Zealand links.
1994 Film, "Once We Were Warriors," depicting Maori decline in New Zealand.  Powerful characters from dysfunctional family viewed as outcasts. website....Pacific and Asian news sites, etc..,%20Grofman.%20%20Political%20Culture,%20Representation....pdf

Jon Fraenkel and Grofman, "Introduction-Political Culture and Representation in the Pacific Islands," Salisbury, UK, Techset Composition Ltd:  8/29/2005 (14 pp pdf).
Matthew W. Wittman, "Empire of Culture:  U.S. Entertainers and the Making of the Pacific Circuit, 1850-1890,"  dissertation for Doctorate in Philosophy (American Culture), University of Michigan, 2010. (339 page pdf.)  Note many interesting sources for culture in the Pacific Rim.

Ben Finney, The Other One-Third of the Globe, Journal of World History, Vol. 5, No. 2
@1999 by University of Hawai‘i Press.
Matt K. Matsuda, "The Pacific," full essay from The American History Review, Vol. III, No. 3,
June 2006.
Samoan Sensations archive from Samoan Sensations website
News, history, natural history, etc. of Samoa.
Melanesia in world history links.
Arif Dirlik, "Asia-Pacific Studies in Age of Global Modernity," Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2005, pp. 158-170.
Ranier F. Buschmann, "Oceanic Carvings and German Cravings:  German Ethnographic Frontiers and Imperial Visions in the Pacific, 1870-1914. The Journal of Pacific History, Vol. 42, Issue 3, 2007. pp. 299-315.  Abstract of that article.

Hawaiian International Film Festival website.  Note films and festival awards from 1981-2010 on right of page. Many, many Hawaiian films noted.
Hawai‘is Last Queen Film segments on youtube (7 pts.)  The American Experience documentary (1997)
Ma Ka Malu Ali'i: The Legacy of Hawaii's Ali'i. Dir. Lisa Altieri (Native Hawaiian), Steve Okino. 2007, 57 min.
The 19th century was a time of devastating change for the Hawaiian people. This documentary looks at the visionary efforts made by five members of the Ali'i, Hawaiian royalty, to provide for the education of children, health care, and comfort for the elderly. The charitable institutions they created have endured and are thriving and vital institutions today.
Cultural Survival website, 2010 review of "Mauna Kea- Temple Under Siege," Dir. Puhipau (Native Hawaiian), Joan Lander, Producer Na Maka a Ka 'Aina. 2006, 57 min. This film explores the legends and beliefs that make the volcanic mountain Mauna Kea
a vital part of the Native Hawaiian cultural and political survival. Should the mountain's summit be used for astronomical observatories or preserved as a cultural landscape sacred to the Hawaiian people?
Three (3) Hawaiian films summarized in this link.  "Hawaiian Sting," 1997, 9 minutes.  A satiric commentary of the "invasion" of the islands by Non-Natives.  "Stolen Water," Dir. Puhipau and Joan Lander, 1996, 27 minutes.  Native Hawaiians on Oahu mobilize to restore waters diverted to one side of the island for the Pineapple growing industry at turn of century.  "The Voyage Home," 1996, 56 minutes.  Documents sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest coast of the first Hawaiian double hulled wooden canoe to be made in centuries.
"Kaho'olawe," Dir., Producer David H. Kalama Jr., Kalama Production, 1997, 57 minutes. Chronicle of the years long effort by Native Hawaiians to recover sacred island of Kaho'olawe which had been used as military bombing range.  Struggle includes native Hawaiian oratory, dance, and ceremony.
"Polynesian Seafaring-History and Hawaiian re-creation," Youtube video 10 minutes 50 seconds.  Note other YouTube videos to right of this page, Kon Tiki (58 min.) for example.
1994 Film, "Once we Were Warriors," depicting Maori decline in New Zealand.  Powerful characters from dysfunctional family viewed as outcasts, i.e., the Other.
3 min. 26 sec. YouTube video using food metaphors and images to summarize Sarah Vowell's acerbic historical novel, "Unfamiliar Fishes, Riverhead Books @2011.  Vowell utilizes satire and biting humor to write about the Americanization of Hawai‘i.  Note other Vowell YouTube clips on right of page.

William Ellis, "Journal of William Ellis:  A Narrative of an 1823 Tour Through Hawai‘i, [1825]." (Honolulu:  Mutual Publishing, 2004).
Charles H. Hammatt, "Ships, Furs, and Sandalwood:  A Yankee Trader in Hawaii, 1823-1825," ed. Sandra Wagner-Wright, University of Hawaii Press, July 2000, 128 pp.  Wagner-Wright edits the story of Hammatt who arrives in Hawaii to do business not convert souls.  Note book review at bottom of this page.
Many books on Hawaiian history, literature, culture from  Look to left of this Home page for categories of native Hawai‘ian books.
David W. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 1780-1900, Vol. 1 1780-1830 (Honolulu:  U. of Hawai‘i Press, 1999).

Oscar H. K. Spate, The Spanish Lake, originally published Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 1979 here re-published in Australia, 2004 ANU.
Gary Okihiro's Island World:  A History of Hawai‘i and the United States (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008). Okihiro reverses the "normal" understanding of Hawai‘i-US history, showing how the US was a frontier for Hawaiian exploration and influence.
Gary Okihiro's Pineapple Culture, University of California Press, 2009. See also:
Review of Pineapple Culture.
Read a Chapter of Pineapple Culture (pdf).
Gary Okihiro's keynote speech VIDEO "Piecing Together Our History.";brand=ucpress
Derek Howse, editor, Background to Discovery:  Pacific Exploration from Dampier to Cook, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990 @The Regents of the University of California)  UC e-book.,+Cosmologies+

Marshall Sahlins, "Cosmologies of Capitalism:  The Trans-Pacific Sector of 'The World System,'" [1988] reprinted in Culture/Power/History:  A Reader in Contemporary Social Theory, eds. Nicholas B. Dirks, Geogg Eley, Sherry B. Ortner (Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Press, 1994), 412-455.  Traces Hawai‘i and the sandalwood trade within a world systems approach to the Pacific, highlighting transoceanic relationships between North America, East Asia, and Oceania.
Google Book-Nicholas Thomas, Entangled Objects:  Exchange, Material Culture, and Colonialism in the Pacific  (Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 1991).  Thomas includes the material embodiment of mana within objects, or the power inherent in words, places, things which is explained with five other Hawai‘ian native principles in this Hawai‘ian Education Standards pdf below:
Neil Bernard Dukas, "A Military History of Sovereign Hawai‘i," (Mutual Publishing, Honolulu) 2004.
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, "Hawaiian Blood:  Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity, Durham NC:  Duke University Press, 2008.
Five great books about History of Hawai‘i.;jsessionid=

Ty P. Kawika Tengroy, "HALE MUA:  Gendering Hawai‘ian Men," A Dissertation submitted to the Graduate Division of University of Hawai‘i for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, August 2003.

Kurt Hanson, "The Imperialist:  A Novel of the Hawaiian Revolution," kindle edition @ 2010.  Historical novel of Americans in Hawaii attempts to overthrow the and control the Hawaiian people.
Sarah Vowell, "Unfamiliar Fishes," Riverhead Books @2011.  (238 pp.)
Satirical historical novel about Americanization of Hawaii.  This NPR description/review of the book claims it is misplaced and awkward humor.
Linda Wedel Greene, "PU'UKOHOLA HEIAU NHP, KALOKO-HONOKOHAU NHP, PU'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NHP:  A Cultural History of Three Traditional Hawaiian Sites on the West Coast of Hawai‘i Island," U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Sept. 1993.
Short list and summaries of books published by Hawaiian History Association.
Five Great Books on history of Hawai‘i.
Mark Twain, Letters From Hawaii, in Sacramento Union newspaper, 1866.
Mark Twain, Letters From Hawai‘i, (Sandwich Islands) study guide with discussion guide.
Charmian London, Jack London and Hawaii, Mills & Boon, 1918, originally from Harvard University Press, Digitized September 22, 2005, 305 pp.
Jack London's books, short stories...note those on Melanesia, Solomons, and Hawai‘i.
James Michener, Hawaii, Fawcett, 1986.  Historical novel on Hawaiian history.  Note this site has many links to Hawaiian syllabus, Michener, etc. al..
Book Reviews:
Amazon review at bottom of page of Gavan Daws, "Shoal of Time:  A History of the Hawaiian Islands," University of Hawaii Press, Feb. 1, 1989.  Daws ends his 512 pp. paperback at Hawaiian statehood and attempts a balanced look at the Hawaiian King and Queen and missionaries.
Malia Hill Nov. 12, 2008 review of Jon M. Van Dyke, "Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai‘i?" Honolulu: U. of Hawai‘i Press: Dec. 2007.
Bethe Hagens review in World History Connected (2007) of Gananath Obeyesekere, "Cannibal Talk..." Berkeley:  U. of Calif. Press, 2005.
A number of reviews from Google books on Haunani-Kay Trask, From a Native Daughter:  Colonialism and Sovereignty, University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999, 225 pp..  Trask describes in biting detail colonization of Hawai‘i.
Site provides Kaui Hart Hemmings (author of The Descendants) review of Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes," Riverhead Books in the New York Times (April 1, 2011).  National Public Radio's reviewer does not think Vowell's glib style fits the tragic history of Hawai‘i. See
Various book reviews on Hawaiian history, culture, religion from
Top 10 books on Pearl Harbor and the "Arizona."
Daniel W. (Kana) Shepard, Student. MPA Tribal Governance, Olympia, Washington.  This is  his review of Haunani-Kay Trask, From a Native Daughter:  Colonialism and Sovereignty, University of  Hawai‘i Press:  Honolulu 1993.
Mary Braffet, Student, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, April, 2006, review of Edward Joesting, Kauai:  The Separate Kingdom, U. of Hawaii Press:  Honolulu, 1984.
NPR audio interview Feb. 2006, "Fear and Loathing in Hawai‘i:  'Colony,' with John Tayman, "Colony:  The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai, New York: Scribner, 2006.  Tayman chronicles the leper colony in Molokai. 8/16/2009 review of James Michener, Hawaii.
"On the Makaloa Mat," Jack London's last story from Hawai‘i reviewed in New York Times, November 16, 1919.

1981 Eric search bibliography of Hawaiian Studies. bibliography on Hawaiian history, etc.
"Draft Bibliiography of Hawai‘ian Writers,", Compiled by Stu Dawrs, May, 2007.  Last Revised March 2010.  This bibliography lists Hawaiian writers of all forms, styles, types, etc..
Hawai‘i and environmental history.
David Forbes National Hawai‘ian Bibliography, vol. II

PBS bibliography to accompany "Hawai‘i's Last Queen."
Natural History and Culture of Hawai‘i syllabus with bibliography or readings.
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa syllabi and bibliographies-Teaching Pacific Studies, 2005.
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa syllabi and bibliographies-Teaching Pacific Studies, pre-2005.
Hawai‘i and Pacific Studies ethnic Studies and general history bibliographies.
Selected Bibliography of Hawaiian Military sources from Neil Bernard Dukas,
A Military History of Sovereign Hawai‘i, Mutual Publishing: Honolulu 2004.
Natural History and Environment of Hawai‘i--a bibliography of Literature references.
A short bibliography of the Lei (Arts and Crafts) in Hawaiian culture.
"Journals-Hawai‘ian," a short bibliography from English department, U. of Hawai‘i at Manoa, last updated November 18, 2009.
51 page pdf schedule for 2010 San Diego World History Association Conference.  Note the many topics and presentations on Pacific, Oceania, Hawai‘i History, culture, economics, etc.

John Maunu is currently AP World, US, and European classroom mentor at Grosse Ile High School in southeast Michigan, an AP/Collegeboard World History consultant and veteran AP World History Exam Reader and Table Leader.


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