The mention of Hawaii calls to mind a vague picture of lush and exotic vegetation, but generally the mind can go no farther than this in its imaginings. Loraine E. Kuck and Richard C. Tongg attempt here to catalogue and illustrate the vast Hawaiian garden and briefly to describe the specific circumstances under which each flower and tree grows. Illustrated with clear, but unexciting drawings, there is nothing here to arrest the lover of exoticism. The enthusiasts of romance would do better to hold on to their vague imaginings. But to those who are essentially interested in horticulture or wish to maintain a clear perspective of the island and are willing to pay the somewhat forbidding price, this book offers much interesting and fresh factual material.