Straight history, competently written but on the dry side, gives a survey of Hawaii's development from early Polynesian...

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HAWAII, GEM OF THE PACIFIC

Straight history, competently written but on the dry side, gives a survey of Hawaii's development from early Polynesian migrations to the present day jockeying for statehood. Beginning chapters on life in old Hawaii, with good details, lead up to discovery and the tragedy of Cook's expedition. With that, we are launched into political and economic development, and there are good accounts of the contributions of each monarch, growing trade, the influence of missionaries and early settlers, and their concurrent parts- both in their good and bad aspects- that led to annexation and the true ""crossroads"" character of the Islands. An accurate, if not full, portrait of a place now more than ever in the public eye.

Pub Date: May 1, 1954

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1954