Those who have traveled with Mr. Smith to Europe and Mexico will be familiar with his methods of touring- and here Hawaii is unofficiously and unofficially visited. The build-up to the take off, via the Matsonia, the impact of arrival, the settling in and the acquisition of know-how are followed by every kind of an incident, anecdote and bits of local history that turns up. He gets into the problem of the mynah birds, the attraction of lotus eating, the question of Hawaiian cowboys, the nuances of the hula, the lure of being a beach comber; he visits Pearl Harbor, almost takes a cruise on a submarine, does get to Kona, and doesn't miss a bar or a local personality. However, he does not get to Tahiti. For some the sort of informal travel book with a lot of information in a great deal of entertaining chit chat is sometimes a welcome cicerone in comparison to other, more solid tomes.