Hawaii Author:James A. Michener America's preeminent storyteller, James Michener, introduced an entire generation of readers to a lush, exotic world in the Pacific with this classic novel. But it is also a novel about people, people of strength and character; the Polynesians; the fragile missionaries; the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful r... more »ace called Hawaiians. Here is the story of their relationships, toils, and successes, their strong aristocratic kings and queens and struggling farmers, all of it enchanting and very real in this almost mythical place.« less
I must confess that I have read this one before. It is a terrific book and reading it again is like going to see old friends. The first part (about the volcanic formation of the islands) can be skipped as it is of minor consequence to the rest of the book. An absolute treasure for any library.