Hawaii Books

The Hawaiian Islands have a rich and wonderful history and culture, and if you are interested in learning about Hawaii, but are not able to visit Hawaii then the next best thing might be to pick up a few books about the history, culture, and people of the Islands.

This collection of books is meant to not only be educational and informative but also fun. We have also included literature, books of history, language, mythology, and music. The hope is to have a growing collection of relevant books about Hawaii that explore every facet of the Islands and its people.

Duke: A Great Hawaiian

Sandra Kimberley grew up at the famous Australian beach where Duke Kahanamoku taught Australians how to ride the waves on a long board in 1914. She arrived in Hawai`i during Duke's centennial and promptly launched a new career as a freelance writer, and this little book is her second about the great surfer-statesman Duke Kahanamoku.

Island Fire: An Anthology of Literature from Hawaii

This anthology starts with a Fire Chant to King Kalakaua, in Hawaiian! There's a wonderful mix of voices and ethnicities here, including short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, poems, songs, chants, a contemporary one-act play and an ancient shape-shifter legend.

Princess Ka'iulani: Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People (Women of Spirit)

A gripping biography of Princess Ka'iulani, who put up a courageous fight for Hawaiian independence. This book uses a multitude of old and new (newly translated) sources to paint a picture of the life of the most beloved person in the history of Hawaii.