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- Aloha Cowboy,
by Virginia Cowan-Smith and Bonnie Domrose Stone. 1988
history of Hawaii's cowboys (paniolo) from 1803 to the present
Always Running: La Vida Loca--Gang Days in L.A.,
by Luis Rodriguez. 1993.
as a 12 year old, the author was already a veteran East L.A. gang
member; his story continues through his son's gang involvement
- Amazing But True Fishing Stories, by
Nash and Allan Zullo. 1993.
"astounding records, crazy catches, and thrilling duels from the world
- American Grand Prix Racing: A Century
of Drivers and Cars, by Tim Considine. 1997.
biographies about some of the 140 American Grand Prix racers from 1906
to present as well as interesting facts
Ancient People of the Rock, by Donald G. Pike and David
"Archeological evidence and the written records of Spanish explorers
reveal the history of an ancient people"
- Ancient Sites of Hawaii: Archaelolgical Places
of Interest on the Big Island, by Van James. 1995.
a guidebook with descriptions of places and their legends
- Animal, Vegetable,
Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and
woman and her family commit to being locavores,
those who eat only locally grown foods
- The Book of Boxing, edited by W.C.
Heinz and Nathan Ward. c1999.
collection of essays by some of the best sports writers and reporters
about the history of boxing, both fact and fiction, the positive and
- A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to
Strategy, by Miyamoto Musashi and translated from the
Japanese by Victor Harris. 1645, 1974.
Japanese swordfighting, or Kendo, is described by the samurai warrior,
- The Book of Hopes + Dreams for Girls and
Young Women: Notable Women Share Their Experiences and Wisdom,
- The Book of Waves, by Drew Kampion.
the ocean--and the essence of her beauty in waves--is captured in this
collection of photographs and explanatory text
- Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds, by
Joy Adamson. 1960.
the infant lioness Elsa is raised by humans and then returned to the
- By Wind,
By Wave: An Introduction to Hawai`i's Natural History, by
David L. Eyre. 2000
stories of 17 animals and their complex connections to land, ocean,
plants, other animals and people with extinction as the central theme
the Dream: The
Story of Hawaii Winter Baseball, by Lance Tominaga. 2006.
A history of the ups and downs of the Hawaii Winter
Baseball, where players from the East and West chase after big-league
- China Men, by Maxine Hong Kingston. 1980.
describes "lives of several generations of Chinese males", creating an
understanding of experiences of Chinese immigrants
Colony, by John Tayman. 2006.
A history of the leprosy colony in Kalaupapa.
with Date Rape and Acquaintance Rape, by Andrea Parrot. 1988.
"Both men and women can use these suggested techniques for avoiding
date and aquaintance rape"
- Cowabunga: The
Complete Book of Surfing, by Lee Wardlaw. 1991.
"from the latest gear to the best places to catch a wave"
in Seraffyn, by Lin and Larry Pardey. c1976, 1992.
a couple builds a 24 foot cutter-rigged sailboat and begins a 7 year
voyage to sail around the world
- Day of Infamy,
by Walter Lord. 1957.
account of Pearl Harbor attack
- Diving to a Deep-Sea
Volcano, by Kenneth Mallory. 2006.
Explore a hydrothermal vent and the underwater habitat after
a volcanic eruption
- Dove, by
Robin Lee Graham. 1972.
a 16 year old boy begins a solo sail around the world in a 24 foot
sailboat that ends 5 years and 33,000 miles later
- Earthquakes, by
David Newton. 1993.
Learn about how earthquakes happen, how to predict and
measure them, and some examples of major earthquakes
The "Right to Die" Issue, by Daniel Jussim. 1993.
"Discusses passive and active euthanasia and some ethical and moral
issues surrounding the topic"
- Farewell to Manzanar,
by Daniel Jussim. 1993.
"a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the
World War II internment"
- Fierce Heart, by
Stuart Holmes Coleman. 2009.
The story of surfing in Hawaii and the legendary surfers of Makaha.
- Frank Lloyd Wright's
Fallingwater: The House and Its History, by Donald Hoffmann.
the background of one of Wright's most famous architectural creations,
built in the 1930's and perched over a waterfall at Bear Run in Western
- From the Land of Morning Calm: The
Koreans in America, by Ronald Takaki. 1995.
beginning in 1890 with the Japanese invasion of Korea, immigrants came
to Hawaii and then to the mainland to find Choson, the land of morning
- From the Mountains
to the Sea: A Hawaiian Lifestyle (Early Hawaiian Life), by
Julie Stewart Williams. 1997.
ancient Hawaiian culture is described with illustrations
The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War, by Captain R.K. Beecham.
personal narrative of the Gettysburg Battle
- Growing Native Hawaiian Plants: A
How-To Guide for the Gardener, by Heidi Leianuenue Bornhurst.
step-by-step directions for helping preserve native Hawaiian plants
that are threatened by extinction. `Ilima, mamaki,
and kou are but a few of the plants described and are easy to grow;
color photographs are included
Hawaii and Points South: True Island Tales, by A. Grove Day.
a collection of fact-based stories about Hawaii and the South Pacific
The Hawaiian Canoe,
Holmes. c1981, 1993.
thorough coverage of racing, paddling and sailing outrigger canoes;
ancient and modern building, etc.
- The Hawaiian Voyages of the Ono Jimmy,
by Steve Dixon. c1998.
adventures of various sailing trips around the Hawaiian islands
The Hawaiians, an
by Helen G. Pratt. c1963.
each chapter covers different aspects of Hawaiian culture, with
illustrations and photographs; poetry and legends are included in the
- The Hawaiians of Old,
by Betty Dunford. c1980.
brief descriptions of daily life and activities of ancient Hawaiians;
Hawaii's Beautiful Birds, text by H. Douglas Pratt and
photographs by Jack Jeffrey and H. Douglas Pratt. 1996.
color photographs show Hawaii's native birds, many threatened by
extinction because of introduced pests such as the pig, rat and weeds
- Hawaii`s Humpback Whales, by
Gregory Kaufman and Paul Forestell. 1986.
describes the most famous and largest of Hawaii`s marine mammals
- Hawaii's Royal History, by
Helen Wong and Ann Rayson. 1987.
"the story of Hawaii, the place and the peoples"
- Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen,
by Liliuokalani. 1898, 1990.
Queen Liliuokalani's plea for justice during the overthrow of the
- Hawaii Warrior
Football: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Redemption, by J. David
An account of the turnaround of the UH Manoa football team
under coach June Jones
- Here's Hawaii,
by Bob Krauss. c1960.
a collection of factual stories previously published in the Honolulu
Advertiser; the author stills writes for the newspaper
- The Hilo Massacre: Hawaii's Bloody
Monday, August 1st, 1938. 1988.
Hilo workers sympathetic to a Honolulu strike were the target of police
- Hiroshima, by John Hersey.
recounts the horror of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima
- Honolulu Homicide:
Murder and Mayhem in Paradiseby Gary Dias and Robbie
a retired Honolulu Polic Department major and a Honolulu Advertiser
reporter "provide inside information about some of O`ahu's most
Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money,
God and Diversity on Steroids, by Julie Salamon. 2008
A year in the life of a Brooklyn hospital.
- I Am An American: A True Story of Japanese
Internment, by Jerry Stanley. 1994.
after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, 120,000 Japanese
Americans were imprisoned -- this is their story
- "I Can Never Forget": Men of the
100th/442nd, by Thelma Chang. 1991.
Japanese American soldiers made up one of the most highly decorated
units in World War II
- In Cold Blood, by
Truman Capote. 1965, 1992.
a brutal murder case is described in this captivating, contemporary
- In the Heart of Filipino America:
Immigrants From the Pacific Isles, by Ronald Takaki. 1994.
- In the Shadow of Man, by Jane
the author describes her experiences with chimpanzees she studied in
the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania
From Mughal Empire to British Raj, by Paul Goalen. 1992.
the history of India from the sixteenth century to the end of British
rule in 1947
- Iron and Silk, by Mark
martial arts in China
- Issei and Nisei: The
Settling of Japanese America, by Ronald Takaki. 1994.
from 1880 to 1920 many Japanese immigrants came to Hawaii and the
mainland to escape the devastating effects of Japan's new taxes
James Herriot's Cat Stories, by James Herriot.
delightful stories of cat patients treated by an English veterinarian
Japanese in Hawaii: Okage Same De, by Dorothy Ochiai
Hazama and Jane Okamoto Komeiji, 2008.
A chronological history of Japanese in Hawaii.
- Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting
by Murry A. Taylor. 2000.
- Kanaka: the Untold
Story of Hawaiian Pioneers in British Columbia and the Pacific
Northwest , by Tom Koppel. c1997.
fascinating stories of Hawaiians who left the Islands in the 1800's to
work in the fishing and logging industries in Oregon, Washington and
- Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by
Raft, by Thor Heyerdahl. 1950.
a true story of a trans-Pacific sail in a 40 foot raft to show "that
the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4,300 mile voyage to the
Land, Liliuokalani and Annexation, by Russ and Peg Apple.
reprints of articles by the Apples that first appeared in the Honolulu
- The Long Road to Gettysburg,
by Jim Murphy. 1992.
- The Man-eaters of Tsavo, by John
the movie, THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS, was based on this true story of
lion attacks in Uganda during the early 20th century when railroad
building was booming
- Men Who Ride Mountains,
by Peter Dixon. 2001.
A history of surfing and legendary surfers.
- My Moloka`i,
by Gordon Morse. 1990.
the author, who grew up on Molokai, tells about the friendly isle's
past and present
- My Old Man and the Sea: A Father
and Son Sail around Cape Horn, by David Hays and Daniel Hays.
a father and son brave storms and confinement in their modern-day
sailing adventure around the southern tip of Chile
Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat. 1979.
a scientist studies wolves in the wilderness and becomes their defender
- Niihau: the
Traditions of a Hawaiian Island, by Rerioterai and Moses K.
Keale, Sr. c1989.
past and present ways of life; includes mele and legends
- The Niihau Incident, by Allan
"The true story of the Japanese fighter pilot who, after the Pearl
Harbor attack, crash-landed on the Hawaiian Island of Niihau and
terrorized the residents"
- North Shore
Chronicles: Big-Wave Surfing in Hawaii, by Bruce
interviews with some contemporary big-wave surfers
- Once Upon a Quinceanera,
An author explores the traditions of quinceanera, a rite of passage for
- Our House Divided:
American Families in World War II, by Tomi Kaizawa Knaefler.
struggles of identity and loyalty experienced by 7 different families
-- first and second generation Japanese Americans; the author grew up
- Over the Reefs, by Robert
after WW II, the author traveled to Tonga, Tahiti and other South
Pacific islands, was accepted by the villagers he met, and was even
made chief in one village
- Pacific Voyages: the
Encyclopedia of Discovery and Exploration. 1971.
how Asia, Oceania, Polynesia and other Pacific areas were first
- Pioneers of Flight: A Documentary
History, by Phil Scott. 1999.
words and experiences are taken from actual experiences
Planets, by David McNab and James Younger. 1999.
"this popular treatment jumps right into the drama of space
exploration: Kansas farm-boy turned astronomer Clyde Tombaugh's
discovery of Pluto, the first close-up views of Mercury and the moon,
and the Hubble telescope's first images of starbirth in the Orion
- Plants of Old Hawaii,
by Lois Lucas. c1982.
About 450 A.D., the ancient Hawaiians settled Hawaii and brought 20
plants with them from the South Pacific. Information, drawings and a
poem about each plant are included
- The Price of Paradise, Volumes I and II,
edited by Randall W. Roth. 1992, 1993.
various experts give views on Hawaii issues including pollution,
property tax, affordable housing, etc.
- Raising Cane: The World of Plantation
Hawaii, by Ronald T. Takaki. 1994.
history of plantation workers brought to Hawaii
The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust, by
Milton Meltzer. 1988.
"Many people risk their lives to save others during the Holocaust"
A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold. 1949.
essays on nature and conservation
- Separating Sickness: Ma`i Ho`oka`awale,
by Ted Gugelyk and Milton Bloombaum. 1996.
"Interviews with Exiled Leprosy Patients at Kalaupapa, Hawaii"
Bites: True Tales of Survival , by Greg Ambrose. 1996.
educational and true encounters of shark attacks at different locations
around the world
Sharks of Hawaii: Their Biology and Cultural Significance, by
Leighton Taylor. 1993.
fascinating accounts of shark attacks are combined with science and
- Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.
a reprint of the classic book about pesticides and pollution; it helped
launch the environmental movement
- The Soviet
Union Today, edited by the National Geographic Society. 1990.
a collection of writings about the diverse cultures in the former
- Stinging Trees and Wait-a-whiles:
Confessions of a Rainforest Biologist, by William Laurance.
an Australian scientist's field notes provide an insightful glimpse of
biodiversity and the need to conserve natural resources
- Surfing: A History of the Ancient
Hawaiian Sport, by Ben Finney and James D. Houston. c1996.
an updated edition of a comprehensive history of surfing in Hawaii
Women of the
Waves, by Linda Chase. 2008.
This book highlights extraordinary women of surfing from
different eras and different backgrounds
In Search of the Perfect Wave, by Matt Warshaw. c1997.
the former editor of Surfer Magazine includes the history of surfing
around the world with excellent photography
Three Faces of Eve, by Corbett Thigpen and Hervey Cleckley.
the case of a woman with multiple personalities
Trail of Tears Across Missouri, by Joan Gilbert. c1996.
1837-1838 marked the brutal removal of an otherwise passive tribe, the
Cherokees, from southeastern United States into Oklahoma
- Tsunami, by Walter Dudley and
Min Lee. 1998.
fascinating history of the tsunamis that have struck the Hawaiian
- Tsunamis, by Luke
Learn about how tsunamis are created and the damage they
- Two Years Before the Mast, by
Richard Henry Dana. 1984.
in the 1800's, a Harvard University student decides to sail to
California and writes about his adventures at sea. He even met some
Kanakas in San Diego and describes his friendship with them
The Uncertain Journey, by Margaret Poynter.
12 stories of illegal aliens from Mexico, South and Central America,
and the Caribbean
Volcanic Visions: Encounters With Other Worlds, by Michele
encounters with Pele and an UFO are only a few of the author's
experiences on the Big Island
- Volcanoes, by
Seymour Simon. 2006.
Explains the characteristics of
volcanoes and describes some famous
eruptions and their aftermath
- Waianae Book of
Hawaiian Health, edited by Terry Shintani and
Claire Hughes. 1991.
a wholistic, contemporary approach to Native Hawaiian diet, and mental
and physical health
Waianae Diet Cookbook: Elue. Volume II, by Waianae Coast
Comprehensive Health Center. 1995.
more of Dr. Shintani's recipes and ideas for healthier eating
Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World,
by Wade Davis.
An anthropologist leads us on a
thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world's indigenous
and to explore the meaning of being human and alive
Whale for the Killing, by Farley Mowat. 1972.
a conservationist pleads with the world to stop the wholesale
destruction of whales
Yankees in Paradise; the New England Impact on Hawaii, by
Bradford Smith, .
covers the missionaries' arrival in Hawaii and the everlasting effect
they have had
- Your Future Self: A Journey to the
Frontiers of Molecular Medicine, by Hank Whittemore. 1998.
a beautifully illustrated book for nonscientists to see the "inner
universe" of our bodies
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