Hawaii: A History: From Polynesian Kingdom to American State

Hawaii: A History: From Polynesian Kingdom to American State

Hawaii: A History: From Polynesian Kingdom to American State

Hawaii: A History: From Polynesian Kingdom to American State

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The people of the Hawaiian Islands have passed, during the span of one hundred and seventy years, from the Stone Age into the Atomic Age. The United States had not yet won its independence when, in 1778, the vessels of Captain James Cook, manned by the first Europeans ever to view these charming Polynesian islands, brought Hawaii within the ken of the great world powers. After the atom bomb brought to a close the greatest war that the Pacific has ever seen, Hawaii was on the threshold of becoming a new state of the U.S.A.

It was an accident that Hawaii was the last important Pacific island group to be discovered by voyagers from the outer world; but it was no accident that Hawaii, because of its strategic position, was the first to achieve modernity. Only through a study of the past can we hope to imagine what the future may be; and it is believed that a reading of Hawaii's eventful history will give many clues to the future of America's role in the Pacific Era. The present volume is designed to give the general reader the main narrative of Hawaii's history, from the days of the ancient feather-cloaked warriors to the present time, when Hawaii's fight for statehood has made its history an issue of national importance.

Many are the books that evoke the romantic side of life in the Hawaiian Islands. One can find in this subtropical archipelago a wealth of glamor, and the romance of swaying palm trees and hula skirts has not passed away. But a careful analysis of the facts of history that have created the life of modern Hawaii will reveal a deeper romance at work here -- the romance of reality. Through-

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