Hawaii

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Hawaii ❴Read❵ ➳ Hawaii Author James A. Michener – Polishdarling.co.uk The saga of a land from the time when the volcanic islands rose out of the sea to the decade in which they become the th state Michener uses individuals experiences to symbolize the struggle of the va The saga of a land from the time when the volcanic islands rose out of the sea to the decade in which they become the th state Michener uses individuals experiences to symbolize the struggle of the various races to establish themselves in the islands.


10 thoughts on “Hawaii

  1. Beth Beth says:

    My 10th grade reading teacher Mrs Fine introduced me to this very large book I only took her class Hooked on Books because I thought it was and easy A Read several books, do book reports, get a grade Hawaii was the first book she chose for me I read the 1st 50 pages no dialouge, just info about how the island was formed by volcanos I went back to complain that it was boring, she encouraged me to keep reading next 50 pages, just as boring, natives from other lands discovering Hawa My 10th grade reading teacher Mrs Fine introduced me to this very large book I only took her class Hooked on Books because I thought it was and easy A Read several books, do book reports, get a grade Hawaii was the first book she chose for me I read the 1st 50 pages no dialouge, just info about how the island was formed by volcanos I went back to complain that it was boring, she encouraged me to keep reading next 50 pages, just as boring, natives from other lands discovering Hawaii and coming it still very little dialogue Again I complained to the teacher she encouraged me to read just a little bitI did then BAM The story exploded People came to life, exciting interaction Easily became one of my favorite books of all time So very thankful for Ms Fine that taught HOOKED ON BOOKS at East Brunswick High School, in East Bruns., NJ in 1973 She introduced me to several other great books during that semester The Great Gatsby, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and others and made me a reader, butthan that a LOVER of books I wish I could thank her face to face.You changed my life Ms Fine I m forever grateful Beth Holtz McKinney


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I picked up this book in the library and one of the things I noticed first about the book was that the edges of the pages have become soft from the hands and fingers of hundreds of readers The book has been rebound in one of those lovely flat blue library covers In the back Marsha left her phone number on a yellow sticky note which I have suspicions might be for a support group for those that have started and failed to finish reading Hawaii 937 pages later I can say that this book is a tw I picked up this book in the library and one of the things I noticed first about the book was that the edges of the pages have become soft from the hands and fingers of hundreds of readers The book has been rebound in one of those lovely flat blue library covers In the back Marsha left her phone number on a yellow sticky note which I have suspicions might be for a support group for those that have started and failed to finish reading Hawaii 937 pages later I can say that this book is a two star book, a three star book and a four star book I m always generous so I decided to bump to three star because there were sections that were really fascinating to read The book is broken up into 6 sections with each section dealing with a new generation or a new half generation with cross over characters from the previous books I m sure a good editor today could slice and cut this book down to 600 pages without losing too much of the intent of the writer.I read somewhere that this book has donefor Hawaiian tourism than any other book published about Hawaii Published in 1959 and read by my mother, and most of my aunts, and some uncles I would say it probably did contribute to a lifelong longing for my mother to vacation in Hawaii The power of the pen The part that I enjoyed the most was the hard work and entrepreneurship that Michener explored with the white missionaries, the influx of Chinese workers, and later the arrival of the Japanese Each group contributed to major changes in how affairs are conducted on the island Really Hawaii was a microcosm of capitalism working the way it is suppose to Michener is best described as a storyteller Sometimes I felt he might be trying too hard to be a modern day Dickens His writing doesn t have the snap and pop of what I consider to be a great writer I try to always include a few passages from a book I read to share with goodreads readers so they can get a feel for the writer s writing style, but in this case the notes I made to check back on passages were too bland to get me excited about building a review around them.I might have given Michener four stars except for the fact that checking with a travel writer, that I respect, I was told that there are simply too many inaccuracies with the historic data of Michener s books I understand that it is fiction, but I do expect historical writers to adhere to some rules I love historic novels because I feel they can put flesh on the bones of real people and produce conversations and dialogue that could legitimately have happened What I don t like is if they take a historical event and manipulate aspects so much that the reader is left with a totally unrealistic view of history An exception of course is alternative history where I expect the writer to completely change the outcome of history, a good example is Fatherland by Robert Harris.I have put a Shoal of Time a History of the Hawaiian Islands by Gavan Dawes in my queue to read so that I can hopefully be exposed to ahistorical accurate version of Hawaii I may find that I can live with whatever changes to history that Michener wrote into his book Do I recommend this book I can t say that I would If I m looking for a monster of a book that I can spend some real time with again I m pulling Moby Dick off the shelves A story that never gets old, and a book that new things are discovered with each reading


  3. Duane Duane says:

    Hawaii was the first Michener novel I read,because of my interest in Hawaii the place than in the novel or writer Having been lucky enough to travel there several times in my life, I ve been fascinated in the history and culture Michener, for those of you not familiar with his writing, was fanatical about detail His histories start with the dawn of man, or in this case the rising of lava out of the depths of the ocean, and proceed on to present day, with interesting fictional stories la Hawaii was the first Michener novel I read,because of my interest in Hawaii the place than in the novel or writer Having been lucky enough to travel there several times in my life, I ve been fascinated in the history and culture Michener, for those of you not familiar with his writing, was fanatical about detail His histories start with the dawn of man, or in this case the rising of lava out of the depths of the ocean, and proceed on to present day, with interesting fictional stories laced in to entertain you He was a master of the historical novel and accurate to the point that they are excellent for reading enjoyment as well as learning


  4. Mohsin Maqbool Mohsin Maqbool says:

    Hawaii book cover best suited for West Wind to Hawaii.ON April 1 and 2 I read James A Michener s West Wind to Hawaii and loved it immensely Actually, I read it in a volume of Reader s Digest Condensed Books whose editors have taken the liberty of describing the story of only the first generation of a Polynesian tribe that leaves the island of Bora Bora heading off for the North on a canoe named West Wind to Hawaii in search of Havaiki which probably became Hawaii with the passage of Hawaii book cover best suited for West Wind to Hawaii.ON April 1 and 2 I read James A Michener s West Wind to Hawaii and loved it immensely Actually, I read it in a volume of Reader s Digest Condensed Books whose editors have taken the liberty of describing the story of only the first generation of a Polynesian tribe that leaves the island of Bora Bora heading off for the North on a canoe named West Wind to Hawaii in search of Havaiki which probably became Hawaii with the passage of time James Michener and his wife, Mari, at home with their formidable art collection By the way, Hawaii for Mr Michener was just not a literary interest, it was also his home He and his Japanese wife lived in a house given to them by a group of Hawaiians in the hope that he would write the story of their people With his epic Hawaii he did exactly that, writing about the stories of five or six generations of the island s original settlers Of course, he mixed it with spicy tit bits of fiction The author did much through his writing, through his travels, and in his personal life to foster sympathetic understanding between the West and the people of the Orient The beautiful Jocelyne LaGarde was a Tahitian who became famous for her one acting role in the 1966 motion picture, Hawaii Sixty Bora Bora islanders, including their King Tamatoa, his younger brother Teroro and their sister Natabu, set off on their perilous journey via sea with food, supplies and a house for their rock gods Constellations help them in finding their way Once they almost run out of food and water, so a storm with heavy rain helps them in quenching their thirst Thus, they are provided a new life On the long voyage spirited Teroro put together the rough chant that would be remembered in the islands for generations after his death and which served to guide subsequent canoes from Tahiti to the new Havaiki Wait for the west wind, wait for the west wind Then sail to Nuku Hiva of the dark baysTo find the constant star.Hold to it, hold to itTill wild Ta aroa sends the winds.Then speed to the clouds where Pere waits.Watch for her flames, the flames of Pere,Till great Tane brings the land, Brings Havaiki of the NorthSleeping beneath the Little Eyes Ta aroa and Tane are the names of two rock gods while Pere is the name of a volcano rock goddess Little Eyes is the name of a constellation of three stars which help in locating Havaiki James Michener, with a painting of himself, at his home in Pennsylvania in 1962 At the time he was running for the United States Congress Tamatoa and Teroro s aunt Teura can predict the future with the help of omens Mano, the great blue shark, also comes to her aid She can converse with it and find the right course to their destination The islanders surely had some strange customs which with the coming of the missionaries a century orlater became taboo The woman with whom the king lay was his sister It had been believed since ancient times in the islands that for a king to breed an heir who would combine the finest lineage and utmost sanctity he must mate only with his full blood sister although both Tamatoa and Natabu might also take other spouses, their principal obligation was the production of royal descendants On May 12, 2008 a 59 definitive stamp was issued to honour James Michener as part of the Distinguished Americans seriesprinted in small panes of 20 One film equals one Oscar nomination for the French Tahitian Jocelyne LaGarde


  5. Rhiannon Lawrence Rhiannon Lawrence says:

    I needed a bottle of wine and some stimulants to get through this one, and I m Hawaiian The opening is enthralling but skip the entire middle section I couldn t get past the missionary section and had to keep a barf bucket close by I loved the rest.


  6. Gary K Bibliophile Gary K Bibliophile says:

    Hawaii the place of my birth My father was stationed there for a tour in the US Air Force and I just happened to be born during that time Since we left when I was barely 18 months old I have no memories of this beautiful and enchanting place So many years later and although I had a connection to the island I really only have the most basic knowledge of its history I had always wanted to read some Michener and figured that this would give me a chance to try out his writing style as well Hawaii the place of my birth My father was stationed there for a tour in the US Air Force and I just happened to be born during that time Since we left when I was barely 18 months old I have no memories of this beautiful and enchanting place So many years later and although I had a connection to the island I really only have the most basic knowledge of its history I had always wanted to read some Michener and figured that this would give me a chance to try out his writing style as well as learnabout my home state.Is it historically accurate though According to the intro only one of the characters was a real person Nevertheless most of the major characters seemed to be based on actual people or amalgamations of a few people Why did Michener not just use their real names I m just guessing, but I think it gives him a bitfreedom to write creatively Each chapter introduces new a new main set characters and families The storylines follows these families and their children in subsequent chapters to add continuity It is probably a little easier for the reader to think oh that s so and so s kid rather than introduce a new non fictional character I was looking things up as I went along there was a LOT to keep track of haha.The events of the story follow history pretty closely from what I can tell I could tell he did a thorough job researching people, places, and events After he had this basic framework established he had the simple task of building an interesting story interconnecting all of these characters and events into an epic tale covering millions of years and well over a thousand pages OK not so easy, but Michener did this brilliantly.The book is broken up into six main chapters parts.Chapter 1 From the Boundless Deep This is the millions of years part of the story Michener goes into great detail of how the island came to be from a geological standpoint Although this was written in the late 1950s I think the science underlying this part of the story is pretty sound The science geek in me really enjoyed this I love this kind of stuff.Chapter 2 From the Sunswept Lagoon This goes into a theory about how the first native Hawaiians came to be on the island The idea was that a group of people from Bora Bora sailed north in canoes around 800 AD These original inhabitants discovered the new island lacked much of what they needed to survive Because of the isolation of the island many types of plants and animals abundant in other parts of the world just didn t exist there and had to be brought This chapter is one that didn t draw on specific historical people and events Did that make it any less enjoyable Not for me I really liked this part of the story and Michener created some interesting characters and plausible explanations for how this all transpired No matter what the current theory is as to the origins of the first Hawaiian settlers the main ingredients are the same they were very brave, very adventurous, and very tough Chapter 3 From the Farm of Bitterness Fast forward about 1000 years This chapter is about the first missionaries that traveled to Hawaii to spread Christianity to the island Two main characters and families are introduced here Abner Hale and John Whipple Both are sent forth to save the Hawaiians from their heathen ways Hale who is based on Hiram Bingham is a staunch Calvinist and has a pretty much my or his interpretation of God s way or the highway approach to conversion Whipple who is muchpragmatic walks away from the conversion part of his missionary role and tries to do right by the island and himself becoming a successful businessman I found the story of their trip to Hawaii to be quite interesting.Much of this chapter focuses on Hale and his wife Jerusha in their interactions with the Queen of Hawaii She is determined to educate herself and her people so as to be at less of a disadvantage when dealing with westerners Secondary to this is to convert to Christianity There is a lot of conflict with the native Hawaiians on this latter one of course as many don t want to simply abandon the old ways In addition to the religious aspects there are also plenty of fascinating aspects of Hawaiian society that evolved in that time including a strict set of laws that not only pushed them intoof a western way of thinking, but also tried to protect them from the whalers and other traders that took advantage of the hospitality of the islands When a no adultery rule was suggested the question of which of the 23 ways of adultery should be banned I had no idea there were 23 ways.Additionally the character Rafer Hoxworth is introduced as well He is a sea captain that does wayharm than good and can be thought of as the villain of the chapter He s not totally bad though as he sometimes surprises by doing good things Every time he does so, however it seems like he does something particularly bad to undo any of his good deeds The loose connection between chapters 2 3 is that some characters claim to be able to trace their ancestry all the way back to the original characters from Bora Bora.Both the Hale, Whipple, and Hoxworth families via their offspring are pivotal to the storylines in the rest of the book Chapter 4 From the Starving Village it mentions in the book that when Captain James Cook visited Hawaii in 1778 that the native population was estimated to be between 400k and 800k After 100 years of diseases being introduced to the islands from Westerners that same population dwindled to 40k So to sustain the island s economy Chinese workers were brought in to supplement the diminishing workforce This introduces two new characters Kee Mun Ki and his wife Char Nyuk Tsin to the story They are brought over by none other than much older Rafer Hoxworth and John Whipple The chapter spends a lot of time dealing with the integration of the new immigrants to the island It goes into the horrors of the Molokai leprosy colony I didn t know what a lazaretto was I just thought it was a catchy song by Jack White During this time there was an attempted overthrow of the monarchy which led to the US annexation of Hawaii It also talks about how the plague impacted many in the Chinese community and how the attempts to contain it led to a great fire that ravaged much of the same The children of the Key family play an important role in the rest of the story Chapter 5 From the Inland Sea Bringing in Chinese workers was a big help to the Hawaiian economy What wasn t expected by those that intended to use them as cheap labor was that these same Chinese would save their money and become entrepreneurs and develop their own businesses So the next group to fill in this cheap labor role were the Japanese So enters Kamejiro Sakagawa to the story This part of the story talked about the growth of the pineapple industry in Hawaii In the story this was Whip Hoxworth s doing descendant of John Whipple and Rafer Hoxworth in reality it was probably James D Dole Sakagawa works for Whip.The next major historical event was the Pearl Harbor invasion and the aftermath Four of Sakagawa s children enlisted in the military to fight for the U.S and get placed in the 222 this is another thing Michener changed it was really the 442 In any case this was a primarily Japanese American group that was sent to fight in the European war theater I found this story fascinating and looked upabout this fighting unit on the web Chapter 6 The Golden Men The book explains that this is about the generations of Hawaiians that because of the diverse cultural backgrounds look both to the East and the West to mold Hawaii s future It is probably my least favorite chapter, but I did learn several things from it I was unaware of the tsunami that hit the island in 1946 Dummy me I didn t realize that Island Records was formed and based in Hawaii The politics behind making Hawaii a state was pretty interesting to me There was also a lot of discussion about introducing labor unions as well as breaking up the oligarchy in the book called The Fort The Fort was really called The Big Five and represented five major companies that controlled much of the business on the islands This is the longest single volume book I have ever ventured into It was very entertaining and I plan to readMichener


  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    As in all of Michener s books, this is a sweeping story of the history of Hawai i from the precolonial period until today The characters are a bit two dimensional but the story is still fascinating and it makes you want to fly to Honolulu, sweep away the hordes of Japanese tourists and try to imagine it without all the horrid hotels littering the littoral towards Diamond Head.


  8. Leila Leila says:

    A wonderful read and I enjoyed it just as much the second time round.


  9. John John says:

    This was a great book, but it had my eternal problem with Michener The modern stuff is just so muchboring than the older stuff, and it goes off on ridiculous tangents that go nowhere It is especially frustrating here, because the core story is wonderful Each chapter, of the first four, is great, the first deals with the Polynesians, then the Missionaries, then the Chinese, then Japanese Each focuses primarily on one family, with other characters woven in, and he has such a knack for cr This was a great book, but it had my eternal problem with Michener The modern stuff is just so muchboring than the older stuff, and it goes off on ridiculous tangents that go nowhere It is especially frustrating here, because the core story is wonderful Each chapter, of the first four, is great, the first deals with the Polynesians, then the Missionaries, then the Chinese, then Japanese Each focuses primarily on one family, with other characters woven in, and he has such a knack for creating people It s easy to get caught up in these people and their lives And it s admirable how fair he is with each ethnic group, he treats each one equally, doesn t claim that anyone is perfect, everyone has their faults, and their skills, and each is a vital part of the big picture But once he gets to the end, and people have to start representing things, he loses it All of a sudden characters appear out of nowhere to illuminate something supposedly profound, and then, whoops, there was a tidal wave and that one dies No harm, no foul, the important character got to have some soul searching and then he and the readers conveniently don t have to deal with this extra character The worst is an extended digression in which an old patrician white character learns valuable lessons about somethingsex women cooking with coconuts by sleeping with a 15 year old Polynesian girl She s happy about it all though, because he s a good dancer and because he needs to learnthings And then Michener waits until the very end of the book to spring this incredible groaner of a surprise, where we learn that this book has been narrarated by one of the main characters, even though this was never even hinted at before, and even though this ruins the attitude that each primary family is to be taken as equal to the others Bah I m sure he was delighted with his little literary trick and excited by the equally crummy fake nararration that he gave to Centennial later Boy, I wish this guy hadn t won a pulitzer for his first book, because I ll bet he never had to listen to an editor again, and it would have helped However, I stand by the four stars 90% of the time, the book is terrific


  10. Cher Cher says:

    1.5 stars I didn t like it.Sigh I have heard such marvelous things about Michener that I have acquired quite a few of his books over the years as I found them on sale here and there Yet, this was the first one I settled in to read, eagerly anticipating it as I have an extended trip to Hawaii coming up just around the corner The first chapter was interesting, as he discussed the geologic formation of the Hawaiian islands and what was going on elsewhere in the world at the time And then cha 1.5 stars I didn t like it.Sigh I have heard such marvelous things about Michener that I have acquired quite a few of his books over the years as I found them on sale here and there Yet, this was the first one I settled in to read, eagerly anticipating it as I have an extended trip to Hawaii coming up just around the corner The first chapter was interesting, as he discussed the geologic formation of the Hawaiian islands and what was going on elsewhere in the world at the time And then characters walked on to the page and they brought oh so much disappointment with them for this reader I found the dialogue to be painfully stilted, an utter lack of setting the scene I knew the plot was currently in Bora Bora because it was stated over and over and over, but I sure didn t feel like I was armchair traveling , completely forgettable characters and a level of disengagement that required a forced focus to continue paying attention to what I was readingWill you go north with me Yes Are you hurt My shoulder Broken No Wait for me at the canoe He thrust her toward the shore and then caught her again, muttering, We have come to kill your father Do you still want to go I ll wait at the canoe, she said Now he heard Mato shout, We ve found him Keep reading, I said to myself It s going to get better But at 125 pages in, the thought of continuing for another 1000 pages does not appeal even one iota to me, and I will be setting this one aside I like to think that one day I will pick up one of the other dozen or so works I have acquired by this author, but honestly, it s difficult when you have such a long TBR list to give them another go when the first impression was so dissatisfying Might, might not First Sentence Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and the principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others


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10 thoughts on “Hawaii

  1. Beth Beth says:

    My 10th grade reading teacher Mrs Fine introduced me to this very large book I only took her class Hooked on Books because I thought it was and easy A Read several books, do book reports, get a grade Hawaii was the first book she chose for me I read the 1st 50 pages no dialouge, just info about how the island was formed by volcanos I went back to complain that it was boring, she encouraged me to keep reading next 50 pages, just as boring, natives from other lands discovering Hawa My 10th grade reading teacher Mrs Fine introduced me to this very large book I only took her class Hooked on Books because I thought it was and easy A Read several books, do book reports, get a grade Hawaii was the first book she chose for me I read the 1st 50 pages no dialouge, just info about how the island was formed by volcanos I went back to complain that it was boring, she encouraged me to keep reading next 50 pages, just as boring, natives from other lands discovering Hawaii and coming it still very little dialogue Again I complained to the teacher she encouraged me to read just a little bitI did then BAM The story exploded People came to life, exciting interaction Easily became one of my favorite books of all time So very thankful for Ms Fine that taught HOOKED ON BOOKS at East Brunswick High School, in East Bruns., NJ in 1973 She introduced me to several other great books during that semester The Great Gatsby, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and others and made me a reader, butthan that a LOVER of books I wish I could thank her face to face.You changed my life Ms Fine I m forever grateful Beth Holtz McKinney


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I picked up this book in the library and one of the things I noticed first about the book was that the edges of the pages have become soft from the hands and fingers of hundreds of readers The book has been rebound in one of those lovely flat blue library covers In the back Marsha left her phone number on a yellow sticky note which I have suspicions might be for a support group for those that have started and failed to finish reading Hawaii 937 pages later I can say that this book is a tw I picked up this book in the library and one of the things I noticed first about the book was that the edges of the pages have become soft from the hands and fingers of hundreds of readers The book has been rebound in one of those lovely flat blue library covers In the back Marsha left her phone number on a yellow sticky note which I have suspicions might be for a support group for those that have started and failed to finish reading Hawaii 937 pages later I can say that this book is a two star book, a three star book and a four star book I m always generous so I decided to bump to three star because there were sections that were really fascinating to read The book is broken up into 6 sections with each section dealing with a new generation or a new half generation with cross over characters from the previous books I m sure a good editor today could slice and cut this book down to 600 pages without losing too much of the intent of the writer.I read somewhere that this book has donefor Hawaiian tourism than any other book published about Hawaii Published in 1959 and read by my mother, and most of my aunts, and some uncles I would say it probably did contribute to a lifelong longing for my mother to vacation in Hawaii The power of the pen The part that I enjoyed the most was the hard work and entrepreneurship that Michener explored with the white missionaries, the influx of Chinese workers, and later the arrival of the Japanese Each group contributed to major changes in how affairs are conducted on the island Really Hawaii was a microcosm of capitalism working the way it is suppose to Michener is best described as a storyteller Sometimes I felt he might be trying too hard to be a modern day Dickens His writing doesn t have the snap and pop of what I consider to be a great writer I try to always include a few passages from a book I read to share with goodreads readers so they can get a feel for the writer s writing style, but in this case the notes I made to check back on passages were too bland to get me excited about building a review around them.I might have given Michener four stars except for the fact that checking with a travel writer, that I respect, I was told that there are simply too many inaccuracies with the historic data of Michener s books I understand that it is fiction, but I do expect historical writers to adhere to some rules I love historic novels because I feel they can put flesh on the bones of real people and produce conversations and dialogue that could legitimately have happened What I don t like is if they take a historical event and manipulate aspects so much that the reader is left with a totally unrealistic view of history An exception of course is alternative history where I expect the writer to completely change the outcome of history, a good example is Fatherland by Robert Harris.I have put a Shoal of Time a History of the Hawaiian Islands by Gavan Dawes in my queue to read so that I can hopefully be exposed to ahistorical accurate version of Hawaii I may find that I can live with whatever changes to history that Michener wrote into his book Do I recommend this book I can t say that I would If I m looking for a monster of a book that I can spend some real time with again I m pulling Moby Dick off the shelves A story that never gets old, and a book that new things are discovered with each reading


  3. Duane Duane says:

    Hawaii was the first Michener novel I read,because of my interest in Hawaii the place than in the novel or writer Having been lucky enough to travel there several times in my life, I ve been fascinated in the history and culture Michener, for those of you not familiar with his writing, was fanatical about detail His histories start with the dawn of man, or in this case the rising of lava out of the depths of the ocean, and proceed on to present day, with interesting fictional stories la Hawaii was the first Michener novel I read,because of my interest in Hawaii the place than in the novel or writer Having been lucky enough to travel there several times in my life, I ve been fascinated in the history and culture Michener, for those of you not familiar with his writing, was fanatical about detail His histories start with the dawn of man, or in this case the rising of lava out of the depths of the ocean, and proceed on to present day, with interesting fictional stories laced in to entertain you He was a master of the historical novel and accurate to the point that they are excellent for reading enjoyment as well as learning


  4. Mohsin Maqbool Mohsin Maqbool says:

    Hawaii book cover best suited for West Wind to Hawaii.ON April 1 and 2 I read James A Michener s West Wind to Hawaii and loved it immensely Actually, I read it in a volume of Reader s Digest Condensed Books whose editors have taken the liberty of describing the story of only the first generation of a Polynesian tribe that leaves the island of Bora Bora heading off for the North on a canoe named West Wind to Hawaii in search of Havaiki which probably became Hawaii with the passage of Hawaii book cover best suited for West Wind to Hawaii.ON April 1 and 2 I read James A Michener s West Wind to Hawaii and loved it immensely Actually, I read it in a volume of Reader s Digest Condensed Books whose editors have taken the liberty of describing the story of only the first generation of a Polynesian tribe that leaves the island of Bora Bora heading off for the North on a canoe named West Wind to Hawaii in search of Havaiki which probably became Hawaii with the passage of time James Michener and his wife, Mari, at home with their formidable art collection By the way, Hawaii for Mr Michener was just not a literary interest, it was also his home He and his Japanese wife lived in a house given to them by a group of Hawaiians in the hope that he would write the story of their people With his epic Hawaii he did exactly that, writing about the stories of five or six generations of the island s original settlers Of course, he mixed it with spicy tit bits of fiction The author did much through his writing, through his travels, and in his personal life to foster sympathetic understanding between the West and the people of the Orient The beautiful Jocelyne LaGarde was a Tahitian who became famous for her one acting role in the 1966 motion picture, Hawaii Sixty Bora Bora islanders, including their King Tamatoa, his younger brother Teroro and their sister Natabu, set off on their perilous journey via sea with food, supplies and a house for their rock gods Constellations help them in finding their way Once they almost run out of food and water, so a storm with heavy rain helps them in quenching their thirst Thus, they are provided a new life On the long voyage spirited Teroro put together the rough chant that would be remembered in the islands for generations after his death and which served to guide subsequent canoes from Tahiti to the new Havaiki Wait for the west wind, wait for the west wind Then sail to Nuku Hiva of the dark baysTo find the constant star.Hold to it, hold to itTill wild Ta aroa sends the winds.Then speed to the clouds where Pere waits.Watch for her flames, the flames of Pere,Till great Tane brings the land, Brings Havaiki of the NorthSleeping beneath the Little Eyes Ta aroa and Tane are the names of two rock gods while Pere is the name of a volcano rock goddess Little Eyes is the name of a constellation of three stars which help in locating Havaiki James Michener, with a painting of himself, at his home in Pennsylvania in 1962 At the time he was running for the United States Congress Tamatoa and Teroro s aunt Teura can predict the future with the help of omens Mano, the great blue shark, also comes to her aid She can converse with it and find the right course to their destination The islanders surely had some strange customs which with the coming of the missionaries a century orlater became taboo The woman with whom the king lay was his sister It had been believed since ancient times in the islands that for a king to breed an heir who would combine the finest lineage and utmost sanctity he must mate only with his full blood sister although both Tamatoa and Natabu might also take other spouses, their principal obligation was the production of royal descendants On May 12, 2008 a 59 definitive stamp was issued to honour James Michener as part of the Distinguished Americans seriesprinted in small panes of 20 One film equals one Oscar nomination for the French Tahitian Jocelyne LaGarde


  5. Rhiannon Lawrence Rhiannon Lawrence says:

    I needed a bottle of wine and some stimulants to get through this one, and I m Hawaiian The opening is enthralling but skip the entire middle section I couldn t get past the missionary section and had to keep a barf bucket close by I loved the rest.


  6. Gary K Bibliophile Gary K Bibliophile says:

    Hawaii the place of my birth My father was stationed there for a tour in the US Air Force and I just happened to be born during that time Since we left when I was barely 18 months old I have no memories of this beautiful and enchanting place So many years later and although I had a connection to the island I really only have the most basic knowledge of its history I had always wanted to read some Michener and figured that this would give me a chance to try out his writing style as well Hawaii the place of my birth My father was stationed there for a tour in the US Air Force and I just happened to be born during that time Since we left when I was barely 18 months old I have no memories of this beautiful and enchanting place So many years later and although I had a connection to the island I really only have the most basic knowledge of its history I had always wanted to read some Michener and figured that this would give me a chance to try out his writing style as well as learnabout my home state.Is it historically accurate though According to the intro only one of the characters was a real person Nevertheless most of the major characters seemed to be based on actual people or amalgamations of a few people Why did Michener not just use their real names I m just guessing, but I think it gives him a bitfreedom to write creatively Each chapter introduces new a new main set characters and families The storylines follows these families and their children in subsequent chapters to add continuity It is probably a little easier for the reader to think oh that s so and so s kid rather than introduce a new non fictional character I was looking things up as I went along there was a LOT to keep track of haha.The events of the story follow history pretty closely from what I can tell I could tell he did a thorough job researching people, places, and events After he had this basic framework established he had the simple task of building an interesting story interconnecting all of these characters and events into an epic tale covering millions of years and well over a thousand pages OK not so easy, but Michener did this brilliantly.The book is broken up into six main chapters parts.Chapter 1 From the Boundless Deep This is the millions of years part of the story Michener goes into great detail of how the island came to be from a geological standpoint Although this was written in the late 1950s I think the science underlying this part of the story is pretty sound The science geek in me really enjoyed this I love this kind of stuff.Chapter 2 From the Sunswept Lagoon This goes into a theory about how the first native Hawaiians came to be on the island The idea was that a group of people from Bora Bora sailed north in canoes around 800 AD These original inhabitants discovered the new island lacked much of what they needed to survive Because of the isolation of the island many types of plants and animals abundant in other parts of the world just didn t exist there and had to be brought This chapter is one that didn t draw on specific historical people and events Did that make it any less enjoyable Not for me I really liked this part of the story and Michener created some interesting characters and plausible explanations for how this all transpired No matter what the current theory is as to the origins of the first Hawaiian settlers the main ingredients are the same they were very brave, very adventurous, and very tough Chapter 3 From the Farm of Bitterness Fast forward about 1000 years This chapter is about the first missionaries that traveled to Hawaii to spread Christianity to the island Two main characters and families are introduced here Abner Hale and John Whipple Both are sent forth to save the Hawaiians from their heathen ways Hale who is based on Hiram Bingham is a staunch Calvinist and has a pretty much my or his interpretation of God s way or the highway approach to conversion Whipple who is muchpragmatic walks away from the conversion part of his missionary role and tries to do right by the island and himself becoming a successful businessman I found the story of their trip to Hawaii to be quite interesting.Much of this chapter focuses on Hale and his wife Jerusha in their interactions with the Queen of Hawaii She is determined to educate herself and her people so as to be at less of a disadvantage when dealing with westerners Secondary to this is to convert to Christianity There is a lot of conflict with the native Hawaiians on this latter one of course as many don t want to simply abandon the old ways In addition to the religious aspects there are also plenty of fascinating aspects of Hawaiian society that evolved in that time including a strict set of laws that not only pushed them intoof a western way of thinking, but also tried to protect them from the whalers and other traders that took advantage of the hospitality of the islands When a no adultery rule was suggested the question of which of the 23 ways of adultery should be banned I had no idea there were 23 ways.Additionally the character Rafer Hoxworth is introduced as well He is a sea captain that does wayharm than good and can be thought of as the villain of the chapter He s not totally bad though as he sometimes surprises by doing good things Every time he does so, however it seems like he does something particularly bad to undo any of his good deeds The loose connection between chapters 2 3 is that some characters claim to be able to trace their ancestry all the way back to the original characters from Bora Bora.Both the Hale, Whipple, and Hoxworth families via their offspring are pivotal to the storylines in the rest of the book Chapter 4 From the Starving Village it mentions in the book that when Captain James Cook visited Hawaii in 1778 that the native population was estimated to be between 400k and 800k After 100 years of diseases being introduced to the islands from Westerners that same population dwindled to 40k So to sustain the island s economy Chinese workers were brought in to supplement the diminishing workforce This introduces two new characters Kee Mun Ki and his wife Char Nyuk Tsin to the story They are brought over by none other than much older Rafer Hoxworth and John Whipple The chapter spends a lot of time dealing with the integration of the new immigrants to the island It goes into the horrors of the Molokai leprosy colony I didn t know what a lazaretto was I just thought it was a catchy song by Jack White During this time there was an attempted overthrow of the monarchy which led to the US annexation of Hawaii It also talks about how the plague impacted many in the Chinese community and how the attempts to contain it led to a great fire that ravaged much of the same The children of the Key family play an important role in the rest of the story Chapter 5 From the Inland Sea Bringing in Chinese workers was a big help to the Hawaiian economy What wasn t expected by those that intended to use them as cheap labor was that these same Chinese would save their money and become entrepreneurs and develop their own businesses So the next group to fill in this cheap labor role were the Japanese So enters Kamejiro Sakagawa to the story This part of the story talked about the growth of the pineapple industry in Hawaii In the story this was Whip Hoxworth s doing descendant of John Whipple and Rafer Hoxworth in reality it was probably James D Dole Sakagawa works for Whip.The next major historical event was the Pearl Harbor invasion and the aftermath Four of Sakagawa s children enlisted in the military to fight for the U.S and get placed in the 222 this is another thing Michener changed it was really the 442 In any case this was a primarily Japanese American group that was sent to fight in the European war theater I found this story fascinating and looked upabout this fighting unit on the web Chapter 6 The Golden Men The book explains that this is about the generations of Hawaiians that because of the diverse cultural backgrounds look both to the East and the West to mold Hawaii s future It is probably my least favorite chapter, but I did learn several things from it I was unaware of the tsunami that hit the island in 1946 Dummy me I didn t realize that Island Records was formed and based in Hawaii The politics behind making Hawaii a state was pretty interesting to me There was also a lot of discussion about introducing labor unions as well as breaking up the oligarchy in the book called The Fort The Fort was really called The Big Five and represented five major companies that controlled much of the business on the islands This is the longest single volume book I have ever ventured into It was very entertaining and I plan to readMichener


  7. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    As in all of Michener s books, this is a sweeping story of the history of Hawai i from the precolonial period until today The characters are a bit two dimensional but the story is still fascinating and it makes you want to fly to Honolulu, sweep away the hordes of Japanese tourists and try to imagine it without all the horrid hotels littering the littoral towards Diamond Head.


  8. Leila Leila says:

    A wonderful read and I enjoyed it just as much the second time round.


  9. John John says:

    This was a great book, but it had my eternal problem with Michener The modern stuff is just so muchboring than the older stuff, and it goes off on ridiculous tangents that go nowhere It is especially frustrating here, because the core story is wonderful Each chapter, of the first four, is great, the first deals with the Polynesians, then the Missionaries, then the Chinese, then Japanese Each focuses primarily on one family, with other characters woven in, and he has such a knack for cr This was a great book, but it had my eternal problem with Michener The modern stuff is just so muchboring than the older stuff, and it goes off on ridiculous tangents that go nowhere It is especially frustrating here, because the core story is wonderful Each chapter, of the first four, is great, the first deals with the Polynesians, then the Missionaries, then the Chinese, then Japanese Each focuses primarily on one family, with other characters woven in, and he has such a knack for creating people It s easy to get caught up in these people and their lives And it s admirable how fair he is with each ethnic group, he treats each one equally, doesn t claim that anyone is perfect, everyone has their faults, and their skills, and each is a vital part of the big picture But once he gets to the end, and people have to start representing things, he loses it All of a sudden characters appear out of nowhere to illuminate something supposedly profound, and then, whoops, there was a tidal wave and that one dies No harm, no foul, the important character got to have some soul searching and then he and the readers conveniently don t have to deal with this extra character The worst is an extended digression in which an old patrician white character learns valuable lessons about somethingsex women cooking with coconuts by sleeping with a 15 year old Polynesian girl She s happy about it all though, because he s a good dancer and because he needs to learnthings And then Michener waits until the very end of the book to spring this incredible groaner of a surprise, where we learn that this book has been narrarated by one of the main characters, even though this was never even hinted at before, and even though this ruins the attitude that each primary family is to be taken as equal to the others Bah I m sure he was delighted with his little literary trick and excited by the equally crummy fake nararration that he gave to Centennial later Boy, I wish this guy hadn t won a pulitzer for his first book, because I ll bet he never had to listen to an editor again, and it would have helped However, I stand by the four stars 90% of the time, the book is terrific


  10. Cher Cher says:

    1.5 stars I didn t like it.Sigh I have heard such marvelous things about Michener that I have acquired quite a few of his books over the years as I found them on sale here and there Yet, this was the first one I settled in to read, eagerly anticipating it as I have an extended trip to Hawaii coming up just around the corner The first chapter was interesting, as he discussed the geologic formation of the Hawaiian islands and what was going on elsewhere in the world at the time And then cha 1.5 stars I didn t like it.Sigh I have heard such marvelous things about Michener that I have acquired quite a few of his books over the years as I found them on sale here and there Yet, this was the first one I settled in to read, eagerly anticipating it as I have an extended trip to Hawaii coming up just around the corner The first chapter was interesting, as he discussed the geologic formation of the Hawaiian islands and what was going on elsewhere in the world at the time And then characters walked on to the page and they brought oh so much disappointment with them for this reader I found the dialogue to be painfully stilted, an utter lack of setting the scene I knew the plot was currently in Bora Bora because it was stated over and over and over, but I sure didn t feel like I was armchair traveling , completely forgettable characters and a level of disengagement that required a forced focus to continue paying attention to what I was readingWill you go north with me Yes Are you hurt My shoulder Broken No Wait for me at the canoe He thrust her toward the shore and then caught her again, muttering, We have come to kill your father Do you still want to go I ll wait at the canoe, she said Now he heard Mato shout, We ve found him Keep reading, I said to myself It s going to get better But at 125 pages in, the thought of continuing for another 1000 pages does not appeal even one iota to me, and I will be setting this one aside I like to think that one day I will pick up one of the other dozen or so works I have acquired by this author, but honestly, it s difficult when you have such a long TBR list to give them another go when the first impression was so dissatisfying Might, might not First Sentence Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and the principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others


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