Hawaii Books Make Good Reading

Hawai`i has a long history of storytelling. The Polynesian people who first arrived here more than 1,000 years ago believed fervently in the power of the word, and though they never developed writing, they memorized long, subtle, elaborate chants to preserve their history. When Christian missionaries came in 1820, their first task was to create…

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Pineapple Brings Back Memories

I learned to cut pineapples from a pre-movie feature at a theater in El Paso, Texas, the year Hawai`i became a state. The Islands were all the rage that year, with the advent of jet travel making it possible for the average mainlander to think of flying off to a tropical paradise newly joined to…

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