Hawaii is America's 50th state and unlike any other in the union. Located further from land than any other island chain in the world, Hawaii has a unique culture, history and language. Before you visit the Aloha State, learn a bit about its people.
Na Mamo: Hawaiian People Today
An excellent book to help you learn about the people who are keeping the Hawaiian culture alive in their chosen professions and hobbies - from hula to canoe racing; making tapa to taro planting. Learn about the people and culture of Hawaii before you visit the islands of Hawaii. This book is currently out of print but available used from Amazon.com.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
This book focuses on post-contact Hawaii from the Western perspective. This is a very readable and meticulously researched history. This should be the starting place for anyone interested in the majestic and tragic past of the Hawaiian Islands.
The premier book on Hawaiian mythology written in 1940, but reads like it was written today. If you are planning to visit Hawaii, you should learn about the people of Hawaii and this book tells you a lot about their ancient culture.
The best Hawaiian dictionary, bar none. When asked about spelling or the meaning(s) of a word or phrase, the answer is likely to be "Pukui says..." or "According to Pukui..."
Hawaiian Names - English Names
A really interesting and useful book that will help you with the meaning of many Hawaiian names when you visit the islands. This book is currently out of print but available used from Amazon.com.
Place Names of Hawaii
A must resource guide for any traveler who is interested in learning the meaning behind such things as the names of streets, towns, valleys, land sections, fish ponds, mountains, streams, islands, buildings and more.
Hawaiian Quilt: A Spiritual Experience
A complete guide to the tradition, heritage and cultural significance of Hawaiian quilts. This book is currently out of print but available used from Amazon.com.
Hawaii by James Michener
An excellent introduction to Hawaii's history, through expert and very accurate storytelling by one of America's favorite authors.
Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai
By the author of Shoal of Time, an excellent biography of now Saint Damien as well as a social history of leprosy in the late nineteenth century.
Learn Hawaiian at Home
A course book and audio CDs so that you can learn the beautiful language of Hawaii. The package includes step-by-step instructions, exercises and more.