Hawaii Bookshelf

May 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Here are just a few titles recommended for those who would like to learn more about the wonderfully rich culture and history of Hawaii, through literature.


All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton Murayama

Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux

Legends and Myths of Hawai’i by His Hawaiian Majesty David Kalaka’ua

Makai and A Little Too Much Is Enough by Kathleen Tyau

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

On Being Hawaiian and Princess of the Night Rides by John Dominis Holt

Queen of Tears by Chris McKinney

The Return of Lono and other books by O. A. Bushnell

Stories of Hawaii by Jack London


Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen by Queen Liliuo’ukalani

Ka’iulani, Crown Princess of Hawai’i by Nancy Webb and Jean Francis Webb

Mark Twain in Hawai’i edited by A. Grove Day

Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawai’i edited by A. Grove Day

Princess Ka’iulani: Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People by Sharon Linnea

Travels in Hawai’i by Robert Louis Stevenson


The Best of Honolulu Fiction edited by Eric Chock and Darrell Lum (Bamboo Ridge Press)

Growing Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose from Hawai’i edited by Eric Chock, James R. Harstad, Darrell H. Y. Lum and Bill Teter (Bamboo Ridge Press)

Hawai’i: True Stories of the Island Spirit edited by Rick and Marcie Carroll (Travelers Tales)

A Hawaiian Reader edited by A Grove Day and Carl Stroven

Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose edited by Marie Hara and Nora Okja Keller (Bamboo Ridge Press)

Island Fire: An Anthology of Literature from Hawai’i edited by Cheryl A. Harstad and James R. Harstad (University of Hawai’i Press)

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor and teacher of writing and literature based in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She teaches literature courses in Paris and Hawaii for the Education Abroad program at Queens College, CUNY, and twice a year she offers Writing from the Heart workshops in a beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France.

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