Hawaii: True Stories of the Island Spirit

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Hawaii reveals her remarkable true nature to those who venture beyond tourism's mai tai veil in search of reality in this legendary Pacific haven. Travelers' Tales Hawaii presents a spectrum of such insights, revealing Hawaii in a way no book has done before, explaining why millions continue to travel to the globe's most remote islands in search of "paradise." Notable authors include: John McPhee, Jan Morris, Jim Houston, Paul Theroux, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rick Bass, and ...
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Overview

Hawaii reveals her remarkable true nature to those who venture beyond tourism's mai tai veil in search of reality in this legendary Pacific haven. Travelers' Tales Hawaii presents a spectrum of such insights, revealing Hawaii in a way no book has done before, explaining why millions continue to travel to the globe's most remote islands in search of "paradise." Notable authors include: John McPhee, Jan Morris, Jim Houston, Paul Theroux, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rick Bass, and Barbara Kingsolver.
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This collection of 47 nonfiction essays (1909-99) by a journalist couple living in Hawaii reveals the essence of aloha and paths off the standard tourist itinerary, plus travel tips and resources. Lacks photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211354
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Map
Introduction
 
Part One
Essence of Hawai'i
Paradise Rising 3
Rick Bass
Hawai'i on the Wild Side 9
Sue Halpern
My Cool, Green Place 20
Leon Edel
Fire in the Night 29
James D. Houston
Coming Home 36
Thomas Farber
Paradox in the Sun 40
Jan Morris
A Sea Worry 51
Maxine Hong Kingston
Infernal Paradise 57
Barbara Kingsolver
The Last Wave 68
Walt Novak
Kapu Tube 73
Garrett Hongo
For the Love of Hula 79
Lei-Ann Stender durant
David and the Mango Tree 85
Niles B. Szwed
 
Part Two
Some Things to Do
Travels with Bird 97
Sally-Jo Keala-O-Nuenue Bowman
Cliffhanger in Kaua'i 108
Tony Perrottet
The Tropic of Spam 117
Rrobb Walsh
Kalaupapa, an Inspirational Outpost 122
Betty Fullard-Leo
Swimming with Dolphins 128
Jim Nollman
Birdland: Lullaby of Midway 132
Marcie Carroll
Doing Battle with One Tough Plant 142
Jo Broyles Yohay
At the Bishop 148
Rick Carroll
Going to HEna 156
Larry Habegger
Where the Whales Play 164
Elgy Gillespie
Searching for '/'X 168
Simon Winchester
Valley of Ghosts 179
Steve Heller
 
Part Three
Going Your Own Way
Pretending to be Rich 187
John Flinn
Tropic Bird 196
Dustin W. Leavitt
Honolulu Mamas 205
Robert Strauss
Spiritwalker 216
Hank Wesselman
In Praise of Lipstick Red Convertibles 223
Shirley Streshinsky
Afternoon at Lake Waiau 229
Nyla Fujii-Babb
Spirit of the Lodge 233
Babs Harrison
Chinaman's Hat 240
Maxine Hong Kingston
Sail of a Lifetime 243
Linda Kephart Flynn
Learning Curve 247
Emily Ackles
Phallic Rock 251
Anna Johnson
In My Father's Footsteps 255
Carole Terwilliger Meyers
Pizza Night at the Pau Hana Inn 265
Jane Albritton
Hawai'i with Julia 273
Jonathan Raban
Eclipse 281
Paul Theroux
 
Part Four
In the Shadows
Down and Out in Honolulu 291
Steve Wilson
Moonless Night in Kona 301
Madelyn Horner Fern
Rain in Hawai'i 305
Daniel David Moses
LEna'i's Last Cowboy 309
Joana Varawa
Last Dance at the Palace 315
Rick Carroll
Not on an Island 320
Ron Youngblood
One Way to Get Laid in Honolulu 324
Lee Quarnstrom
 
Part Five
The Last Word
Beauty and the Beach 331
Marcie Carroll
The Next Step
What You Need to Know 335
The Basics
When to go/weather
Visas/permits
Customs and arrival
Health
Time
Money
Electricity
Media: local newspapers and radio
Touching base: phone, fax, postage, E-mail
Cultural Considerations 345
Local customs
Events & holidays
Important Contacts 347
Tourist offices
Important telephone numbers
Activities 349
Real Hawai'i
Odd & unusual Hawai'i
Fun things to do
Favorite beaches
Other sites of national and historical interest
Seven natural wonders of Hawai'i
Seven man-made wonders of Hawai'i
Additional Resources 371
Virtual Hawai'i
Related Reading 374
Glossary 379
Index 383
Index of Contributors 385
Acknowledgements 387
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