Isles of Refuge: Wildlife and History of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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  • ISBN-13: 9780824823306
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Latitude 20 Book Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,401,652
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    A truly wonderful book on Hawaii

    This is an amazing book on Hawaii ¿ focusing on the less-well-known and less-traveled islands. Most of us only know Hawaii as a wonderful tourist destination, composed of a handful of islands fulfilling all of our vacation needs. In fact, Hawaii is much much more. The Hawaiian islands actually extend for many miles to the northwest, where the visitors are mostly only the native wildlife. These Northwestern Hawaiian islands capture the ¿real¿ Hawaii: the Hawaii that is untouched by tourism; the Hawaii that gives us glimpse back in time, allowing us to view the untarnished natural and cultural history of this unique archipelago. This is the Hawaii that the author focuses on, and he does it with great success. Although the author is a biologist by trade -- and one might think from the title that this is basically a biology book -- it would be a big mistake to think that this book is limited to the biology of these islands. In fact, this book is much broader than that. What Mr. Rauzon does is integrate many aspects of the islands¿ life and history into an eminently readable story. This book works on so many levels: a cultural narrative, a historical account, a description of the flora and fauna, a memoir of the author¿s experiences, a photographic essay. Take any one of these aspects alone, and the author succeeds admirably. But the real beauty of this book is the way that the author weaves all of these elements together into a rich and fascinating story of these enchanting islands. (Personally, I¿m partial to the exceptional collection of high-quality photographs which add life to the text. But they could also easily stand alone as a coffee-table photography book in their own right.) One more bonus is the inclusion of artwork by the highly-skilled author ¿ beautiful watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings. The author has an easy personal style which makes this book read like an unfolding story. It is not a text book. Sure you¿ll learn some interesting facts, but that¿s not the point of this book. Mr. Rauzon allows us to experience the joy and wonder of these islands just as he has in his explorations and adventures over the years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Terrific

    Who would have thought that a book about a series of tiny islands in the middle of the ocean could be so fascinating? Somehow, the author, Mark Rauzon, has crafted an extremely compelling book about these Northwestern Hawaiian islands. This book took me places I didn't expect, but surely enjoyed. Rauzon, with his expert story-telling and beautiful photography brings these islands to life. The reader comes to see each of these small islands -- some hardly larger than a rock outcropping -- as a unique entity with its own story to tell. And Rauzon, through his beautiful prose and eloquent style, speaks passionately for these islands, which he so clearly loves. The author, with his rich experience to draw from, as well as his obvious joy of discovery, has created a book filled with spirit and emotion. I learned so much from this book; but that's not the half of it. What's so special about this book is that I now feel as though I 'know' these islands.

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