This publication, which is designed to ``give the reader the information necessary to form an understanding of a particular region,'' is an excellent introduction to the Hawaiian Islands. The book is not really a tour guide nor a history primer. Rather, the authors familiarize the reader with the islands through excellent photography and a clear, concise writing style. The accompanying illustrations and photos describing weather, geology, marine life, and flora are well placed and give the book a rich feel. The narrative is occasionally spiced with island lore and interesting historical facts. This should appeal to general readers, particularly young adults. Recommended.-- Kevin M. Roddy, Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo Lib.