In this recently updated edition of A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands, the reader is invited to experience Hawai`i’s riveting story. Momentous events focused worldwide attention on the 50th state as it celebrated its 50th anniversary of statehood. Notable was the election of Hawai`i-born Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency in 2008 and again in 2012. This new edition attempts to include changes that have occurred since its first publication in 1999.
Hawai`i’s colorful history, written in the informal style that students found so appealing in Dr. Barnes’ classes, comes to life through interesting anecdotes and compelling images. The author touches upon major events and personalities that shaped the Hawai`i we know today – from the geologic forces that formed the island chain to the first human landfall; through the transformation of its society by the blending of cultures, into the dawn of the 21st century.
“Readers, both residents and visitors, will quickly gain a comprehensive understanding of Hawai`i, and the desire to learn more about the Aloha State. This book is the beginning of a wonderful, intriguing journey into the past. Hawai`i is unlike any other state in the union. Those who seek to understand it will find its story of hope, hardship and happiness transcends age and race.” - Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator (dec)