Paradise of the Pacific Book
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Paradise of the Pacific

  • Author : Susanna Moore
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Date : 2015-09-01
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781429944960

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The dramatic history of America's tropical paradise The history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivals—from the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found their way to the islands, and the confused birds blown from their migratory routes, to the early Polynesian adventurers who sailed across the Pacific in double canoes, the Spanish galleons en route to the Philippines, and the British navigators in search of a Northwest Passage, soon followed by pious Protestant missionaries, shipwrecked sailors, and rowdy Irish poachers escaped from Botany Bay—all wanderers washed ashore, sometimes by accident. This is true of many cultures, but in Hawaii, no one seems to have left. And in Hawaii, a set of myths accompanied each of these migrants—legends that shape our understanding of this mysterious place. In Paradise of the Pacific, Susanna Moore, the award-winning author of In the Cut and The Life of Objects, pieces together the elusive, dramatic story of late-eighteenth-century Hawaii—its kings and queens, gods and goddesses, missionaries, migrants, and explorers—a not-so-distant time of abrupt transition, in which an isolated pagan world of human sacrifice and strict taboo, without a currency or a written language, was confronted with the equally ritualized world of capitalism, Western education, and Christian values.

Hawaii Chronicles III Book

Hawaii Chronicles III

  • Author : Robert P. Dye
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Date : 2000-08-01
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN : 0824822897

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Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941--in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, "a date which will live in infamy." More than 350 Japanese bombers, fighters, and torpedo planes struck Hawai'i in two waves, sinking or disabling eighteen ships and destroying more than two hundred aircraft. Close to 2,500 American military and civilians died that morning, another 1,178 were wounded. The Hawaiian Islands had been pulled into the Pacific War and the lives of its citizens were irrevocably changed. Hawai'i Chronicles III: World War Two in Hawai'i looks at the human and social impact of the war on the people of Hawai'i from 1938, when speculation of a Pacific War first surfaced, to the era of postwar prosperity that followed. Editor Bob Dye has selected articles that originally appeared in the popular monthly magazine Paradise of the Pacific (now known as Honolulu magazine). An introduction describes the history of the magazine and the colorful characters who published and edited it. Dye then poses the question: How did Hawai'i's citizenry cope with the war? Blackouts, media censorship, gas and food rationing were imposed. Schools were commandeered, jobs were changed or modified to support the war effort (lei makers were set to making camouflage netting). And soldiers were everywhere: stringing barbed wire (along Waikiki Beach!), guarding public buildings and searching anyone who entered, worrying parents when they dated their daughters. Paradise of the Pacific provided its readers with an informative, perceptive, and often entertaining look at these and other everyday experiences of life in wartime Hawai'i.

Paradise in Ruins Book

Paradise in Ruins

  • Author : Antwyn Price
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Date : 2016-03-23
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN : 9781491792667

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On December 7, 1941, Japan devastated the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. While war had been raging in Europe and in Asia for years, this unprovoked attack drew the United States into the most disruptive and wasteful cataclysm in human historythe Second World War. While history books speak to the battles and historical figures pivotal to the outcome of the war, there were also ordinary peopleboth civilian and uniformedwho were propelled out of their comfort zones by unforeseen events and adventures. Paradise in Ruins is a historical novel that unleashes an eclectic cast of characters who, tired of being constantly overlooked in World War II histories, finally have a chance to speak. Combining together a cast of civilian men and women, naval and military officers, and Pacific Islanders with the stories of real historical figures, author Antwyn Prices extensive research provides a compelling, personal view into the struggles and irrevocably changed lives of the men and women in the Asia-Pacific region before, during, and after the war. Covering both the Nimitz and MacArthur campaigns from 1941 to 1946, stories about these lives will unfold from Canton Island to Sydney; from Pearl Harbor to Guam; from Espiritu Santo and Nouma to Guadalcanal and Bougainville; from New Guinea to the Philippines; and from Iwo Jima and Peleliu to Okinawa and Tokyo. Anyone curious about the Pacific War will be able to stitch the events together so that the geography, peoples, logistics, and strategies can be more easily understood.

Paradise of the Pacific Book

Paradise of the Pacific

  • Author :
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1906
  • Category : Hawaii
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : UOM:39015083011620

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CEBU   A Tropical Paradise in the Pacific Book

CEBU A Tropical Paradise in the Pacific

  • Author : Dirk Barreveld
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Date : 2014-10-06
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Pages :
  • ISBN : 9781312577190

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Cebu was discovered in 1521 by the Spanish sailor Ferdinand Magellan. It was an affluent society in those times, happy and full of life and pleasure. The Spanish stayed for almost 500 years. After Dictator Marcos left the Philippines Cebu woke up and took its chance. In less than 25 years the island was turned into an economic powerhouse based on a service economy. Direct flights to many Asian destinations turned Cebu into a first class tourist destination. In twenty years’ time almost 200 hotels and beach resorts were built in the province. Challenging golf courses, excellent dive sites and beautiful beaches were the driving force. Cebu’s nice weather (there are no typhoons in Cebu), excellent tourist facilities and very low price levels are making Cebu a paradise to be. Don’t miss it!

Paradise Past Book

Paradise Past

  • Author : Robert W. Kirk
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Date : 2012-11-08
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9780786492985

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In the 400 years from Magellan’s entrance into Pacific waters to 1920, the lives of the people of the South Pacific were utterly transformed. Exotic diseases from Europe and America, particularly the worldwide influenza pandemic, were deadly for islanders. Ardent missionaries changed the belief systems and lives of nearly all Polynesians, Aborigines, and those Papuans and Melanesians living in areas accessible to westerners. By 1920 every island and atoll in the South Seas had been claimed as a colony or protectorate of a power such as Britain, France or the United States. Factors aiding this imperial sweep included European outposts such as Sydney, advances in maritime technology, the work of missionaries, a desire to profit from the area’s relatively sparse resources, and international rivalry that led to the scramble for colonies. The coming of westerners, as this book points out, was not entirely negative, as head-hunting, cannibalism, chronic warfare, human sacrifice, and other practices were diminished—but whole cultures were irreversibly changed or even eradicated.

Landfalls of Paradise Book

Landfalls of Paradise

  • Author : Earl R. Hinz
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Date : 2006-04-30
  • Category : Travel
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 0824830377

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The only complete cruising guide to the islands of the Pacific . . . a must. —Islands "A trove of information for the cruiser planning to set sail for the Pacific. . . A very readable, easy-to-follow guide." —Santana The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by Landfalls of Paradise.

South Pacific Book

South Pacific

  • Author : Jim Lovensheimer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Date : 2010-08-25
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0199779708

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "South Pacific" has remained a mainstay of the American musical theater since it opened in 1949, and its powerful message about racial intolerance continues to resonate with twenty-first century audiences. Drawing on extensive research in the Rodgers and the Hammerstein papers, including Hammerstein's personal notes on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Jim Lovensheimer offers a fascinating reading of "South Pacific" that explores the show's complex messages and demonstrates how the presentation of those messages changed throughout the creative process. Indeed, the author shows how Rodgers and especially Hammerstein continually refined and softened the theme of racial intolerance until it was more acceptable to mainstream Broadway audiences. Likewise, Lovensheimer describes the treatment of gender and colonialism in the musical, tracing how it both reflected and challenged early Cold War Era American norms. The book also offers valuable background to the writing of "South Pacific," exploring the earlier careers of both Rodgers and Hammerstein, showing how they frequently explored serious social issues in their other works, and discussing their involvement in the political movements of their day, such as Hammerstein's founding membership in the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League. Finally, the book features many wonderful appendices, including two that compare the original draft and final form of the classic songs "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair" and "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy." Thoroughly researched and compellingly written, this superb book offers a rich, intriguing portrait of a Broadway masterpiece and the era in which it was created.

Leaving Paradise Book

Leaving Paradise

  • Author : Jean Barman
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2021-12
  • Category : History
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 082489278X

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Native Hawaiians arrived in the Pacific Northwest as early as 1787. Some went out of curiosity; many others were recruited as seamen or as workers in the fur trade. By the end of the nineteenth century more than a thousand men and women had journeyed across the Pacific, but the stories of these extraordinary individuals have gone largely unrecorded in Hawaiian or Western sources. Through painstaking archival work in British Columbia, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, Jean Barman and Bruce Watson pieced together what is known about these sailors, laborers, and settlers from 1787 to 1898, the year the Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States. In addition, the authors include descriptive biographical entries on some eight hundred Native Hawaiians, a remarkable and invaluable complement to their narrative history. "Kanakas" (as indigenous Hawaiians were called) formed the backbone of the fur trade along with French Canadians and Scots. As the trade waned and most of their countrymen returned home, several hundred men with indigenous wives raised families and formed settlements throughout the Pacific Northwest. Today their descendants remain proud of their distinctive heritage. The resourcefulness of these pioneers in the face of harsh physical conditions and racism challenges the early Western perception that Native Hawaiians were indolent and easily exploited. Scholars and others interested in a number of fields--Hawaiian history, Pacific Islander studies, Western U.S. and Western Canadian history, diaspora studies--will find Leaving Paradise an indispensable work.

Return to Paradise Book
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Return to Paradise

  • Author : James A. Michener
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Date : 2014-03-18
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 9780804151467

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James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim. In this sequel collection, Michener once again evokes the magic of the extraordinary isles in the Pacific—from Fiji and Gaudalcanal to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea—through stories that burst with adventure, charm, and local color. For Michener’s many fans around the globe, Return to Paradise is a precious second look at a land of enchantment by one of the most gifted storytellers of the twentieth century. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii. Praise for Return to Paradise “A brilliant book and a worthy successor to Tales of the South Pacific.”—The Atlanta Constitution “This is a book that should be read by everyone. . . . All who have seen the South Pacific will find on every page the odors of frangipani, copra, blood, and beer.”—The New York Times “There’s drama and pathos and adventure and humanity . . . and a very high degree of excellence. Michener can write.”—Kirkus Reviews

30 Days in the South Pacific Book
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30 Days in the South Pacific

  • Author : Sean O'Reilly
  • Publisher : Travelers' Tales
  • Date : 2005
  • Category : Travel
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN : 193236126X

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Few can resist the lure of pristine beaches, endless coral reefs, and blazing tropical suns. The South Pacific is still largely unspoiled for travelers willing to stray a little off the beaten path. This reference gives readers a bird's-eye view of the many island groups that make up the area.

A Beginner s Guide to Paradise Book
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A Beginner s Guide to Paradise

  • Author : Alex Sheshunoff
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Date : 2015
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 9780451475862

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In a true story of a quarter-life crisis, the author shares his experiences living on the remote Pacific island of Yap, covering such topics as loincloth-tying, monkey-diapering, and the effects of global capitalism.

Lost Paradise Book

Lost Paradise

  • Author : Ian Cameron
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Date : 1987
  • Category : Oceania
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : UOM:39015013113124

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Surviving Paradise Book
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Surviving Paradise

  • Author : Peter Rudiak-Gould
  • Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Date : 2009
  • Category : Travel
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 1402766645

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Describes the author's experiences as a voluntary castaway on a remote Pacific island that is succumbing to global warming, documenting his contributions as an English teacher to the children in a remote Marshall Islands atoll and his observations about local political and ecological factors.