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Ka'a'awa: A Novel About Hawaii in the 1850s Paperback – November, 1980

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr (November 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824807294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824807290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 19, 1999
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As a native of Hawaii I found this book hard to put down. It's set in Hawaii in the 1850's, during a time when pressure from foreign powers created considerable turmoil within the Hawaiian royal house. What I like best is that the story is told in the person of a Hawaiian priest (and tutor to the Prince Liholiho). He has considerable, intricate, and savy knowledge of what goes on in Hawaii. Yet he too, like the powerful royal house he serves, is subject to political and cutural changes far beyond his control. The descriptions of the influenza and smallpox epidemics, and the manifestations of the rapidly vanishing old culture, are chilling.
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This well-crafted historical novel held me captive until I finished it. Descriptions of Oahu, native Hawaiians, haoles (foreigners), and the events of Hawaii in the 1850s seemed entirely authentic. I enjoyed the technique of two complementary stories, each told by the two primary characters (one Hawaiian, one Haole). I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Hawaii's people and history.
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Ozzie Bushnell must have lived this story. He takes us back to mid 18th century O'ahu. We learn how Kamehameha ruthlessly "united" these sovereign islands and accelerated the travesty the foreigners "ha'ole" (literally without life) perpetrated upon the weakened populous. The twists are numerous and if one is interested in humanity and history you won't be disappointed.
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Excellent historical novel about Hawaii by Bushnell. He describes the waning royal era, Hawaian culure and life from Honolulu up the eastern, windward coastline in the mid- 1800's. Humor ous and detailed. Wish he'd written more.
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I lived in Ka'a'awa for eight years in the 2000's in a plantation style house just a mile north of Kualoa Ranch. When I read and re-read this book, I am able to picture the lives of the Hawaiians in Ka'a'awa Valley and where I lived I love this book from beginning to end. This will be my third softcover purchase - I lend the book out and it never returns. My hardcover copy never leaves my bookcase. This copy will go back to Hawaii with me as a travel read and will be left at the Mushroom House at Kualoa Ranch so that other visiters can enjoy it too.
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One of the most enjoyable historical fiction books I have ever read. I've ordered all of O.A. Bushnell's other books when I was only about a quarter of the way through this one, I was so impressed
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