Pulitzer Prize–winning writer James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic historical past vividly to lifestyles in a vintage saga that has captivated readers considering that its preliminary ebook in 1959. because the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the sea ground, the land is still untouched for centuries—until, little greater than one thousand years in the past, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous trip around the Pacific, flourishing during this tropical paradise in response to their historic traditions. Then, within the early 19th century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a brand new creed and a brand new lifestyle. according to exhaustive learn and instructed in Michener’s immersive prose, Hawaii is the tale of disparate peoples suffering to maintain their id, reside in concord, and, eventually, sign up for together.
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“Wonderful . . . [a] titanic epic of the islands.”—The Baltimore Sun
“One novel you want to no longer pass over! a massive paintings from each aspect of view—thrilling, fascinating, lusty, shiny, stupendous.”—Chicago Tribune
“From Michener’s devotion to the islands, he has written a enormous chronicle of Hawaii, a unprecedented and interesting novel.”—Saturday Review
“Memorable . . . a very good biography of a people.”—Houston Chronicle
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They may get pleasure from prayers! ” And John swung down into the boat, and all aboard the Thetis watched as their males rowed into the sundown to go to the unusual, tall send, so appealing within the nightfall. Jerusha used to be caused deck, and even supposing she attempted to manage herself, fell into tears on the sight of this curious assembly of 2 ships within the first shadows of evening. “My loved companion,” she sighed, “it’s the main appealing factor i've got ever obvious. glance how the sundown rests at the waters. the ocean is a reflect. ” Amanda, now not wishing to be by myself at this sort of nonetheless second, got here to face with the Hales and whispered, “It was once nearly insufferable, to work out Brother Whipple rowing away like that. It’s the 1st time we’ve been separated. He has been my expensive significant other and shut buddy. How fortunate we're to be spending our first days of marriage like this. ” but if the longboat lower back to the Thetis, and whilst the tall send had resumed its passage, with evening upon it and the noiseless sea, Amanda observed that her husband sat within the prow biting his lip, whereas Captain Janders sat within the stern, riveted in hatred. Even the sailors, New England males all, have been harshly silent, their mouths pursed into tight traces. in simple terms Captain Janders spoke. “By God! ” he cried. “At such moments I want we have been armed. I desire to Almighty God we had despatched that damned foul factor to the ground. ” In fury he threw a handful of letters on the missionaries’ ft. “I wouldn't entrust your letters to one of these send. A slaver. ” Later, John Whipple stated to the missionaries: “It used to be terrible. that they had now not secured the chains lower than, and also you might pay attention them swinging within the swell. It was once a dismal send. Abner, may you pray? ” And within the sizzling cabin, on their first evening around the equator, the missionaries prayed and Abner acknowledged easily, “Where there's darkness, Lord, permit the sunshine to polish. the place there's evil, replacement goodness. yet allow us to no longer difficulty ourselves purely with far away evil. Remind us regularly that our first accountability is the evil that happens inside of our quick environs. Lord, support us to not be hypocrites. support us to do Thy paintings daily. ” He used to be so moved by way of this opportunity brush with the slaver that he couldn't sleep and spent the evening on deck, peering off into the course of Africa, hoping that God may vouchsafe him a flash of sunshine indicating that the blackbirder had exploded. towards morning he used to be visited by means of Keoki Kanakoa, who acknowledged, “Reverend Hale, you are concerned lots approximately Africa. Did you no longer comprehend that there also are slaves in Hawaii? ” “There are? ” Abner requested in astonishment. “Of direction. On my father’s island there are numerous slaves. We name them foul corpses, they usually may perhaps contact not anything that we contact. they're kapu. now not in the past they have been saved for the human sacrifices. ” “Tell me all approximately them,” the shocked younger missionary stated, and as Keoki defined a few of the rituals and kapus related to the foul corpses, Abner felt an impatient fury mounting in his throat, in order that sooner than Keoki entire he cried, “Keoki, whilst i am getting to Hawaii there'll be not more slavery.