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by Gavan Daws

Category: Americas
Subcategory: History books
Author: Gavan Daws
ISBN: 0824803248
ISBN13: 978-0824803247
Language: English
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (June 1, 1974)
Pages: 512
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Gavan Daws' remarkable achievement is to free Hawaiian history from the dust of antiquity nothing comes close to it. Would love to see a follow-up book that takes Hawaiian history from statehood to the present day. (Land and Power in Hawaii.

Gavan Daws' remarkable achievement is to free Hawaiian history from the dust of antiquity.

The story is true, but the events are incredible and compelling. How the Hawaiian Islands were discovered and eventually subverted by the US and the European powers makes for great storytelling

The story is true, but the events are incredible and compelling. How the Hawaiian Islands were discovered and eventually subverted by the US and the European powers makes for great storytelling.

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Gavan Daws is an American writer, historian and filmmaker residing in Honolulu, Hawaii

Gavan Daws is an American writer, historian and filmmaker residing in Honolulu, Hawaii. He writes about Hawaii, the Pacific, and Asia. His best-known works are Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands, in print since 1968; Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai, the biography of a nineteenth-century missionary priest to Hawaii who served leprosy sufferers, and who has recently been canonized; and Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific. Daws co-produced and co-directed Angels of War: The People of Papua New Guinea and World War II, which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Documentary. Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories. This book is a must read for any one studying or interested in Hawaiian history. It is very detailed and the timeline of events is easy to follow. A great one-volume history. Published by Thriftbooks.

Shoal of Time may be tedious at times, but it's also incredibly comprehensive and fascinating. The approach of the book feels very fair in its treatment of haoles (whites), native Hawaiians, and the islands' history of misunderstanding, racism, and political corruption.

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Gavan Daws' remarkable achievement is to free Hawaiian history from the dust of antiquity. Based on years of work in the documentary sources, Shoal of Time emerges as the most readable of all Hawaiian histories.
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Urreur
This book was slightly tedious at times but overall I must say, is an excellent review of the history of Hawaii from its origin to early statehood. At the age of nearly 60, I was blessed withe the opportunity to visit Hawaii for the first time in late February 2016. The history provided in these pages has enriched my plentiful and pleasurable memories of our visit. The author's conclusion brings renewed hope for me to our present political scene. Hawaii is a prime example of many races being brought together, often without consent, but with eventual mixing, melding, acceptance, and progress, to the point of we, the community of Hawaiians. In our present times of great splits and disagreements, we as Americans need to figure out how we are going to move ahead together to provide our children and grandchildren with a safe and healthy future.
Lo◘Ve
I recently moved to Hawaii and wanted a better understanding of the history and culture of the islands. I had read James Michener's Hawaii, many years ago, I intended to reread it. I also included Capive Paradise, by James L. Haley on my reading list. After reading the existing reviews on amazon.com, I decided to start with Shoal of Time, because it appeared to be the most authoritative factual account of the events between discovery and statehood. I was not disappointed, as the book was well researched, and provided a wealth of factual information with a minimum of spin. The narrative included detailed episodes featuring a variety of historical characters, including Captain Cook, Kamehameha and his descendants, Hawaiian chiefs, ordinary Hawaiians, explorers, missionaries, businessmen, politicians, and immigrants from all corners of the world. I sometimes had to reread sections of the book to remind myself of who the various characters were. Overall the book was very valuable in explaining many of the features of modern Hawaii, including land ownership, the economic issues, and the interactions among the different ethnic groups.
Wetiwavas
It is true that Daws has a western scholar's perspective, he is, after all, a western scholar. This hardly invalidates the history he has written any more than it would invalidate a history of the continental U.S. not written from the perspective of the native people. Similarly, it is unfair to criticize a book because it is not all-inclusive. This book outlines the history of Hawaii between Cook's discovery and statehood. Anyone who would like a history of Hawaii before 1778, or a history of Hawaii from a Polynesian perspective, or would like more details of people and events from this period should read a lot more books. Kuykendall's three-volume History of the Hawaiian Kingdom (available at the University of Hawaii Press) is wonderful and should probably be considered essential reading for anyone interested in this period of Hawaiian history but at over 1700 pages it's a bit of a slog (Kuykendall's one-volume history of Hawaii from pre-discovery to statehood might be a good alternative but I have not read it so I cannot say).

The Shoal of Time is extremely well written. The author's dry wit and clever turns of phrase make this very enjoyable reading. I can see where it would be possible for someone to read this book and not understand the use of irony and sarcasm. When Daws says something like, "Toward the end of his life Lorrin Thurston reviewed the accomplishments of the `mission boys' and he found, unsurprisingly, that they were a `splendid body of men'", he certainly doesn't mean that he himself thinks they were a splendid body of men. It is obvious throughout that Daws has no great admiration for the missionaries and their descendants. The businessmen who overthrew the monarchy are portrayed as hypocritical, self-serving schemers who paid lip service to Christian virtues while assuming that the poor of the world were put on God's Earth to supply them with laborers. They believed that what was best for themselves was best for everyone and that they were entitled to their wealth by way of their superior intellects (and race). In other words, they were pretty much the same as right-wing businessmen today. As we watch modern-day developers build multi-million dollar condos along the beaches and as a new wave of wealthy haoles takes over the islands, the primary lesson presented in the Shoal of Time should be well learned: The one thing at which the rich excel is taking care of their own interests and you should not expect them to do otherwise.
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The author provides a very complete history of Hawaii,with emphasis more on the period after early settlement,the first chiefs, and Kamehameha. This is probably the main problem with the book for those who want more understanding of the early formative years of the islands. There is too much information on politics, labor unions, the economy, and racial problems for the average reader.
Jaiarton
This book is a very readable account of the social/economic/political history of Hawaii (the Sandwich Islands) from the time of its 'discovery' by Captain James Cook in 1778 through its achievement of American statehood in 1959. It details the struggles faced by the native people of Hawaii during their encounter with and ultimate takeover by and accommodation to modern European/American civilization. From this balanced account, it is clear that the achievement of modernity for the citizens and inhabitants of Hawaii came at the cost of many human casualties, especially among the native Hawaiians, extensive social and economic injustice, and unrelenting racism from some quarters.
Yozshujinn
Best book on Hawaiian history by far...nothing comes close to it. Would love to see a follow-up book that takes Hawaiian history from statehood to the present day. (Land and Power in Hawaii: the Democrat Years, co-authored by Daws, is good but really covers the decades of the 1950's - 1970's or so.) Shoal of Time is well-researched and a must-read if you want to know more about Hawaii than what beach to go to...although you could do both!!
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