Over the past month, I've been interested in reading more about these beautiful islands that make up Hawaii. At my conference this past week, the participants came from mainly the Big Island, as well as Molokai. In visiting with them about the cultures and landscapes of their islands, I was intrigued to learn a bit more.
I started off this summer reading Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me, which was an excellent book that delved into one woman's reconnection to her Hawaiian heritage. After reading that award winner, I switched gears and read No Footprints in the Sand, which is a really great autobiography of a man who was sent to Molokai after his diagnosis of Hansen's disease, or leprosy. It was a great read, and has left me wanting more.
As a follow up to No Footprints in the Sand, I've started to read Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. Although fiction, the set up of this 1800's story of a woman diagnosed with leprosy and sent away from her family to Molokai is compelling. I'll have a hard time putting it down.
Last year, Brennert also put out another acclaimed novel, Honolulu, which has received great reviews.
There are a lot of great books out there that explore Hawaiian culture and history. I'd like to finish reading House of Many Gods, and also Song of the Exile, both by Kiana Davenport.
I have a list of other books categorized as Hawaiiana, but this is a great starting list.
Have you used reading as personal research, and have you read any of the books listed here?