Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

James L. Haley

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Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

Captive Paradise A History of Hawaii The most recent state to join the union Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom After its discovery by Captain Cook in the late th Century Hawaii was fought over by European power

  • Title: Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii
  • Author: James L. Haley
  • ISBN: 9781250070395
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom After its discovery by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a nativThe most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom After its discovery by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the rigid values of the Calvinists While Hawaii s royal rulers adopted Christianity, they also fought to preserve their ancient ways But the success of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their fate and in 1893, the American Marines overthrew Lili uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.James L Haley s Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed, but whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels who brilliantly outmaneuvered his competitors of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands Not since James Michener s classic novel Hawaii has there been such a vibrant and compelling portrait of an extraordinary place and its people.

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    1. Greg Linster on said:

      My family and I moved to O'ahu in 2014 and we quickly discovered trouble in paradise. I decided to listen to this book to learn more about the history and culture of my new island home, and perhaps to learn more about why I dislike aspects of the culture and the city of Honolulu so much. This is a history of Hawai'i that is void of political correctness and thankfully the author was in a safe position to write it. If you're interested in Hawaiian history, this is a book to read.

    2. Karol K on said:

      Tragic and sad story. Painful to read. I marvel how these same methods of greed and treachery continue to this day with impunity. I recommended highly read the real story not the sugar coated one in our history books.

    3. Katie/Doing Dewey on said:

      Despite having covered American history multiple times in school, I knew nothing about the way Hawaii became part of the US. It turns out, it’s a fascinating story! This history begins with Captain Cook’s arrival on the islands and the state of native culture at the time. From then on, everything is conflict. There’s a struggle between different world powers to make use of Hawaii economically, a culture clash between missionaries and Hawaiians who want preserve native traditions, and sever [...]

    4. Matija on said:

      In keeping up with my tradition of reading a little bit about every place I visit, I picked up this narrative history of the Hawaiian Islands in the Ala Moana bookstore in Honolulu. It had been released a few days earlier, so it was practically fresh off the presses.I'm not sure what exactly qualifies Mr. James L. Haley as very suitable for the daunting task of writing down Hawaii's history. I'm pretty certain the moniker "independent scholar", touted on the cover, means that he's not a trained [...]

    5. Rob Peters on said:

      Captive Paradise is a well researched, balanced and intriguing history of the Hawaiian Islands. Starting from the earliest documented days with the Polynesian descended people through it's entry to the United States as a state, Haley recounts the story in a compelling manner.He doesn't shy away from the hard details of what the culture was like before the Islands were "discovered" by "civilized" Western cultures. From recounting the sometimes brutal religious practices, hierarchical and imbalanc [...]

    6. Ran on said:

      James L. Haley outright stated that this book project was meant to be a narrative history of Hawaii, with inclusion of Hawaiian terms and 'okina, that was to be "accurate and unemotional." I personally really have no use for narrative histories these types are usually written by journalists (check), lacked formal or informative citations (check), and gloss over the grittier details which can be inconvenient to write into a narrative form. For what it is worth though, Haley did include recent re [...]

    7. MBJ on said:

      Not Quite Captivating but a Well Presented History - "That Hawaii would one day end up a possession of an imperial power seems inevitable." Thus concludes James L. Haley in Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii. Hawaii was a pawn in an era of shifting global power, a central theme of Haley's book. He discloses upfront and unapologetically his intent to present Hawaii's saga with objectivity, no easy feat given the controversial nature of his subject. Haley opines that there was a time when polit [...]

    8. Mark on said:

      Required reading for anyone who may want to retire in Hawaii. Very interesting history

    9. carltheaker on said:

      A captivating look at the history of probably the most well known and remote islands in the world. The real estate folks tell us it’s all about location and the Sandwich Islands, Hawaii’s earliest European name, had it as a strategic crossroads in the vastness of the Pacific.The early visits to the islands by explorers, whalers and later missionaries cause fascinating twists and turns in the evolution of the native culture that have you wondering ‘if only’ this or that decision had been [...]

    10. Megalion on said:

      We all know that Hawaiians had a culture all their own and that it was largely destroyed in the American seizure of Hawaiian territories.It's a given.I wanted to know more about pre-US Hawaii. And the lead up to it. James Haley delivers this and more.In the prologue, he discusses a conversation with a mentor about his plan to write this book. He's already done extensive research and has found some surprising information that doesn't fit the above narrative. "I was also increasingly surprised and [...]

    11. Andy Miller on said:

      This is a well written, lively history of Hawaii from when Captain Cook landed there to its controversial annexation by the United States. The author, James Haley, offers a more nuanced and in some ways revisionist view of Hawaii's history during this time. Haley contrasts a common view that Kamehamcha "unified" the islands with a detailed account of a "brutal conquest" of the other islands with the help of guns he obtained from English and Americans with technical advice from captive western sa [...]

    12. Doug Noakes on said:

      Mr Haley's book only covers 120 years of Hawaiian history, from 1779 to 1898, with a brief overview of Hawaii as a territory and later a state in the American Union. But those 120 years, arguably, are the key to understanding how the Islands (originally called the "Sandwich Islands" after Captain Cook's noble patron) entered the modern world and how this paradise was fought over by the USA, Britain and France from without and from within by a multitude of warring kings and sometimes queens. Hawa [...]

    13. Jo Stafford on said:

      The little I knew about Hawaii's history before I read Captive Paradise could be summed up as follows: the indigenous people's culture is similar to the cultures of other Polynesian peoples; Captain James Cook met his death there; there was an active American missionary presence; sugar came to dominate the economy to such an extent that Chinese and Japanese laborers were brought in to work the plantations; the islands were annexed by the United States following the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalan [...]

    14. Kim Hotzon on said:

      Hawaii is known today for surfing, pineapples, beautiful beaches and luaus but it has an equally mermerizing history. Hawaii was annexed in 1898 (becoming a state of America in 1959) after the overthrow of the monarchy. This book presents a darker side to Hawaii that many may be unfamiliar with, including savage rituals and infanticide. Because of it's geographical isolation, the Hawaiian islands lay undiscovered and undisturbed until the arrival of Captain Cooke in the 1700's. With the arrival [...]

    15. Dorinda on said:

      I want to know this material and it is interesting history and yet this author wrote in such a way I could not bear to struggle though another sentence after page 60

    16. Max on said:

      Read the first several chapters of this before and during our Hawaii trip. It was well written, although I had a hard time with a lot of the unfamiliar Hawaiian people and place names. Possible that there is too much time devoted to the history of the colonizers, but they were the ones writing things down at that point, and there is a reasonable attempt to piece together some native Hawaiian history. I'd like to pick this back up next time I go back to Hawaii.

    17. Holly on said:

      A history of HawaiiI do think that this book gave an accounting of the history of the islands from their discovery by Captain Cook through the annexation by the United States. My hesitation in rating this book higher is about how each side is portrayed and the author's attempt to give a fair accounting of what occurred. Though Haley tried to portray each side fairly, I felt that perhaps the Hawaiians were not portrayed in as clear or fair a light as they could have been.

    18. Debra Waites on said:

      We read this during a month long stay on the Big Island, Hawaii. It was a very interesting read and because much of the history was relatively recent easy to go to the places it talks about. The title sums it up tidily: it was a captive paradise before the West come to their shores when the Royal 1% dominated and it had brutal remains of a primitive culture. It was captive when the West added the modern appendages of its culture. And now, they continue to attempt to reconcile who they are.

    19. M. Abdul Ali on said:

      This book represents a vivid and candid academic — even though the author argues against it —perspective of pre and post colonial Hawaii. At the end, I was able to understand the plight of the people from a macro perspective while reading lengthy details of each event that precipitated this chapter in history. The book is not necessarily the easiest read. But if you are vacationing in Kauai and need a good book to read during sunbathing - this might be it.

    20. Kelsey on said:

      Captive Paradise is a unbiased history of the islands from the time the first white man arrived until near present day. This book was well written and easy to follow, containing a wealth of information. I recommend if you want to learn more about Hawaiian history especially how haoles changed the make up of the islands.

    21. Jim Miller on said:

      Thorough, insightful & entertaining account of Hawaiian history from Kamehameha to statehood. It’s objective account neither glorifies or vilifies native Hawaiians or the missionaries.

    22. Marti on said:

      A fascinating history of the 50th State and how this independent nation was taken over by westerners. We may call it “paradise,” during annexation by the US, Hawai’i was anything but.

    23. Gina on said:

      Educational and vivid but dry at times. It's less about storytelling and more about rattling off dates and facts.

    24. Evelyn on said:

      Definitely recommend this for readers interested in Hawaii's history. Pulls you in and carries you through years of warring and island power plays to early European exploration, trade, and the death of Captain Cook, then lands at U.S. statehood. Served best with mai tais or Kona ice coffee.

    25. Cliff Bennett on said:

      A good narrative history of Hawaii, making me wish I had read it before we went there. Covers fairly both the chiefly history, and the colonial efforts by several countries, as well as the eventual annexation and statehood. I recommend it.

    26. Dave on said:

      A while ago I heard Geoff Lawton talking about the ahupua'a land management system of ancient Hawaii and how it was one of only a handful of truly sustainable cultivation strategies humans ever created. There's not really a whole lot in here about that though. It basically gets a brief mention then focuses mainly on the nobility, which gets pretty trivial. X slept with y, y cheated on x with z, z wants to build a bigger palace than x. I guess that's an important part of the history, especially w [...]

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