My Favorite Hawaii Stories?

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South Sea Tales by Jack LondonBack in 1991 I think it was I was visiting mom in Pennsylvania and noticed some books on her bookshelf about Hawaii. I was in the reading mood and pulled them off. They were old. They were in bad shape from having been read a lot. The author was “Jack London”. I remembered the name from somewhere.

I read.

The coolest stories about Hawaii were in those two books. Jack was in Hawaii at the turn of the 20th century. His way of looking at the culture and picking out the  idiosyncracies of it and creating stories about the people and culture of the time – is nothing less than awesome.

I read and re-read those stories dozens of times. The stories present an era that I wish I was a part of – whether as a Hawaiian local or visitor. I think probably as a visitor living in the islands at that time.

If you want to go out and buy the books you can preview them at Google books first –

Includes stories of Hawaii and the south pacific boating adventures.

Stories of Hawaii – This book – along with South Sea Tales are the two most AMAZING books on what living in Hawaii was like as foreigners first coming to the islands. The timeframe is early 1900’s. Jack London writes in a way that BRINGS YOU RIGHT THERE to experience Hawaii as it was – and all the things that make it amazing… and odd – to foreigners arriving for the first time.


Peter Kay


About the Author:

I’ve lived Hawaii since the mid ‘80s when I moved here at the age of 21. I arrived site-unseen in Honolulu with zero contacts and about $5k in savings. I worked from nearly zero and today Hawaii has given me the greatest gifts in the world in all aspects: spiritually, financially, romantically (married since early ‘90s w/ 2 children), and most important, peace. My goal with this site is to share the magic of this Land of Aloha and help others who are on a similar quest.

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