This is an indispensable guide for visitors interested in Hawai'i beyond the beach. The Kindle edition is written specifically for Kindle and other e-readers, and is optimized for display and easy access.
Curious about those old Hawaiian temples, churches, and the like? Ever wondered about Hawaiian religion? Interested in the spiritual side of Hawaiian culture? This is for you! Written for the visitor or local with an interest in Hawaiian history and culture but with limited time, this book singles out more than 20 culturally significant locations, on Hawai'i Island (the Big Island), and provides a description and background for each. Without background information to give some cultural context, a heiau is just a pile of stones and a 19th century church is just an old building; this book brings them to life. Each location is illustrated with color photographs (nearly 100 in all). All of these sacred places can be easily reached by car, and all are free or nearly so. Among the locations described and illustrated in this book are 9 heiaus, or Hawaiian temples, including the last one built in Hawai'i and King Kamehameha's personal heiau; 9 19th century missionary churches including the first Christian church in Hawai'i and the first four (of the original 6) missionary churches; and sacred locations including the Waipio Valley, valley of kings; and the famous Kamehameha statues. Also included is a brief history of Hawai'i, a summary of Hawaiian religious practices, and a guide to Hawaiian pronunciation. There are more than 50 clickable links to on-line references, and the table of contents is clickable hyperlinks to the text so you don't have to flip through pages to find what you want. This is an indispensable guide for visitors interested in Hawai'i beyond the beach. The Kindle edition is written specifically for Kindle and other e-readers, and is optimized for display and easy access. There is a companion paperback edition as well, optimized for hard copy, which makes an ideal souvenir or gift with it's large, beautiful illustrations.