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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 20, 2003

A comprehensive look at history of Kaua'i's ali'i

By Wanda Adams
Advertiser Book Editor

 •  Good-Read Guide

This month's selection: "The Territory of Men" by Joelle Fraser; Random House Trade Paperbacks, $12.95 (paperback release date is Tuesday)

Next book announced: Aug 3

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"NA PUA ALI'I O KAUA'I: Ruling Chiefs of Kaua'i" by Frederick B. Wichman; UH Press, paper $16.95, hardcover $48

Kaua'i's extraordinary researcher and historian Frederick B. Wichman has produced another in a series of books detailing for a broad audience the history of his home island. This one brings together for the first time all the stories, genealogies and histories that tell of Kaua'i's ruling families to the point when the Islands were unified into a kingdom in the 1820s.

His sources include virtually all the published materials on the subject as well as some private and unpublished manuscripts.

Wichman, who deserves the title haku ka'ao (storyteller), intersperses the "one thing after another" of history with mo'olelo (stories) in his own, well-chosen words.

This is an important and readable addition to any library of Hawai'i history and culture.