Kauai: The Separate Kingdom
Softcover, 299 pp.
Here finally is a readable, thoroughly researched, and generously illustrated history of the island of Kauaʻi. Edward Joesting tells for the first time the story of one of the most intriguing and least known of the Hawaiian islands. His account begins with the prehistoric origins of the island and concludes with the annexation of Hawaiʻi in 1898. Kauaʻi describes the early emergence of Kauai as an island separate and distinctive from the other islands of Hawaii. It recounts the coming of Western man, the failure of King Kamehameha to conquer the island, and the ultimate incorporation of the island into the Hawaiian Kingdom. Joesting also includes in his story the destructive impact of sandalwood and whaling trades, and the subsequent rise of an economy based on sugar cultivation. His story comes to an end with the demise of the Hawaiian monarch and the quiet revolution that occurred when Hawaii became a territory of the United States.