My husband and I recently visited the island of Oahu for my son’s graduation from the University of Hawaii. He ended up at Schofield Barracks during his army stint and decided to stay in Hawaii to complete his education. The ceremony went perfectly, held indoors for some odd reason, and we were very proud and happy to be in attendance.
In the days following, we visited the usual tourist spots, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, and Hanauma Bay. But the most interesting, educational spot was ‘Iolani Palace. There, we learned of the history of the Hawaiian people and its monarchy. Did you know the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, during the Cleveland administration? And that the palace had electric lighting four years before the White House? That Queen Lili’uokalani was held prisoner for eight months in a bedroom of her own home to avert an uprising?
It was an eye-opening experience to learn about Hawaii and its people in a new and different way and I am using my library to read more about them on my return home. The library owns Hawaii: Off the Beaten Path and several more travel guides. There is also Hawaii by Martin Hintz, Hawaii by P.J. Neri, Hawaii: a Photographic Journey by Suzi Forbes, and Hawaii: a Bicentennial History by Ruth Tabrah.