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Once there was fire : a novel of old Hawaii

Author: Stephen Shender
Publisher: Aptos, California : Pai'ea Press, [2016]. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English
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"Once There Was Fire is the story of Kamehameha the Great, who rose from inauspicious beginnings on the Big Island of Hawai'i in the mid-1700s to conquer the entire archipelago by 1810. The founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha was born into a Neolithic society, unchanged for generations since the islands' settlement by voyagers from distant Polynesia a thousand years earlier. As a young man, Kamehameha  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Kamehameha, the Great King of the Hawaiian Islands; James Cook; James Cook; Kamehameha, the Great King of the Hawaiian Islands
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Shender
ISBN: 0692771336 9780692771334
OCLC Number: 983712601
Description: 548 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Stephen Shender.

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"Once There Was Fire is the story of Kamehameha the Great, who rose from inauspicious beginnings on the Big Island of Hawai'i in the mid-1700s to conquer the entire archipelago by 1810. The founder of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha was born into a Neolithic society, unchanged for generations since the islands' settlement by voyagers from distant Polynesia a thousand years earlier. As a young man, Kamehameha witnessed the arrival in the Islands of the English explorer, James Cook, in 1779--a culturally seismic event for the Hawaiians. Kamehameha was the first among his people to grasp the transformative implications of Cook's visit, an understanding he would later turn to advantage in struggles with his rivals."--Back cover.

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