Stories of Hawaii by Jack LondonI received this book as a gift from a friend who had gone back to Hawaii to visit her family. It was a pleasant surprise to find this book among others in the box shed sent me as I didnt realize Jack London wrote a collection of short stories about Hawaii.
All said, I liked the various points of view depicted in the short stories. They are told from a myriad of perspectives that range from the Hawaiians all the way to the hodgepodge of races that migrated to the islands. A few stories even included the leper colony that once resided on Molokai.
I had some favorite passages from the section entitled: From My Hawaiian Aloha. As a reader (and former resident of Hawaii) this short essay was a great way to end the book as it mirrored my own sentiments about the place.
Otherwise it was with Mark Twain, who wrote of Hawaii long after his visit: No alien land in all the world has any deep, strong charm for me but that one; no other land so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same. For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf beat is in my ears; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote spirit of its woodland solitudes; I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.
But to return. Hawaii is the home of shanghaied men and women, who were induced to remain, not by a blow with a club over the head or a doped bottle of whiskey, but by love. Hawaii and the Hawaiians are a land and a people loving and lovable. By their language may ye know them, and in what other land save this one is the commonest form of greeting, not Good day, nor How dye do, but Love? That greeting is Aloha - love, I love you, my love to you. Good day - what is it more than an impersonal remark about the weather? How do you do - it is personal in a merely casual interrogative sort of way. But Aloha! It is a positive affirmation of the warmth of ones own heart-giving. My love to you! I love you! Aloha!
When Hawaii was named the Paradise of the Pacific, it was inadequately named. The rest of the Seven Seas and the islands in the midst thereof should have been included along with Pacific. See Naples and die - they spell it differently here: See Hawaii and live.
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