Recommended reading about Hawaii:
We present you a small selection of available, mostly recent books about Hawai'i, focussing on its geology and general topics. For more details on the book, you can click on the links and go directly to the page of Amazon, where you can also order them. Amazon has outstanding customer service, is fast, and has very competetive prices.
Geology and volcanism of Hawaii:
by Richard W. Hazlett, Donald W. Hyndman
Mountain Press Publishing Company (August, 1996)
Paperback (304 pages)
This book provides a good overview for everyone interested in the fascinating geology of the Hawaiian islands. It is aimed towards the interested layman, very well written, and avoids the excessive use of technical terms and those that are used are very well explained. It has an excellent informative content and is strongly recommended for everyone interested in the geologic origin and natural history of the Hawaiian Islands. more...
by Gordon A. and MacDonald
University of Hawaii Press (2nd edition; September, 1983)
Hardcover (528 pages)
A comprehensive overview of Hawaii's geology. Although it is somewhat outdated (from 1983) and does for instance not include the Pu'u O'o eruption of Kilauea or the 1984 Mauna Loa eruption, it contains a wealth of information. An almost must-have for the passionate about Hawaii geologist or geology amateur. more...
by Katherine Shelley Orr
Island Heritage Pub (January, 1997)
Paperback (43 pages)
Learn how volcanoes are the force behind the creation of Hawaii - from the old, worn-down atolls to the relatively young and still-growing Big Island. Discover the future island of Loihi, still forming underwater. more...
Natural history in general:
by Alan C. Ziegler
University of Hawaii Press (October, 2002)
Paperback (477 pages)
Not since William A. Bryan's 1915 landmark compendium, Hawaiian Natural History, has there been a single-volume work that offers such extensive coverage of this complex but fascinating subject. Illustrated with more than two dozen color plates and a hundred photographs and line drawings, Hawaiian Natural History, Ecology, and Evolution updates both the earlier publication and subsequent works by compiling and synthesizing in a uniform and accessible fashion the widely scattered information now available. Readers can trace the natural history of the Hawaiian Archipelago through the book's twenty-eight chapters or focus on specific topics such as island formation by plate tectonics, plant and animal evolution, flightless birds and their fossil sites, Polynesian migrational history and ecology, the effects of humans and exotic animals on the environment, current conservation efforts, and the contributions of the many naturalists who visited the islands over the centuries and the stories behind their discoveries. An extensive annotated bibliography and a list of audio-visual materials will help readers locate additional sources of information. Those interested in Hawaiian natural history will find this a thoroughly enjoyable overview and a valuable reference. Instructors and students will benefit from its up-to-date summary and synthesis of the subject. more...
by Sonia P. Juvik
University of Hawaii Press (3rd edition; November, 1998)
Paperback (352 pages)
This is not only a collection of maps, but a comprehensive overview on the islands of Hawaii, covering its physical environment including geology and volcanology, animals and plants, as well as its cultural history including history, religion, architecture. The content is presented with pleasant maps, tables, statistics and complete with a comprehensive index. The Atlas of Hawaii is an excellent and quick reference tool. Highly recommended. more...