Photos by Stephen Shender

  • Hanohano ka uka o Pilanakalani1:47

This is the dramatic story of old Hawaii James Michener never told

Questions, comments welcomed

Let's talk

Reader praise for Once There Was Fire

Visitors

Look inside before you buy

Kindle Unlimited subscribers: Read it for free!

Pai'ea Press

Click cover to preview

   Kamehameha the Great was quickest among his people to understand the implications of Capt. James Cook's "discovery" of the Hawaiian Islands in 1778-79. He would later be quickest to exploit haole advisers and weaponry in a relentless drive to unite the Hawaiian archipelago.
   By 1810, Kamehameha had subjugated the last of his rivals and founded the Kingdom of Hawaii. Yet even as he united the Islands under his rule and ended centuries of inter- and intra-island warfare, Kamehameha set the stage for the dissolution of his people‚Äôs age-old culture after his death in 1819.

1032890000150516