A Residency of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands by Hiram Bingham was first published in 1847. The edition in the Library was printed in 1987 by Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc.
The group of islands known as Hawai'i stretch for 1500 miles in the Pacific Ocean. A lone archipelago, Hawai'i is situated about 1800 miles west of coastal North America, 2600 miles from Tahiti, and over 4,000 miles from Japan. Until the British explorer James Cook “discovered” Hawai'i in the late 1780s people there lived by traditional customs, beliefs and laws. But for forty years after Cook, foreigners invaded the islands, changing the culture, and virtually wiping out barbaric customs* to replace them with Western ways.