The Volcano Is Our Home: Nine Generations of a Hawaiian Family on Kilauea Volcano


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When Alan Akana realized he had missed hearing many of his family’s stories, a search for this history became a gift to all his readers. The Volcano is Our Home introduces us, in a very personal way, to the influences that shaped Hawaii, transforming it from an isolated group of islands inhabited by remarkable people with a unique and beautiful culture into a tourist mecca, known today by travelers from all over the world. Akana transports you to the Hawaii of old so that you may experience these islands with a new understanding of a lost way of life. As you read you will travel over 250 years alongside a Hawaiian family, guided by their connection to the land, each other, and a rich spiritual realm. You will join them on the slopes of Kīlauea Volcano as they confront the arrival of each new wave of change-from Captain Cookʻs arrival, to the age of the missionaries, to the overthrow of the kingdom, to the 50th State, to Hawaiiʻis entrance into the 21st century. Alan Akana is a member of the current generation of Hawaiians who has perfected the art of “talking story.”