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Highly readable collection of stories of a missionary son growing up in the Hawaiian islands. If you like first person accounts of life in a different time, you'll like this. I have read Hawaii by Michener and wouldn't be surprised if this was used as a source--they have a similar feel.
The biographical sketch at the beginning is highly entertaining and less mundane than the rest of the book. The detail of the book is interesting to see the changes as the islands became more "civilized".