Title

Different Islands, Different Experiences: American Travel Accounts of Samoa and Hawaii

Abstract

"No artist can paint such a landscape;…. I have never seen so splendid a combination of beauty and grandeur as sunrise in Samoa. The Earthly Paradise! Don't you want to go to it? Why, of course. Just pack your valise, get your ticket and start for Honolulu." With such enticing sentiments as these, American men and women traveled to Hawai'i and Samoa seeking adventure and new experiences, after completing their journeys, the travelers published enthusiastic descriptions of their holidays. Predictable, in the books and articles released soon after their return to the mainland, the travel writers described the island's weather, the means of transportation on and between the islands, the hotels, the food, and the souvenirs they purchased. The travel accounts diverged, however, when the writers described the people they met and the places they visited.

Department(s)

History and Political Science

Keywords and Phrases

U.S. Territories; United States Territories

Document Type

Book

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 Hawaiian Historical Society, All rights reserved.

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