Archipelago, The Origin and Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands

Archipelago, The Origin and Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands

by Richard Grigg

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Not Since James Michener’s epic book, “Hawaii,” has there been a book that tells the whole story of the Hawaiian Islands, from creation to discovery by the Polynesians and the Western Explorers.

The Hawaiian archipelago is the oldest and longest chain of islands in the world. For over 70 million years, more than 100 Hawaiian volcanoes have erupted from a deep undersea hot spot on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Over this time, slow drift of the Earth’s crust has produced a trail or chain of volcanoes that stretches over 3,000 miles across the Pacific from the Big Island of Hawai‘i to the edge of Kamchatka (Asia).

Throughout “In the Beginning: Archipelago” you will experience Hawai‘i as you’ve never seen – from plumes of lava exploding under water to a plant in the cloud forests of Maui that blooms only once in thirty years. Learn of the origins and evolution of exotic tropical gardens, forests, and coral reefs. Join this exciting exploration of the islands as they were when first discovered by the Polynesians and the Western explorers, as well as, by all of us who live in Hawai‘i today.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148742258
Publisher: Island Heritage Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 111
Sales rank: 876,453
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Richard W. Grigg is Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at the University of Hawai’i where he is internationally known for his research on the ecology and paleoceanography of reef-building corals in Hawai’i and the Pacific. He has published over fifty scientific papers on this subject alone and has been active in this field of research for over forty years. Early in his career, Dr. Grigg was an aquanaut in the US Navy project SEALAB II, where he spent fifteen days living under the sea at a depth of 205 feet. Dr. Grigg was recently awarded the National Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award for underwater research.

Dr. Grigg, also known as Ricky Grigg, was a pioneer of big wave surfing in Hawai’i in the 1950s and ‘60s and has written several popular books on surfing including Big Surf, Deep Dives and the Islands, Surf Science and Surfer in Hawaii. In 1967, Grigg won the International Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Contest at Sunset Beach, Hawai’i in 18 foot surf. At the time, the ‘Duke’ was considered the World Surfing Championship.

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