“Sam and Mary began to acquire paintings of Hawaii – at first casually, and then with determination – eventually forming a comprehensive collection. Simultaneously, Sam began to judiciously build a collection of printed pictorial matter, books, and atlases, all in pristine condition. Together, these two collections are unsurpassed by any other private collection in the islands.”
— David W. Forbes, Author
The book has become an important Hawaiian history resource for researchers, librarians, educators, students and others interested to learn or share more of the islands’ extraordinary culture and lifestyle during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Cooke family home, Kūaliʻi remains a private residence however, this remarkable book offers a peek of what to expect when it becomes a historic house museum.
Since its December 2016 launch, Sam’s book has garnered three major awards:
Publication of this book was made possible by the generous support of Sam and Mary Cooke. Net proceeds benefit Mānoa Heritage Center.
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