In his latest book, John Clark, author of Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past and Hawai`i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites, continues his fascinating look at Hawai`i history as told through the stories hidden in its place names. North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka`ena takes the reader on a historical tour of the North Shore of O`ahu conveyed by Hawaiian place names. To research information on place names Clark tapped into 125,000 pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers published from 1834 to 1948, an archive available online in the Papakilo Database, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' repository of historically and culturally significant data collections.The author collected an enormous number of references to specific North Shore locations and presents the material in the original Hawaiian with English translations in an easy-to-use dictionary style format. An invaluable resource for anyone interested in Hawai`i history and the Hawaiian language, North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka`ena brings to life the names, places, and events of the historic North Shore community.
John R.K. Clark, a former lifeguard and retired deputy fire chief of the Honolulu Fire Department, is the author of numerous books on Hawai`i's beaches and ocean lore published by University of Hawai`i Press: Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past; Hawai`i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites; Guardian of the Sea: Jizo in Hawai`i; Hawai`i's Best Beaches; Beaches of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau; Beaches of the Big Island; Beaches of Maui County (Revised Edition); and Beaches of O`ahu (Revised Edition).