An Illustrated Pocket Guide to the O'ahu Battlefield
© 2010 Neil Bernard Dukas
2nd Printing June 2014
ISBN -10 1-56647-922-3
ISBN -13 978-1-56647-922-6
5" X 7" paperbound, 104 pages, 59 illustrations, 10 maps
Suggested Retail Price: $11.95
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Toward the end of April 1795, a great battle was fought on the
Island of O'ahu
between the forces of Kalanikupule and Kamehameha.
for the storied valley in which combined O‘ahu and allied forces made a
valiant last stand against an invading army from Hawai‘i, the battle of
Nu‘uanu was unquestionably a formative event in the history of these
islands—no less, perhaps, in the historical development of this nation.
If Nu‘uanu had not turned out as it did, Hawai‘i might never have been
brought into permanent union and the archipelago advanced along very
While urban sprawl encroaches much of the wider battlefield, after two
hundred years it is still possible to walk the ground to a surprising
degree and to watch the battle unfold in your mind’s eye—to see more or
less as Kamehameha and Kalanikupule did.
Designed for an audience with diverse interests, this convenient and
profusely illustrated pocket guide to the O‘ahu battlefield includes
maps, historical and contemporary photographs, suggested vantage points,
and driving routes. Also included are historical background on the
battle, an overview of key events broken down into logical phases, and
commentary from the perspective of a military historian.
Whether you choose to conduct your own explorations over a half-day or
spread out over a couple of weekends this pocket guide is certain to
enhance both your experience and appreciation for Hawaiian history.
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