|Map of the Hawaiian Islands, depicting Cook's explorations, by Rigobert Bond |
Being sent by my government on an expedition to Woa-Hoo, in the Sandwich Islands, also called O-Why-Hee, I decided to look into the 18th century history of the place. There is an unbeliveable amount of history during this period and I spent my off-hours going to the historical places (while I was limited to Oahu during this trip) associated with the conquest of the Island by King Kamehameha I.
|Rickman, John., Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage |
The Bishop Museum has a collection on Hawaiian weaponry and folkways that gives you an opportunity to see what Cook and his crew saw in the 1770's.
|Note the shark-toothed knife and the sword of koa wood. Both would have been in use|
during contact with Cook, as well as during Kamehameha's conquest of the islands
almost fifteen years later 
I actually got some time in the back country and it is amazing, ranging from this...
|Bamboo forest in Nu'uanu Valley, near Jackass Spring, sight of a|
delaying action of the armies of Oahu againt Kamehameha's Hawaiians.
 Bonne, Rigobert, 1727–1794. “Carte des Isles Sandwich.” Copperplate map, with added color, 23 × 34 cm. Probably from R. Bonne and N. Desmarest’s Atlas encyclopédique . . . (Paris, 1787–1788). [Historic Maps Collection], accessed 11 Jun 12, http://libweb5.princeton.edu/visual_materials/maps/websites/pacific/cook3/cook3.html
 Rickman, John. Illustration from Journal of Captain Cook's last voyage to the Pacific Ocean on Discovery.
London, 1781 (item no. 22), University of Princeton, accessed 30 May 12, http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/cookmenu/cookcheck3.htm.
 Rickman, John. (Plate 67), National Library of Australia, accessed 30 May 12.