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Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Tom Selleck
Price: £10.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hawai`i is the star., 20 July 2010
"Magnum p.i" was a fantastic t.v series. The main characters were all excellent (Magnum, Higgins and even "the lads".)
The story lines of most episodes were very good. The lighter hearted episodes being the best.
But overall the star was Hawai`i itself.
Although there was a lot of scenes filmed on O`ahu, especially around Waikiki and Honolulu. The main filming was done on Kaua`i. This is where the "Robin Masters estate" really was.
The show was totally unrealistic in many ways. Especially the fact that it was packed full of English characters.
When in fact in the Hawai`ian Islands in the 1980`s when it was filmed (I know because I was there) an English person living even on O`ahu was an extreme rarity. If anyone found out you were English then Hawai`ians, Americans and Japanese all treated you like royalty. You were such a novelty.! The only English people they had seen in Hawai`i was Joan Collins in the "Dynasty" t.v show. So to have so many English characters especially as the seasons went on packed into the series was absurd.
But who cares about reality. None of the story lines were that realistic either.
It was still an amusing, fun, action packed show.
For such an iconic t.v series the dvd box set does deserve a lot better than "Universal" the cheapskate of all studios gave it.
The discs are double sided until later seasons.
And you have to buy the U.S ntsc region 1 box sets of the show for the outside box covers to co-ordinate throughout all the seasons.
Worst of all is the quality of the picture. Which varies from episode to episode. Some being quite good then others very poor and grainy.
And not one single extra in any season.
They obviouisly spent as little money as possible on the production and manufacturing of these box sets.
But what they have released is better than nothing. So if this is the only watch to watch "Magnum p.i" again
then they are worth buying.

Tahitian Beauties
Tahitian Beauties
by Serge Kakou
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Tahitian Vahines., 8 May 2010
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For anyone who loves Tahiti and The Society Islands (French Polynesia.) This is a very nice Quality book to add to your collection.
It was originally published in French in paperback. On changing it to English and Hardback the price increased. There is in fact very little text.
There are some lovely clear historical photographs taken between 1904 to 1921 by Lucien Gauthier of Tahitian mainly women and some men.
"Tahitian Vahines" would be a far more accurate title.
Most photographs are in taken studio. Some women in just a pareo and leis of flowers or small shells. Others in mu`umu`us which are particularly nice.
The book is printed on very high quality thick paper. The photographs well displayed. All black & white of course.
My only complaint is why was this not released in a proper glossy printed sleeve over the Hardback cover.?
Instead it came in a horrible badly creased thick plastic outer cover with the title printed on this.
I removed this plastic sleeve as it looked better without it. What the the publishers thinking.?
With a proper outer sleeve I would of definately given it 5 stars.
It is still a lovely interesting book.

Hula Dancers & Tiki Gods (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Hula Dancers & Tiki Gods (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
by Chris Pfouts
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £33.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could of been alot better., 8 May 2010
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For anyone who loves The Hawai`ian Islands this is an interesting colourful Hardback book.
It`s a medium sized and well laid out.
The vast majority of the book is photographs of women dressed up as hula dancers.
Not real Hawai`ian hula dancers but just the western Worlds idea of what they were. Wahines wearing ti leaf skirts and leis of flowers.
Although most of the photographs were taken in Hawai`i. Some were from Tahiti, Samoa and even Papua New Guinea. These should NOT of been included in this book.
There are posters of old movies that were set in "The South Seas."
Some Hawai`ian tourist souvenirs pictured are more up market, but the others are mainly cheap rubbish.
The Tiki Gods part of the book is disappointing. They are only just a very few short pages at the end of the book.
This entire book but especially this section could of been a lot better.
There are no photographs of genuine hand carved wooden Hawai`ian Tikis.
Just some pictures of the 1950`s/1960s craze of Tiki Art. Cheaply badly carved FAKE Tikis used at the time in interior design in the U.S.
Also a few pictures of mass made souvenir Tikis from New Zealand. Again that should not of been in this book.

*If a book is titled "Hula Dancers and Tiki Gods" Then ALL of the photographs should be from Hawai`i ONLY.*
Hawai`ian Hula Dancers. Hawai`ian Tiki Gods.
Not from anywhere across the South Pacific, Polynesia and even Micronesia.
Because it is all so random. I can only give it 4 stars.

Tahiti-Polynésie (1DVD)
Tahiti-Polynésie (1DVD)
by Dominique Auzias
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars French Travel Guide., 6 May 2010
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This is a good paperback travel guide. It`s in French but then it is about French Polynesia.
But even if you speak little french, to an addition to your English language Tahiti guide books it is worth buying. If not for the photographs alone. It really does give you the true feel of the Society Islands.
It is a shame it doesn't have either English translations or is also published in English.
The dvd included is useless. It`s not a normal sized dvd. But a tiny thing that is unplayable on any dvd player.
If you want travel dvds on Tahiti and French Polynesia then there are some very good ones to choose from at
Some are in just French, but others also in English. Google bar will translate into English so you can browse through them easily. (They are not available at

Heiva i Bora Bora
Heiva i Bora Bora
by Jean-Luc Peley
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Only in French and Japanese., 6 May 2010
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This is a medium sized Hardback book. It is filled with photographs taken at the Hieva dance festivals on Bora Bora between 1997 to 2007.
There are some nice photographs of the dancers, but also quite a few really badly blurred ones.
It`s not just photographs of fast moving dancers that are blurred, but also of people standing still.
Surely there were some better photographs than these to choose from to put into the book.?
I have to say I could of taken vastly superior photographs myself.
But the trouble is that there are unbelievably next to No books available to buy outside of Tahiti on Heiva dance festivals and Tahitian `Ori (Aparima and Ote`a) dancers.
This Heiva book is about it. So for that reason it may be worth adding to your book collection.
The text is in Tahitian with French translations. Well it is French Polynesia.
But my major complaint about this book is that although there is also Japanese translations, which takes up a lot of room on some pages.
There are NO English translations at all. Which is ludicrous.!
There are Japanese tourists visiting Tahiti every year. But there are vastly more U.S tourists there (English speaking.) So why didn't the publishers add English translations as well.?
This way the book would of sold many more copies. But obviously the publishers are not that interested in overall book sales.

It really is time that a French or American publisher released a really impressive hardback book on the stunning Tahitian Heiva dance festivals. Capturing the beauty of the highly trained dancers and fantastic colourful costumes in this joyous sensuous dance of the South Pacific.
With Tahitian, French and English text. Available to buy in Europe and the U.S.

Maisons de Tahiti : Edition trilingue Français, Anglais, Tahitien
Maisons de Tahiti : Edition trilingue Français, Anglais, Tahitien
by Hinarai Rouleau
Edition: Album

3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny Book., 27 April 2010
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This is a tiny book. In a card padded cover.
It would have been much better if it had been much bigger in size with lots more pages.
Although it costs a small fortune to stay in a hotel per night in Tahiti and the other Society Islands.
Especially Bora Bora and the rest of French Polynesia.
In complete contrast the native Tahitians live very modestly.
This shows how their small basic homes are decorated with very little money to spend.
Lots of cheap floral fabrics covering windows, sofas and tables.
It does give you the feel of the real Society Islands. And in that sense is a nice little book.
The text being in French and English.
But it is very overpriced for it`s size. Being so tiny with so few pages it should be priced at about about £6.00 max.

The Hawaiian House Now
The Hawaiian House Now
by Malia Mattoch McManus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Living in Paradise., 24 April 2010
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Real estate in Hawai`i is one of the most expensive places on the Planet.
A one bedroom condo apartment on O`ahu starts at U.S $750,000. to U.S. $1,000000. price range.
Living in Paradise comes at a cost.!
The properties shown in this book are in the U.S. $4,000000. to U.S $12,000000. price range.
A large amount of native Hawai`ians can no longer afford to live in their own Hawai`ian Islands. So have had to relocate over to the U.S mainland, in particular California. Where home prices are vastly lower.
It is a beautiful book showing the current trends in architectural designs and home decor. Emphasizing in the location and tropical living.
Homes are now very distinctly authentically Hawai`ian (Polynesian) in design.
You could take some good ideas from the decor photographs to decorate far less expensively in style.
It is a Hardback book. With lots of information with the colourful photographs.
If you dream of living in Hawai`i. It`s definitely worth buying.

If you want to see how the really rich live in the Hawai`ian Islands then I very highly recommend that you buy the even thicker glossier Hardback book. "Hawai`i: A sense of place" by Mary Philpotts McGrath.
Priced a about U.S $45.00. It is worth every cent.
This is an incredible book. Packed with pure luxurious living in the Hawai`ian Islands.
From U.S $10,000000. to U.S. $23,000000. properties. The interiors alone must be staggering in price.
This is a Stunning book.! A must buy.

Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Polynesia., 6 April 2010
This review is from: WOMEN OF POLYNESIA (Paperback)
The photographs in this book show women of Polynesia (Hawai`i, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand) in the early 20th Century.
The photographs are well laid out on the pages.
They are mainly black & white, with a few from Hawai`i and Tahiti that are hand coloured.
Lei adorned wahines. These photographs/ postcards were mainly sent to the U.S , but also some to the U.K and Europe by mainly male customers. The post cards were to entice others to vacation there.
The book does have some lovely photographs. Especially for anyone who is interested in The South Pacific Islands and historical photography.
The book has only a thick glossy paperback cover.
It really should of been Hardback. Then I would of given it 5 Stars.

Learn Hawaiian at Home [With 2 CD's]
Learn Hawaiian at Home [With 2 CD's]
by Kahikahealani Wight
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 10 Feb. 2009
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If you seriously want to learn to speak, read and write the beautiful Hawai`ian language and are not lucky enough to live in Paradise (Hawai`i).
Then this is the best way to do so. It is the best book with audio cd's on the mass market to buy.
"Learn Hawai`ian at home" by Kahikahealani Wight is a Hardback book with 2 audio cd's.
You are taught Hawai`ian the way Hawai`ians are taught.
Starting with noun and vowel sounds.
Also buy "New pocket Hawai`ian dictionary" book by Mary Kawena and Samuel.H. Elbert.
And later "Place names of Hawai`i" by the same authors.

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