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Aloha All,
I seek more information regarding the release of:

Colonel Charles A. Jones: Hawaii's World War II Military Sites: A Comprehensive Guide Focusing On O'ahu, [Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 2002].

Your guidance is appreciated,

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Not much new info for you David. I spoke to a rep at the publishing company and she said it was available for special order at bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble but a trip to the borders across the street belies that; they weren't able to find any information about it.

I have a call into the distributor. The number is (877)
828-4852 ext 206 (for customer service) and judging by one local kine pidgin voicemail dey on da aina.
Strike that, the accent was from the islands but whomever recorded it was professional.

If I get any more info I'll post it.

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ISBN 1 566 47 521X
Retail according to the woman I talked to at Mutual is $14.95
However, with the ISBN I found it listed at Barnes & Noble for $12.95

Barnes & Noble

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PostIcon Posted on: Jul. 22 2002,4:27 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Aloha All,
Just got a copy of Hawai'i's World War II Military Sites: A Comprehesive Guide Focusing on O'ahu by Colonel Charles A. Jones [Honolulu, HI: Mutual Publishing Company; 2002]. $14.95 plus $4 Shipping.

The volume is heavy weighting just shy of two pounds. Try holding that for a while! The 250 pages of text has a guide to how to use the book and is further indexed to help with specific interests.

The author warns that however the book is titled as 'comprehensive', that every historical site at every location is not included. He further suggests that one must learn about the Pearl Harbor Attack from other sources, as that is not the focus of this volume.

While meant as a tour guide, the volume is much more. There IS a host of historical and statistical information about the Pearl Harbor Attack and other World War II actions related to Oahu.

Procedures to visit military areas and cautions given are very important to follow, which will reflect on the next person to follow these procedures. Locations are well marked with maps and a limited number of photos.

This is an important "read" for the potential traveler to Oahu ["O'ahu, Hawai'i" is the current way the Hawaiians prefer to have their language written].

I expect much more will be added to this post as I get thru the volume.

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PostIcon Posted on: Sep. 05 2002,3:38 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Neither Amazon or Barnes & Noble currently are stocking the book, although I was able to special order mine from a local B&N store.

This is a good book to have for those who have an interest in the Pearl Harbor attack. He does cover some later events as well (but misses others) but this book is mainly about the Japanese attack on December 7th. Locations cover the entire island as well and might provide a good bargaining point (I know you're not interested in some old radar station dear, but it's right next to Turtle Bay!).

A couple of minor goofs but all-in-all a good book. Well worth the price in my opinion.

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Tracy and David- I agree with both of your points in the fact that the book is worth the price. I picked mine up via Barnes and Noble for $10.46. It listed $13.95, but when it arrived, I was only charged $10.46. Not bad at all for the info inside the volume. But like you said Tracy, they are out right now.

There are a few mistakes I noticed right away (like pictures upside down and all) but they will be easily corrected for a second edition.

One thing I did notice above all is the directions he gives to get to various sites. Obviously the majority of this work was done prior to Sept 11th, for currently, most of the spots listed in here are closed and off limits to visitors. This book will probably be the closest most of us will come to these sites in a long time. However, the directions he gives to places are excellent!

Its a book that I would recommend anyone pick up.

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PostIcon Posted on: Sep. 15 2002,11:34 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Greetings to All,   With all of the above noted and agreed to; Colonal Jones, we are here to assist in the making of "Volume 2".   Volume 2 might cover the other sites not mentioned in the first book.   Heck, you could devote an entire book to the coastal defense batteries alone.
That noted, the book should be a god-send to the history minded visiter to Hawai'i.   Well done.
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Hi Brian,
For coast defense batteries, I suggest that you find -through interlibrary loan as it is out of print- the book Fort Kamehameha: The Story of the Harbor Defenses of Pearl Harbor by William H. Dorrance [Shippenburg, Pa: White Mane, 1993] 162pp. Illus, maps, diagr., tables, append., notes, bibl., index. $22.50. ISBN: 0-942597-51-6.

I corresponded with Bill prior to the volume's printing and was extremely pleased with his study with primary veterans before their passing! This is an important study of a neglected aspect of American defense policy in the 20th century, coastal fortifications. Although devoted specifically to the defenses of Oahu and Pearl Harbor, Bill Dorrance covers most of the critical trends in American coast defense policy, including things like mobile searchlights, battery location, and railroad construction.

Bill has another book on the market which I have not yet obtained [one can only buy just so much and must depend on the interlibrary loans]: Oahu's Hidden History by William H. Dorrance; [Honolulu: Mutual Publishing Company: March 1999] Softcover, 240pp; $13.95; ISBN: 1-566472-11-3.

An unusual look at Oahu's history with coverage of not so familiar places and sites, including sugar plantations, ranches, railroads and military bases. This historical exploration enables you to see the island in a new way.
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Maybe we should conspire to send the good Colonel a bunch of information for his second edition! Who would turn down having to verify that info? ;)

Personally, I was hoping he'd have some information about the old UDT base at Waimanalo as I haven't found anything on this yet.

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Ladies and Gentlemen:  

I am the author of "Hawaii's World War II Military Sites."  I would have posted earlier but this is new to me, plus I am busy not only with the book but with reserve duty (I am in the USMCR).  I wrote the book out of frustration; when on the island in 99 and 01, I could not find a single source guide for the sites, so I wrote one.  Virtually all the work is mine; many of the sites found by luck.  The photos are mine except the aerials and the archival photos.  Visit my site at www.pearlharborguide.com.   Semper Fi, Charles A. Jones  (PS:  thanks for the compliments; other feedback appreciated).
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