“APPARENTLY, THERE ARE MANY WHO CAN WALK UPON THE WATERS.” EXCERPT FROM JAMES MICHENER’S “HAWAII”

Hawaii, James Mitchener’s epoch-spanning 930-page novel, was released in 1959—the same year Hawaii became America’s 50th state. This excerpt below takes place in 1820. The first missionaries have arrived in Lahaina, Maui. Some are being dropped off while others, including John Whipple (played by Gene Hackman in the 1966 movie) and his wife Amanda, are…