Books: Polynesian Arthur

THE WARRIOR KING:

Hawaii' s Kamehameha the Great by

RICHARD TREGASKIS

320 pages. Macmillan. $10.

His parentage and prospects are in doubt. Coached by a wise old tutor, however, the lad performs a trick involving a stubborn, sacred stone; the feat indicates future greatness. Then he goes on to subdue rival warlords, bringing his people unity and peace.

The similarity to Arthurian legend is hardly coincidental, though Richard Tregaskis, the war correspondent (Guadalcanal Diary) and novelist who died last August, was writing about the ruler of a small island kingdom a millennium removed from Camelot....

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