How Come There Are So Many German Streetnames in Hawaii?
It turns out Germans have a long history in Hawaii and Europeans have a long history in the Pacific. That's clear from the scholarship and teaching of Niklaus Schweizer, Professor of German at the University of Hawaii, who regularly publishes and teaches courses on the topic.
Heinrich Zimmerman, a German, sailed with James Cook on his third Pacific voyage in 1776-1780, publishing his own account of the trip. German poet and naturalist Adelbert von Chamisso was aboard the Russian ship Rurik, commanded by Otto von Kotzebue, which sailed to Hawaii in 1815.