Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Mau Loa Hawai'i" (Forever Hawai'i)

Kahakauwila

A couple of months ago I moderated a book discussion about Sarah Vowell's book Unfamiliar Fishes.  It was an interesting read about Hawaiian history--before it became a U. S. state. Then last week a book of short stories arrived here at the library by a new and talented native Hawaiian author, Kristiana Kahakauwila.  Hmmm--I saw a theme forming.  So, here are some great titles about Hawaii and by Hawaiian authors.

Alan Brennert
--not a native but he has written two novels about Hawaii, Honolulu and Molokai. His newest book Palisades Park--came out this year.

James Jones
--his 1952 National Book Award winning From Here to Eternity has been made into a classic movie, a miniseries, and a TV series.

James Michener
--this Pulitzer Prize winning author's novel Hawaii was made into a 1966 film.

Deborah Turrell Atkinson
--she writes the Storm Kayama mystery series: Primitive Secrets, The Green Room, Fire Prayer, and Pleasing the Dead. A Hawaii resident for over 30 years, she lives in Honolulu with her family.

Kiana Davenport
--she was born in Honolulu, is of part Hawaiian ancestry, and the author of Song of Exile.

Allegra Goodman
--she was raised in Honolulu and graduated from Punahou School in 1985.  Paradise Park.

Kaui Hart Hemmings
--she was born and raised in Hawaii and her novel The Descendants was made into an 2011 Oscar winning movie.

Kristiana Kahakauwila
--she is a native Hawaiian and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.  This Is Paradise is her first book.

Chris McKinney
--he was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kahaluu on the island of Oahu.  Queen of Tears and The Tattoo.
 
Tara Bray Smith
--she was born and raised in Hawaii and her book West of Then: A Mother, A Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise is available from SEO.

Lois-Ann Yamanaka
--she is a Japanese-American author who was born in Ho'olehua, Moloka'i, Hawai'i.  Her many novels are available through SEO.


"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace."
                                                        Paul Theroux






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