NORM BEZANE, named a top two independent journalist and writer of a top two feature column in the State of Hawaii by the Society of Professional Journalists Honolulu is the author of four popular books including his latest “Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui.” Writing from the unique perspective of experience of 25 years as a visitor to Maui and 15 years as resident, Bezane has written nearly 250 columns, the best of which appear in this, his definitive book on his insights.
Maui Time Weekly says the author writings “are intriguing and illuminating and provides a handy guide for anyone who has been on the island 24 hours.”
Chicago Tribune Rick Kogan in a radio interview said to the author: “you are the voice of Maui and have the same spirit as (Pulitzer Prize winner) Mike Royko. Your writing reminds me of what he used to write”.
The focus is short tales of a bartender who has made 400,000 maui tais, the surfer/hostess who once posed for Playboy, musicians, artists and colorful characters, the king who united the islands, the queen who lost a kingdom, missionaries, sugar and tourists kings who shaped modern Maui.
Readers will also to know and understand Hawaiians, what they do and what they think about the transformation of this wonderful place from monarcjy, to U.S. territory to state. and what they think say for those who want to understand their cultural experience while here.
The unique accounts loved by visitors and “locals” alike are among the few that tell the story of contemporary remarkable people who have made Maui Maui, the greatest place on earth.
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Passionate about Maui, he began his Hawaii writing experience to learn to better appreciate the rich culture and those he came to know as remarkable people of aloha who visitors and resident encounter every day. share his love of island people, particularly Hawaiians whose rich culture A native of Oak Park, Illinois who wrote the same high school newspaper column penned by Ernest Hemingway 50 years before Bezane describes his long career in journalism and corporate communications as bookends .
He wrote for 10 years as a journalist, notably as a reporter on the Chicago Bureau of Business Week Magazine from 1962 to 1966 with the highlight interviewing Dr. Martin Luther King and a young Jessie Jackson as he sat in bed for an article on the Nobel Prize winner’s civil rights campaign.
For more than 40 years he worked in public relations, serving 10 years as editor of a corporate magazine and later launched the A T Kearney publication “Executive Agenda,” He researched and wrote a history of Underwriters Laboratories titled “This Inventive Century: the Incredible Journey of UL” and wrote speeches for the Chairman of Sears and others as a senior consultant to Hill and Knowlton, the nation’s largest public relations firm at the time.
Today, honing skills over 40 first acquired in the challenging work environment of Business Week magazine, he considers the writing he continues to do today as the best in his long career.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
POLYNESIANS, KINGS, QUEENS,
A TREACHEROUS TALE
“The Hawaiian pear is now fully ripe and this is the golden hour for the United States to pluck it.”
-U.S. Minister John Stevens
NEWCOMERS Captain James Cook. Missionary Hyram Bingham.
KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT First King
KAMEHAMEHA REVISITED First King
MISSIONARY Edward Bailey
KA’AHUMANU First Hawaiian Feminist
LILI’UKALANI The Last Queen
THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE
“People save their whole lives to come
to Hawaii What a blessing to have them here.”
-Dale Sorenson of the Most Hawaiian Hotel
ULTIMATE VISITORS Chris Marcotte and Gary Bodine
HONEYMOONERS Doreen and Damon Stoner
MR. ALOHA Rudy Aquino
CONCIERGE Malihini K Heath
MAI TAI MAN Dale Simonsen
CONCIERGE Malihini K Heath
HOSTESS SURFER Laura Blears
MORNING GODDESS Alaka‘i Paleka:
LEI LADY Fayth Marciano
BIRD MAN Brian Bodka
TODAY’S HAWAIIANS and THEIR CULTURE
“My goal is to educate people so they know the preciousness of what makes Hawaii and Maui separate from the rest of the world and we have something to offer during these turbulent years.”
KUPUNA Ed Lindsey
CULTURAL ADVISOR Clifford Na’ole
HAWAIIAN Kahu David Kapaku
KUMU HULA Hokulani Holt
ACTIVIST Charles Maxwell
HAWAIIANS Malihini Heath/David Kapaku
CULTURAL HISTORIAN Hinano Rodrigues-
KUPUNA Ke’eaumoku Kapu
“Would you live anywhere else”?
-Musician Willie K
LEGENDARY IZ Israel Ka’ano’i Kamakawiwo’ole,
SLACK KEY MASTER George Kahumoku
SINGER SONG WRITER Amy Hanailo’ii’i
KUMU, COMPOSER, SINGER Keali’i Reichel
PERFORMER Willie K
ARTIST Jim Kingwell
LANI’I ARTIST Mike Carroll
POP ARTIST Davo
MAKERS OF MODERN MAUI
“I’m a cliff jumper”
-Visionary Theo Morrison
CATARMARAN CLAN Jim and Randy Coon
LUAU PIONEER Michael Moore
GALLERY OWNER Jim Killett
COMPOSERS, SINGERS DANCERS Farden Family
HULA DANCING LEGEND Emma Sharpe
HISTORY BUFF Jim Luckey
MILL MANAGER Keoki Freeland
VISIONARY Theo Morrison
ARCHITECT Uwe Schulz
REMARKABLE PEOPLE HERE and ABOUT
“Aloha is a two-way street. If you are nice, we are nice.”
-Octogenarian Blackie Gadarian
GADFLY Blackie Gadaran
HULA DANCER Kalele Jaramillo
MODERN WHALERS Flip Neckline and Ed Lyman STORY TELLER Kekoa Mowat
AUTHOR Norm Bezane LOYAL FRIEND Kea Aloha
“I do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the Constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom.”
PROTESTS AND APOLOGIES