Here’s the book people love to read about Maui’s remarkable people, our fascinating history and the real meaning of aloha.
MAUI TIME WEEKLY calls the author’s writing “intriguing and illuminating” and the book “an interesting primer on notable people on Maui. Anyone who has been on the island 24 hours will find this an easy, handy reference.
She was the first woman in the world to win money in a surfing contest. She posed for a Playboy leaving little to the imagination. Her illustrious father, Lord James Blears advised her to “go for it.” She is Lahaina’s Laura Blears now the “hostess with the mostest” at Kimo’s on Front Street for more than 15 years. (Excerpt)
Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui released by Aviva Publishing , New York ,is the perfect or visitors, newcomers to the island and even locals who want to quickly learn to appreciate Maui’s remarkable people and Maui’s fascinating history in short stories and through some 60 tales about people you can meet: Hawaiians, the best musicians you can hear, artists and their life stories.
The book is divided into five sections that portray monarchs, missionaries, musicians and artists, colorful characters, makers of modern Maui and those who shape the visitor experience.
It is also a chance to read little-known stories of the popular Old Lahaina Luau, Trilogy Excursions, Lahaina Galleries,all Maui icons. This is the only book on the contemporary people of Maui and what today’s Hawaiians think about the loss of their kingdom .It offers their opinions on what has happened to them over the last 50 years
Kaanapali: another day at the beach as visitors return in large numbers.
MAUI JIM CONTESTS GO FOR THE GLORY OF KA’ANAPALI BEACH.
June flowers from a shower tree–just another of the unique things on Maui.Just one of 20,000 digital photos by the author of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui
Magical Maui. Ocean..Beaches. Azure Sky. Sunsets. Activities. Yet Maui is more. My book which you can purchase here, Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui from an award-winning writer Norm Bezane tells the life stories of remarkable people of aloha past and present. Here you will read of the passion, the true meaning of aloha and the lives of some 60 truly fascinating people from the best of 200 of my columns in Lahaina News.
The best way is through my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui featuring BELOW: star musicians musician plus kings and queens, warriors, missionaries, cultural advisor, essay on people’s passion for Maui, entertainers , popular DJ, cultural practitioners, some sixty of them. Paperback or Kindle or amazon.com
Perfact to read on the plane or on beach.
Now you can get Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui on Kindle on Amazon for only $3.99. 60 great tales of Hawaiians, the Visitor Experience, Musicians, Artists, Colorful Characters and Makers of Maui.
Featured: One of 60 tales of remarkable people who visit or live on beautiful Maui from page 43, Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui:
THEY HANG OUT at the Tiki Bar, often after a summer of sailing around the San Juan Islands in the Northwest. Meet them and the realization comes quickly that they perfectly represent the passion so many have for Maui.
Frequent visitors Gary Bodine and Chris Marcotte, often listen to some 300 Hawaiian songs Gary on their iPod on their boat back home in Washington State. (continued below).
The couple, dividing their time between Maui and Buckley, Washington, regularly cruising the San Juan Islands. Other boaters think they are nuts playing Iz and Grammy winner George Kahumoku on their boat, but they just smile and pretend they are back on Maui. In their own words, this is their story:
Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui moon come up over the water. It was absolutely beautiful.”
“We loved it so much the rst time we came I wanted to cry when we left. We came for nine days and extended for three more. Normally, we come for a minimum of three weeks and then we extend for a week and then another week.
“And the kids say, ‘Are you ever coming home?’ And we say, ‘Only if we have to.’”
“We have been coming here for 12 years. It isn’t for the pools, and it isn’t for activities. We take ourselves on trips around the island to Hana, to Haleakala, and learn as much as we can. After a day or so, we literally drift into tropical paralysis—we are so glad to be here.
“When we went to the Big Island, there was a woman who taught Hawaiian language. She had Hawaiian letters on a Scrabble board. You had to make a Hawaiian word you knew.
“When you are listening to a song, you don’t know what they are singing about. Today, we can look at a street name and know what it means and how to pronounce it. We still don’t know much of the language, but what we did learn was that if you look at a word, you know how to pronounce it.”
“Our favorite things are snorkeling at Black Rock (Pu‘u Keka‘a, where royalty once dove to prove their valor), Honolua Bay, the 14-mile marker, and at Napili (a resort built by Canadians). We go to the hula shows. I don’t care how many times I’ve seen them.”
“(At home,) I will go on the computer and look at the Napili Kai and Sheraton webcams every day. ( at way) I come here every day.”
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Chris isn’t here full-time yet, because she also loves the San Juan Islands in the summer. But someday, she will be. She movingly sums up her passion this way: “I could live here without a doubt. My heart is here. I want my ashes to be spread here—this is where my soul is.”