Category Archives: Hawaii

Read about the Grammy winner who is a renaissance man

This slack key performer, singer, farmer, teacher, artist once had his son play on stage for six months with no strings in his ukeleleSee George  on stage at Napili Kai resort every Wednesday evening. Read about his funny anecdotes in Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui

Read about how sailors from Alaska created one of Maui’s biggest tourist attractions.

Learn how cinnamon buns were the key behind their early success.

 

VISITORS: READ THE BOOK ON THE PLANE OR WHEN YOU ARRIVE.

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

Discover these remarkable people of aloha to better enjoy the visitor experience

Magical Maui Ocean. Beaches. Sunsets. The people Musicians. Artists. Hawaiians. Luau founders. Trilogy sailing entrepreneurs. Modern day whalers, 400,000 Mai Tai man. Hostess-surfer. Teacher of intricate hula. Ultimate visitor. Concierge. Lei lady.”Morning Goddess.” Parrot man. Chef. Story teller. Gallery owner. Architect. Gadfly. Activist. Old Timer and fascinating historical figures and many  Maui. Special tales of Hawaiians, what they think and do.

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Perfect gift for those who love Maui: friends or clients

During the holidays this is the perfect gift. People love Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui.

Maui Time says it is “intriguing and illuminating.”  Says president of  Maui Friends of the Library: “I couldn’t put it down..  Featuring essays on passion for Maui, the complete meaning of aloha and 60 tales of people like Willie K, Grammy winner George Kahumoku, IZ, Artist Jim Kingwell, the Old Lahaina Luau founders. Trilogy catamaran entrepreneurs from modern-day whalers, lives of Hawaiians and much more.

Available here or on amazon.  

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Amazon posts first reviews on my fourth book.

Two reviews have captured the essence of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui.

“This is one of the best sources… to learn of other peoples’ take on the Maui experience. There were a few items I had not found in the standard histories of the Hawaiian nation. Good to know. But best, to me, were the short visits with Mauians of all sorts – This is a book you can read straight through, or dip into here and there as the spirit moves. It’s great!”

And a second review:

“This book was very helpful to me as a new resident .on the island. For one thing it is kind of a primer on the culture offering insights in short essays on the Hawaii of old and the major changes from arrival of missionaries to the plantation and later tourism transformed the island. The author wrote stories about everyday people, some funny, to give me a better sense of the people I may be able to meet in my comings and goings. In a sense it is a kind of guide to living here.”

WHAT MAKES MAUI SO MAGICAL…

In my new book you meet remarkable people who have made Maui and  amazing stories of the king who united the islands, the queen who loved America but lost her kingdom and the sugar barons who turned Maui into a virtual melting pot.

You will enjoy the stories of Hawaiians who developed a rich culture they almost lost, the people you can meet every day: the 400,000 Mai Tai man, famous musicians and artists ,the surfer who posed on a surfboard for Playboy, the chef who pioneered Pacific cuisine, the modern-day whalers, preservationists who come each year along with whales that are so fascinating to visitors. Here you will read the story of how the author who like many so many developed a passion for Maui, and even the little dog Kea Aloha, the only Native Hawaiian in our household. .

People tell me they love this book, the only volume on the contemporary people of Maui. Says John T of the Maui Friends of the library, “I couldn’t put it down.”

What is the real meeting of aloha? How did entrepreneurs from Alaska turn catamarans into the most popular ocean attraction on Maui.? How did a would-be bartender build Old Lahaina Luau into one of the best cultural experiences on Maui?   how will hula dancers you will see frequently at every venue learn the intricacies of the dance. How did a truly legendary bartender come to make 400,000 Mai Tais?

It is all here from an award-winning author who visited for 27 years  and has lived here for 14 years, writing more than 250 newspaper columns, the best included in this volume .

GET ALL THESE STORIES AND  60 MORE ON THIS SITE OR FROM AMAZON.COM TODAY.

MODERN HULA CELEBRATES MAUI CULTURE

An amazing 70 years ago when large number of visitors began to visit Maui Hawaiians abandoned glitzy costumes for those traditional.

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