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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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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 .



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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