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For visitors: the only book that enhances the Maui Experience with 60 tales of remarkable people

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MAUI BEFORE YOU COME?? Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui is an ideal read for the plane or after you arrive. It is the one book on Maui that can enhance the visitor experience through learning about remarkable people of aloha you can meet every day. It also includes fascinating short tales on the historical figures who made Maui Maui.

Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui captures the essence of those who live on Maui and provides inside stories of leading musicians you may want to enjoy, a morning Goddess, a leis lady, a bird man, the 400,000 Mai Tai man, hula dancers and their mystic, ultimate visitors, modern-day whalers, colorful characters, a king who unified the islands and a queen who composed songs still heard today, crossed the ocean to meet the well -known monarch Queen Victoria and lost her kingdom.

     Maui Time Weekly calls the author’s writing “intriguing and illuminating, an interesting primer on notable people on Maui. Anyone who has been on the island 24 hours will find this an easy, handy reference.”

     ”Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui includes 60 short tales based on my award-winning popular columns in Lahaina News that offer insights into Hawaiians and their history as well as the remarkable people visitors can meet every day.

      Read about leading musicians you may want to enjoy, a morning Goddess, a leis lady, a bird man, the 400,000 Mai Tai man, the mystic of hula dancers, ultimate visitors, modern-day whalers, colorful characters. a king who unified the islands and a queen who composed songs still heard today and who crossed the ocean to meet the well -known monarch Queen Victoria and lost her kingdom.

     The society of professional journalists in Honolulu annual awards program named the column whose stories appear in the book one of best in Hawaii and the writer one of the leading independent journalists in the islands. The author’s  credentials include writing for four years for the prestigious Business Week magazine honing writing and reporting skills,  interviewing Dr. Martin Luther King and other notable people.

     Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui is based on knowledge of Maui the author developed over 27 years as a visitor and 15 as a resident. It explains how people develop a passion for this greatest place on earth that exceeds few other places. It explains the real meaning of aloha heard so frequently and why this is a magical island.

     Although there are many books written about Maui very few explore the lives of ordinary people , telling how Hawaiians and others grew up. Of particular interest is a rare look at the feelings of Hawaiians on the loss of their kingdom and how they were teated  for most of the last century.

     Voices of Aloha on Magical Mau begins with a story on the author’s passion for Maui.— passion few have for any place.and visitors often develop, returning again and again to this island paradise. You will learn about the fascinating histories of the  king who unified the islands and the queen who lost a kingdom and the impact  of missionaries, sugar barons and today’s entrepreneurs.

     The book concludes with a tongue and cheek story on the comings and goings of Kea Aloha, the little dog who made possible Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui by not eating the manuscript.

     More can be found on the links above. A paperback version of Voices of  Aoha on Magical Maui can be purchased through the top right link or through, especially through ‘Amazon Prime with no shipping cost.  An e-book can also be purchased on line at


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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