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