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Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui

Magical Maui. Assure Skies. Mountain Views.  Ocean. Beaches.  Sensational sunsets. Activities. Yet Maui is more.

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My book which you can purchase here, Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui from  award-winning writer Norm Bezane ,  tells the life stories of remarkable people of aloha past and present.

Here you will read of the passion for this place, , the true meaning of aloha and the lives of some 60 truly fascinating people from the best of 200 of my popular columns in Lahaina News.

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Your best introduction to 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.

How do these dancers learn the intricacies of hula. A short essay in Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui tells the story.

The book for new visitors or returnies (click on images)

Beaches and sunsets right? Maui is much more.

Get to know about remarkable people and the visitor experience and get insights into our rich amazing Hawaiiian culture. View some of the remarkable people pictured below, among 60 profiled in the book.


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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 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

Perfact to read on the plane or on beach.


Voices of Aloha Magical Maui Goes Digital

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.

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.”


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

Why are these The Ultimate Maui Visitors?

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).

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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.”

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