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If you love Maui, want to know more about the visitor experience…

..are planning a trip, or even a longtime local you will enjoy more than 60 short tales of Hawaiians, Musicians, Artists, entrepreneurs and colorful characters and more . Purchase book here based on 10 years of  popular award-winning columns in Lahaina News by Norm Bezane SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE FROM AUTHOR NORM BEZANE.

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.

Knowing Maui More: Where there is no smoke…

there is no fire. The iconic Pioneer Mill smokestack, refurnished after the close of West side sugar operations, stands as a sentinel marking the location of the historic town of Lahaina. Stories about the three people most influential in preserving the history of Lahaina appear in my new book Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. 

Click link to knowi Maui more: Pig-out

Visitors watch as a pig is removed from emu at the Sheraton Maui luau. The porker cooked all day in the traditional Hawaiian way, dropped in a pit, covered with leaves and hot stones.


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Getting to know Maui: Why this is the month for showers?

From the author of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui 

No April showers for Maui (this is not the rainy season) . Instead you can enjoy  the blossoms of shower trees, making in this case a sea of yellow on  the  lawn of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel recently. You can see em, but you do not have to rake em.  


Some 10,000 visitors this month are frolicking in the ocean. Humpback whales are the target of sharks called cookie cutters whose bites are to whales as cookie cutters are to dough.whale-tales-1-1

THIS IS THE FIRST OF DAILY REPORTS, SOME FULL LENGTH STORIES, BASED ON TALKS AT THE FEB.25-26, BASED ON TALKS BY THE WORLD’S LEADING RESEARCHERS GATHERED TOGETHER BY WHALE TRUST MAUI, the premier group supporting whale research in the Hawaiian Islands. Three researchers are the subject of a profile in my new book.

WHY 30 DAYS OF WHALES?  For 30 years or more, the waters of Maui have been a paradise for researchers. Not enough has been reported at least here on what has been discovered about these magnificent creatures, the source of so much attention by visitors.  This is this site’s small contribution to closing this gap.  And the whales are just one more example of why Maui is such a magical place, the theme of Voices of Aloha on Magical Maui. Remarkable whales and remarkable people of aloha that make this the greatest place on earth.–Norm Bezane

(There is no longer my Voices of Maui Beyond the Beach column in Lahaina News. Here, in the new digital age, you will now be able to find more on what makes Maui, Maui.)

SLIDE SHOW: What could you find on Maui’s Canoe Beach today?

From Artists painting plein aire (in the open air) in annual event in which they get two hours to complete a painting start to finish on a picturesque site. Paintings done over past week to be unveiled at Royal Lahaina Resort this weekend.

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Enjoy the slide show: Magical Maui and the Remarkable People Profiled in my New Book

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