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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.


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

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.

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.)

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