Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawaii

Hawaiian women enjoyed sports, were trained in the martial arts, played active roles in decision making, and participated in wars.
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From the cauldron of controversy that is Hawaiian history emerged Wai-nani, a reflection of the personage of the great chiefess Ka’ahumanu. Like all islanders she was a water baby who found pleasure, sustenance, solace, wisdom, and courage in the grand and vibrant sea. She was born 15 years prior to the landing of Captain Cook in Kealakekua in 1779 and was the favorite wife of Makaha, a fierce warrior modeled after Kamehameha the Great.

Hawaiian women enjoyed sports, were trained in the martial arts, played active roles in decision making, and participated in wars. They communed with the gods through hula and ritualistic ceremonies. Ka’ahumanu swam miles each day, and it is reasonable to believe she would have made friends in the ocean. Wai-nani‘s bond with Eku, a playful and communicative dolphin, propels her on a mythological journey couched in magical realism. Wai-nani is a celebration of the Hawaiian people of old – especially the powerful Ka’ahumanu, forerunner to the modern woman.

Honorable Mention, 2015 Readers’ Favorite Awards, Fiction-Historical-Personage category.

This is a beautiful story, a fictionalized account of the life of a Hawaiian woman, Wai-nani, based upon the life of Hawaiian chiefess Kaahumanu. Reading this lovely novel is an appealing way of learning about early Hawaiian life. The story is filled with vivid imagery and rife with details that make this time period come to life. I especially enjoyed the way the voice of the book reflects Hawaiian thinking and values. Readers who would enjoy this novel the most are those very interested in early Hawaiian life and/or the lives of indigenous peoples. Highly recommended.

-- O. Merce Brown

Linda Ballou (Author)

A love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for my writing. From my roots in Alaska I receive strength, centeredness and respect for the awful power of nature. Numerous adventure articles, essays on my website are set in my homeland. In Hawaii I found a spiritual awakening, sensuality and the heroine for my historical novel Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawaii. My latest book, Lost Angel in Paradise, takes you daytripping with me to my favorite outdoor days in sun-splashed California .I share tips for “Wannabe” travel writers in GET GREAT TRIPS and in my playlist on youtube. Join me on my journey. I just released Lost Angel Walkabout in audio format for my armchair traveling friends.

Hawaiian women enjoyed sports, were trained in the martial arts, played active roles in decision making, and participated in wars.

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