Kaaawa: A Novel about Hawaii in the 1850s

Paperback: $27.99
ISBN-13: 9780824807290
Published: July 1980

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520 pages
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  • About the Book
  • About the Author(s)
    • O. A. Bushnell, Author

      O.A. Bushnell is the foremost historical novelist writing about Hawaii today. His other books include Molokai, The Return of Lono, The Stone of Kannon, and The Water of Kane.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • As beautiful as Hawaii itself, This novel approaches epic magnitude. The narrator is Hiram Nihoa, through whom the author pours his love for Hawaii. Nihoa tells the story of his travels around the island of Oahu a century ago, evoking the scene and the people as he saw and loved them. Nihoa's narrative is taken up by a strange New Englander in the second half of the book. Saul Bristol, a sad and bitter man, reveals Hawaii through the eyes of a newcomer. The two narratives embody the conflict between the old and the new which has had so much to do with the way Hawaii has developed.... In some ways ... a lament, but overall a mele aloha, a song of love.
      Publisher's Weekly
    • This book, almost instant classic that it is, is well worthwhile
      Judy Tudor in the Pacific Islands Monthly
    • ...and insight not to be found in history books...spiced with an unmistakable Hawaiian comic flair.
      Mary Cooke in the Honolulu Advertiser
    • The language is English, but the cadence, rhythm, eloquence, and emotion are Hawaiian...
      Chuck Frankel in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin