Hawaii celebrates King Kamehameha Day on June 11. From Hawaii History (link),
Born at Kokoiki in North Kohala on the island of Hawai`i (in 1758), Kamehameha descended from chiefs of Hawai`i and Maui. As a young man, he distinguished himself as a talented warrior and served his uncle Kalaniopu`u, ruler of several districts on the island. A keen battle strategist and admirer of Western weaponry, Kamehameha later utilized guns and cannon to defeat his own enemies and consolidate his power in the Islands.
King Kamehameha is often referred to as the Napoleon of the Pacific. By uniting the islands, he prevented them from becoming European and Asian colonies. Also from Hawaii History,
Mamala Hoe (Law of the Splintered Paddle)
During a raid on Puna, Kamehameha pursued several fishermen and his foot got stuck in a rock crevice. Realizing the chief's disadvantage, one of the fisherman struck him on the head with a paddle which splintered. As the first fisherman prepared to strike Kamehameha again, the other fisherman made a plea to his companion to spare Kamehameha. Deeply moved by this incident, Kamehameha later proclaimed a law to protect the defenseless and to ensure the safety of travelers. A version of the law was incorporated into the state constitution in 1978.
The statue above was commissioned by the Kingdom of Hawaii in the early 1880s. It was lost at sea enroute from Europe to Hawaii. With the insurance payout, the Legislature cast a second statue which now stands in front of the Ali'iolani Hale (Justice Palace) as seen on Hawaii Five O (and pictured at the top). The original statue awashed ashore in the Falkland Islands. It was returned to Hawaii and erected near his birthplace near Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii (link). A third statue now stands in the US Capital Hall's Statuary Hall along side Father Damien (link).
|Kamehameha's private heiau (temple) in Kona|
To celebrate King Kamehameha Day, I offer my favorite romance books set in Hawaii:
Ophelia London's MAKING WAVES, a novella from the Perfect Kisses series. A journalist and surfer learn to trust again on Oahu's North Shore; review link.
Chip Hughes' mystery series, the Surfing Detective, visiting the islands of Lana'i, Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii:
- MURDER ON MOLOKA'I, review link
- WIPEOUT!, review link
- KULA, review link
- MURDER AT VOLCANO HOUSE, review link
Gina Robinson's THE SPY WHO LEFT ME: Set on Maui, the heroine attends her cousin's destination wedding only to bump into her estranged husband under cover. The couple endure every tourist trap, family bickering, and Chinese spies, ultimately bringing them back together for the HEA.
Check out my interview with Gina at this link and my review at this link.
Jill Marie Landis' Tiki Goddess series. Set on Kauai, a California woman relocates to the North Shore to save her uncle (from fortune hunters), the Tiki Goddess bar (from going under), and the Hula Maidens (from themselves). Laugh out loud comedy true to the spirit of the Garden Isle.
MAI TAI ONE ON, review link
TWO TO MANGO, review link
THREE TO GET LEI'D, blurb link
TOO HOT FOUR HULA, review link
Jill Marie Landis' TROUBLE IN PARADISE, a novella bringing a bride and groom to Kauai, only to have their wedding plans disrupted by Mother Nature and Hawaiian lore; review link.
I am giving away a book choice from my convention stash, plus Hawaiian swag, to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about Hawaii - do you have a favorite place, food, drink, book, movie, or something else?
2. Comments are open through Saturday, June 13, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 14.
Kim in Baltimore
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