Monday, June 6, 2016

Celebrate Hawai'i Week - Aloha to Kate Pearce

Reminder: I have a special giveaway to celebrate June at this link.

This coming Saturday is King Kamehameha Day, a state holiday in Hawai'i.  Above is my picture of the second King Kamehameha statue outside Ali'iolani Hale - House of the Heavenly King (the original statue was cast in Italy but lost at sea.  Hawaii Five O incorporated this legend into the Season Four Episode, ‘Ka’oia l’o Ma Loko’). 
To honor the fierce warrior who united the eight islands into one Kingdom, I invited authors connected to Hawaii.  Today's guest, Kate Pearce, lives on the Big Island of Hawai'i, King Kamehameha's home island. 

Kim:  What's your favorite sight, sound, and smell from your corner of Paradise?

Kate: Sight: The sun setting over the sea. Sound: The flocks of parakeets cackling at me overhead when I’m out walking the dog.  Smell: The cinnamon gardenia outside my bedroom window that perfumes the room every night.

Kim: Can you share a Hawaiian word or proverb which inspires you?

Kate: Ohana-because in Hawaii that doesn’t just mean blood relatives, but all those who become part of your Hawaiian family. It’s a real thing here.

Kim: What would you recommend a visitor to your island take the time to see/do/eat that's off the beaten path? 

Kate: Probably to take a whole day to explore the Volcanic National Park with the live volcano, it’s huge and has all kinds of interesting sights and hikes within it. And then have dinner in Volcano and go back into the park when it is dark so you can really see what the volcano is all about. :)

Devestation Trail in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Mahalo, Kate, for taking me back to paradise! From Kate's website (link),

Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.

After graduation, real life did intervene and she ended up working in finance which was not the greatest career choice for a would-be writer!

A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Kate writes in several different romance sub-genres under different names. She is a member of RWA and is published by Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

I follow Kate on Facebook (link) and Twitter (link) for my daily reminder of Hawaiian life.  

Coming next from Kate
on July 5 (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 birds - Kate enjoys the parakeets of Hawai'i.  What birds do you enjoy?

2. Comments are open through Saturday, June 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

The first statue washed ashore in South America
and returned to the Big Island of Hawaii.


  1. Many kinds really

  2. I enjoy the owls we can hear every one in a while. We had a big old oak in the front yard and a family of barn owls lived there for several years. You could watch them fly at night. They really do fly silently. One night we pulled into our driveway and the family was lined up, each sitting on the top of a fencepost, two adults and three little ones. Unfortunately, the tree was destroyed by a strong wind wine spring and the babies in the nest didn't make it. The adults moved on and we can sometimes hear them in the distance.

  3. I love kookaburras. If you hear them in the afternoon it's going to rain.

  4. Growing up we had canaries......we have about 7 bird houses on our deck and finches make some of them their home.

  5. I love seeing the eagles over the Delaware River when you take the nerve racking road around the Eagle's Net.

  6. The Cardinal - the red color is so pretty.
    Karen T.

  7. I like robins, sparrows, budgies and parrots.

  8. I adore bird watching. My favorites are woodpeckers, but I adore the cardinal.

  9. Finches. They are so little, have pretty colors & make cute noises.

  10. I've always enjoyed seeing Cardinals flitting around - tho crows can be quite entertaining.

  11. I love them all - I have a feeder and get quite a collection.

  12. Eurasian jay bird. Easily recognisable by its screech.

  13. Herons and cardinals for me.

  14. Parrots or any of those colorful exotic birds.

  15. Blue jays , humming birds

  16. I love seeing brightly colored birds, especially wild ones.

  17. I enjoy watching the beautiful red cardinals in our backyard.

  18. My adopted hometown, Austin, Texas, has a colony of 'feral' Quakers that formed from several that escaped from their homes.

  19. I like the pretty bluebirds.
    Karen T.