Kona is the Hawaiian word for the leeward (dry) part of the island. It is also the name of the area on the leeward side of the The Big Island with the tourist resorts (as tourists like dry weather).
We have Kona Coffee, grown on the Kona side of the Big Island along the leeward slopes of Mauna Loa (Long Mountain).
We also have Kona Winds that blow in the opposite direction of the trade winds, bringing rain to the leeward side.
|Magnum PI episode titled KONA WINDS.|
And now we have THE KONA DOG from Ruth Zavitasanos:
Akela, THE KONA DOG, brings a smile to everyone she meets. She is sweet and caring to all those working and visiting the coffee plantation and pineapple grove.
To please her master, Akela makes her rounds on the plantation, assuring safety and offering encouragement with her gentle ways. When the plantation is threatened with closure by the banker man, Akela and her master's older son, Keoki, join forces to enlist the banker's daughter, Penny. Akela knows something makes the girl sad. If they get her to laugh and smile, perhaps they can save the plantation. But Penny isn't talking, and the plight of Akela's home doesn't look good either.
Faced with defeat and the loss of her home, Akela must use all of her bravery and instinctive abilities to bring everyone together. Can she soften their hearts in time to stop the banker man?
|World Famous Dole Plantation|
Ruth first visited SOS Aloha in June at this link, sharing doggie tales for summer vacation. I met her in person at the RWA National Convention where she shared the good news that THE KONA DOG would be released in the fall. My family and I read THE KONA DOG during our recent vacation to the Kona side of the Big Island.
I must disclose that we are a cat family .... but THE KONA DOG stole our hearts. It is a timeless story for all ages. Ruth adds authentic elements of old Hawaii for a charming adventure. This book makes a great holiday gift for families who loves dogs, Hawaii, and/or learning about other cultures. Ruth's bookshelf also includes THE OLD FORTRESS DOG (set on Corfu) and THE VILLA DOG (set in Tuscany). Ruth delivers animal characters that relate to children as they teach life's lessons.
In honor of THE KONA DOG, I am giving away the winner's choice of an Aloha treat or Hawaiian print dog bandana. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about dogs, Hawaii, and/or your favorite children's book.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, October 29, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 30.
Kim in Hawaii
THE KONA DOG is set on Maui, "The Valley Isle." The island has a lush valley between its the two volcanic mountain ranges. Maui is also home of Maui Gold - the last pineapple plantation in the US. It is kapu (forbidden) to take home any island produce except specially packaged whole pineapples from Maui Gold.
|Maui Gold Pineapples|