Books of Fiction about Maui

Books of Fiction about Maui you may want to read before or after visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui.

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Hawaii: A Novel, by James Michener





HAWAII: A Novel

By James Michener

Michener's 'Hawaii' may be the most famous book of fiction about Hawaii.

This book is a fictionalized history of Hawaii.

First are 17 pages of geology, and then the Polynesian settlers get 100 pages.

Forward a thousand years and the first Christian missionaries from the east coast arrive on Maui and settle in Lahaina where the Hawaiian royalty lived at that time.

Then came the Chinese, then leprosy.

Next the Japanese, and Pearl Harbor.

Finally, modern man emerges as a mix of all these races, with Aloha spirit.

Each section follows one or two families who intermix with those already established and intermarry and have children.

[Adapted from a review on Amazon.com]

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Michener's book 'Hawaii' covers the history of Maui and the other Hawaiian islands.

The books below focus on Maui.

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MAUI WHISPERS by Rick Olson

'Maui Whispers' -- Discover today's Maui in this novel packed with colorful characters. The story reflects Olson's love for his beautiful island home.

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Maui Whispers, by Rick Olson




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HERE TODAY, GONE TO MAUI

Chick lit -- with a bit of whodunit in with it.

I picked up this novel when I was at the bookstore the other day because I had just returned from my trip to Maui and it sounded like a fun book. Not only was the storyline unique and a fun read I also had the bonus of reliving my trip through the amazing descriptive details of Maui in this book.

For those that haven't been to Maui, you still could read this book before you go to Maui. The heroine is very likable and I could easily identify with her. The story is extremely fast paced but not too much to the point of feeling that details are missing. I read this book in one day!

[adapted from a review on Amazon.com]

Here Today, Gone To Maui, by Carol Snow





Under a Maui Moon: A Novel, by Robin Gunn






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NOVELS BY ARMINE VON TEMPSKI

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Armine von Tempski (or Tempsky)

was an American writer and one of Hawaii's noted authors

born 1892, Maui, Hawaiian Islands — died 1943

Armine Von Tempski's autobiographies and novels were based on her early life among the Hawaiian cowboys (paniolos) on the Haleakala cattle ranch atop the Haleakalâ shield volcano.

The Haleakala Ranch, which Jack London first visited in 1907, was his favourite of the Hawaiian ranches he enjoyed on several extended visits with his wife Charmian.

The young Armine, then sixteen years old, asked London to read some of her stories and give his opinion. He said that they were “clumsy, incoherent tripe” but added that “every so often there’s a streak of fire on your pages,” which encouraged her.

Her first published writing, in the early 1920s, was about efforts to restore the island of Kahoolawe after years of drought and overgrazing.

[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

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Pam's Paradise Ranch: A Story of Hawaii, by Armine Von Tempski





Hula, a Romance of Hawaii, by Armine Von Tempski





Fire: A Novel of Hawaii, by Armine Von Tempski





Hawaiian Harvest, by Armine Von Tempski





Ripe Breadfruit, by Armine Von Tempski





Bright Spurs, by Armine Von Tempski





Lava, by Armine Von Tempski





Thunder in Heaven, by Armine Von Tempski





Judy of the Islands: A Story of the South Seas, by Armine Von Tempski





Dust a Novel of Hawaii, by Armine Von Tempski






Stories of Hawaii, by Jack London





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STORIES OF HAWAII

TALES OF THE PACIFIC, By Jack London

This collection of short stories is set in the Hawaiian Islands in the early years of the 20th century. London's stories capture a time in the Hawaiian Islands after the end of the monarchy and during the early years of American annexation.

One warning for modern readers with political or racial sensitivities, though: As a man of his time, London writes with a gentle but obvious racism that reflects the common views of the era. People's characters are determined by their race, and race is often used as a shorthand stereotype to describe individuals. If seeing simple, sensual, superstitious Hawaiians, wily Asians, and rational, greedy (often heavy drinking) whites offends you, avoid this book. It's never mean-spirited, but it is pervasive.

For those of us who appreciate good stories that capture a unique time and place and who are not offended by anachronistic views on race, these stories are real gems. I think they are better than most of London's more famous stories, myself.

"You cannot escape liking the climate....And I warn you, if you have some spot dear to you on earth, not to linger here too long, else you will find this dearer." (From the story The Sheriff of Kona).

[from a review by Erik Strommen on Amazon.com]




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OTHER MAUI BOOKS


BOOKS OF PHOTOGRAPHY OF MAUI


BOOKS ON ACTIVITIES ON MAUI


BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF MAUI


BOOKS OF MYSTERIES ON MAUI


COOKBOOKS FROM MAUI


BOOKS FOR KIDS ABOUT HAWAII



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