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Grapes of Canaan:
Hawaii 1820
The True Story of Hawaii's Missionaries

Albertine Loomis

"A beautifully written historical and autobiographical record of earliest missionary achievements in the Hawaiian Islands. absorbing interest for all Americans who would know the exotic Pacific frontier of America."
Christian Herald

"Miss Loomis proves to be an excellent stortyteller as her style of writing is concise and vigorous."
Honolulu Advertiser

Grapes of Canaan is a documentary novel about the first print shop between the Rockies and Asia in the 1820's. The printers were among a group of missionaries who travelled from New England to Hawaii to convert the natives to the Christian faith. Albertine Loomis, great-granddaughter of printer-religionists Elisha and Maria Loomis has told the story of her ancestors and the early years of their life in the Islands. To read Grapes of Canaan is to begin an understanding of how present day Hawaii came to be.

334 + xvi pages, 5 x 8. Reprint of first edition published in 1857.

Paper $19.95 ISBN 1-881987-12-4
Ka Iwi: Survival of a Coast

Albert Benedict

Ka Iwi is an often-viewed, often-threatened, yet largely undiscovered stretch of natural coast on Oahu, minutes from Honolulu. Albert Benedict "sees it new" so that even longtime residents of the island, including photographers, look at his pictures and say "where is this?" In Ka Iwi, Survival of a Coast, he combines the precision of black and white photography with his unusual eye to reveal the region's spare and timeless beauty. Prose contributions by Jean King, Carol Silva, and Sue Cowing add cultural and historical context to the images in this collection.

64 pages, 11 x 10 1/4.

Paper $25. ISBN 1-881987-15-9

Hawaiian Mystery Series by Mark Brown


Game Face

"An exciting and entertaining mystery."


Ben McMillen, part Hawaiian, part haole, had resigned from the Kona police force. But Ben is called back to help when his ex-partner's wife is raped and murdered. As he investigates the homicide, another takes place, and Kona is suddenly terrorized by a serial killer.

304 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. First in series.

Cloth $19.95 ISBN 0-918024-92-7

"The unique geological and cultural ethos of the Hawaiian islands permeates this second Ben McMillen mystery...solid cohesive tale."
Library Journal

Fifty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor Ben McMillan's life is threatened as he tries to identify the body of a WWII spy. What he finds is an amazing act of heroism from the days before the bombing.

256, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Second in series.

Cloth $19.95 ISBN 0-918024-93-5



The Puna Kahuna

"Brown takes a big chance blending myth and religion with modern-day elements in his suspenseful tale; he succeeds admirably."

Publishers Weekly

This mystery involves the clash of traditional Hawaiian culture and the new technology of geothermal energy. Has one of the anti-drilling activists committed murder, or is it a frame up? And what other secrets are buried in the Puna rain forest?

296 pages, 6 x 9. Third in series.

Cloth $19.95 ISBN 1-881987-02-7

Complete Works of Armine von Tempski

Maui writer Armine von Tempski, who died almost ahalf-century ago, is one of Hawaii's enduring literary legends. She spent her childhood years on the family ranch in Haleakala with her Polish-American father and English mother. Her books reveal the daily life and customs on Hawaii with a colorful prose that captures the beauty of the spectacular tropics.

Autobiographies, Maui, TheBig Island, Kaho'olawe, Popular Young Adult Titles


The sequel to her book Born in Paradise, Aloha brings the reader the tender saga of von Tempski's struggles with the challenges of launching her literary career, dealing with the death of her adored father, and providing a
livelihood for her younger brother and

235 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published in 1946.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-59-5

Cloth $27.50 ISBN 0-918024-63-3
Born in Paradise

One of the favorite books of old Hawaii, Born in Paradise is the first volume of the autobiography of Maui native Armine von Tempski. Von Tempski vividly depicts the lavish and wild pattern of island life in the early
years of the twentieth century.

342 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published in 1940.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-34-X

Cloth $27.50 ISBN 0-918024-65-X

Bright Spurs

Von Tempski has created Bright Spurs from her autobiography, Aloha, changing the writing and age of the characters to suit younger readers. After the death of their father, two young women earn a living by turning their gracious Hawaiian estate into a dude ranchfor tourists. Paul Brown illustrates this story of independence, courage, and love for horses.

293 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition
published 1946.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-95-1

Dust is the tale of a dedicated youth who attempts to reconstruct the island of Kaho'olawe. Saxon Kingsley, von Tempski's hero, battles with opium runners and fights his own mysterious past to forge a new world, a "world he created out of dust."

333 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1928.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-87-0

Cloth $20. ISBN 0-918024-86-2


Fire is a romance of Hawaii, "a magic forged by nature, soul-shaking and superb, a mighty brewing of soil and sea and air." Alma falls in love and must struggle with leaving her family and the life she has always known for the man she wants to marry, a Hawaiian cowboy.

352 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1929.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-99-4
Hawaiian Harvest

Hawaiian Harvest is von Tempski's fictional account of the beginnings of the pineapple industry on Maui. Arriving home from World War I, a young man finds that his brother has turned over control of the family's cattle ranch to an unscrupulous pineapple grower. This story details the struggle of the two brothers against each other, and against the forces of good and evil.

337 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1933.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-72-2

Cloth $20. ISBN 0-918024-73-0


The first novel by von Tempski, a romance of Hawaii in the early 1900's, has the magnificent vistas of Hana as its setting. Descriptions of the gracious life style of those years are spiced with a tempestuous love story. The enchanting loveliness and grandeur of the islands and von Tempski's zest of writing make Hula superlative reading entertainment.

368 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1927.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-60-9

Cloth $20. ISBN 0-918024-64-1
Judy of the Islands

Judy and her mother are traveling to Australia on a Pacific oceanliner when an explosion separates them. Captain Bill rescues Judy after four days at sea, and she becomes enchanted with life on the Pacific atolls. Von Tempski gives an accurate and colorful description of the customs and everyday life in the South Seas.

287 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1941.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-97-8


Lava is the story of an island paradise suddenly tortured by a terrific earthquake and volcanic eruption. A young man, aimlessly travels the world, stops in Hawaii, and is rudely shaken out of his role as a mere spectator by the devastating eruption, which destroys the farm of a girl he has learned to love.

368 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1942.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-89-7

Cloth $20. ISBN 0-918024-88-9
Pam's Paradise Ranch

Young readers will enjoy this exciting tale of life on a huge cattle ranch in the Hawaiian islands. Von Tempski brings her own experience of Hawaiian living and horsemanship to this well-crafted novel. Pam's Paradise Ranch is an engaging story of escapades of young people, filled with realistic illustrations and a wealth of information on the Hawaiian islands.

341 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1940.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-96-X

Ripe Breadfruit

Von Tempski takes us to the Hawaiian estate of Lani-o-akua where strange mystical powers shape the lives of a family Patricia Trevellyan ruined the life of one man, denied her son his heritage, and tries to shape the life of her daughter, Lynette, to her own ends. But Lynette is determined to work out her own destiny, and struggles to become her own person.

384 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Reprint of first edition published 1935.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-98-6
Thunder in Heaven

Written against the colorful background of Kona, Thunder in Heaven contains the essence of the island people themselves: warm-hearted, loving, carefree, and at the same time capable of feeling and enduring the deepest griefs with a simple faith.

368 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
Reprint of first edition published 1942.

Paper $14.95 ISBN 0-918024-74-9

Cloth $20. ISBN 0-918024-75-7

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