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I am very excited to announce that Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawai'i is now available on Audible .So many friends have told me they don't have time to read, but that they love audio books. Christine Padovan, an award winning narrator on Audible.com, has done a superlative job capturing the nuances and poetry of the Hawaiian language in the telling of Wai-nani's story.
Wai-nani transports you into the wild heart old Hawai’i when Captain Cook stepped upon the shores of Kealakekua Bay in 1779. In the writing I tried to capture the romance of the time by weaving legends and myths, fabled history, and an evocative love story into a poetic rendering of the “People of Old.” Lavish images of the Islands splash the page as you tread inside the mysterious Polynesian culture. Hawai’i’s story is told through the eyes of Wai-nani, a fiercely passionate, free-spirited woman.
One of the challenges in writing this book was that I could not use any modern words that would snap the reader out of old Hawai'i and back into the 21st. Century. Christine uses classical Hawaiian pronunciations of Hawaiian words in her effort to be true to the time. I am thrilled with the outcome and hope you will take this seductive journey into the past that spans the most dynamic period in Hawaiian history.