The Last Aloha

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In 1886, following the tragic deaths of her father and her fiancé, Laura Jennings, now alone in the world, travels to Hawaii to live with missionary relatives. Laura imagines she'll live in a grass hut and minister to savages, but, on arriving in Honolulu, she's surprised to find that, far from being savages, the Hawaiians have developed a sophisticated and prosperous kingdom-and Laura's family is among the wealthy elite plotting to overthrow the monarchy. To avoid her conniving uncle's control, Laura goes to ...
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In 1886, following the tragic deaths of her father and her fiancé, Laura Jennings, now alone in the world, travels to Hawaii to live with missionary relatives. Laura imagines she'll live in a grass hut and minister to savages, but, on arriving in Honolulu, she's surprised to find that, far from being savages, the Hawaiians have developed a sophisticated and prosperous kingdom-and Laura's family is among the wealthy elite plotting to overthrow the monarchy. To avoid her conniving uncle's control, Laura goes to work for the royal family. Hawaii's last queen, Lili'uokalani, struggles to save the kingdom. As the Missionary Party's opposition intensifies, the queen's efforts reveal a power that can restore the spirit of a people caught up in a turbulent, changing world, and Laura discovers how her own family's long-hidden secrets can lead the way to reconciliation.
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Jim Cox
A riveting story of the glory of the Hawaiian kingdom, The Last Aloha is a top pick that should not be overlooked.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935448006
  • Publisher: Lost Coast Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 225,926
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaellen Quinn has a master's degree in International and Community Development, and a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Chinese. She was development director of the Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon (ADCAM), vice president of both Network Action Company and Central Technologies, Inc., and operations and marketing director for the California Wellness Plan. Through her affiliation with the Mona Foundation, Ms. Quinn works as a consultant to economic development projects in such far-flung parts of the world as Brazil, Cambodia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Panama, Tanzania, and Austin, Texas. Her writing reflects her passion for diverse peoples, as well as for global themes that affect our personal, social, and spiritual lives. Gaellen Quinn has two daughters, and lives in Moloka'i.
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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Great Read for Visitors to Hawaii

    I read The Last Aloha prior to a recent trip to Hawaii. It was a great way to refresh my memory of Hawaiian history through a touching story of a young woman coming to Hawaii long before statehood, in the last throes of the Hawaiian monarchy. I recommend it to all mainland visitors whether it's your first or 50th visit.

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