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Posted April 25, 2014
.Mahalo nui loa, Linda Ballou, for writing this glorious story. As a Hawaiian, born and raised, I loved the journey back into the days of old and the poetic way that you mixed fact, fiction, and legend. Wai-nani is a truly beautiful story, written with lush language that emotes the aloha of my people, while bringing our ancient culture and mysticism to life. Thank you so much for the careful research and the passion that you so clearly feel for Hawaii.
Posted for Tori Eldridge author of Empowered Living
Posted January 8, 2013
This is a beautifully written book. It was a gift, so a nice surprise. I love getting to read something that I never would have picked up on my own. Linda Ballou brings to life this magical tale of Wai-nani who finds pleasure and courage in the sea. We experience the Hawaiian society through her as it existed in 1779. I previously had no knowledge of Hawaiian culture or history.
I loved the story of Wai-nani's bond and friendship with Eku the dolphin. I have always wanted to swim with the dolphins, and I could imagine what a powerful experience that was. I definitely recommend picking up this delightful book!
Posted February 21, 2010
I look forward to reading books that both teach me and also take me on a vacation. Linda Ballou's thoroughly researched book, Wai-Nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii did both. I felt like I had just stepped off a boat onto the shores of Hawaii in the mid-eighteenth century.
The book chronicles the history of a young girl who fearlessly challenged the confines of women's roles in Hawaiian culture at that time. Wai-Nani, wife of warrior husband Makaha, fights a personal battle to rise to a position of leadership, to become the "Mother to the island people."
Author Linda Ballou's thoroughly researched novel shines in its detail about pre-Captain Cook Hawaiian culture. She effortlessly weaves into her narrative details of the customs, gods, war campaigns, hunting, celebrations, spirits taboos and flora and fauna of early Hawaii. The lavish colors of Hawaii literally jump off each page as she takes the reader on an inside tour of the famous islands. Reading about Wai-Nani's special relationship with the dolphins below the water is an additional treat.
Kudos to Linda Ballou for delivering vivid imagery, historical detail, emotional impact, tragedy and triumph with such sensual beauty. I have never seen Hawaii. Wai-nani makes me want to visit.
Posted December 2, 2008
WAI-NANI -- HIGH CHIEFESS OF HAWAI¿I HER EPIC JOURNEY is a beautifully written epic about a strong independent woman. It is a history lesson written with care and heart about a remarkable people during an amazing time. The Queen Ka¿ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great, inspired Wai-nani¿s character.<BR/><BR/>Linda has caught the beauty, mystery, and heart of the Hawaiian culture. I found this book both educational, and inspirational; a seductive journey through time and to a place of great majesty and history. A must read for all those who enjoy romance and history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2008
Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawai'i - Her Epic Journey: Linda Ballou has created a well-researched historically-based story that sends a reader back to the 1700's to the days of early British explorers, and the era of Hawaiian war lords. In the middle of it all is a touching, though frustrating and often-frightful love story surrounding Wai-nani. You will swim with Wai-nani, as she makes friends and communes with the dolphins, and you will go "water-sliding" with Hawaiian surfers. A wonderful escape to the past¿to ocean, jungle and volcanoes, a great adventure! This one is destined to win many awards, in my opinion. (This review was written by ZooDoc, international award winning author of "War Star Rising! The Legend of Toucan Moon.")Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2008
This is an enlightening and engaging tale especially for many of us not versed in Hawaiian history, lore and culture. Most people today visit the Hawaiian islands solely with thoughts of a tropical paradise retreat and a happy, benign indigenous people. Linda's depiction of the life of the cheifess Wa-nani shows just how much more complex a people they were and still are. You not only swim with dolphins, trek through forests and lava beds but experience Wa-nini's brave struggle with the extreme violence and superstition she endures in a male dominated society equal to any in the Western world. This is a must read for history buffs and adventure seekers alike!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 20, 2008
Wai-Nani is like no other book I have ever read. Linda Ballou is a master of language, pulling the reader in and evoking emotions hidden deep within. Passionate and primal, Wai-Nani transports you to the early days of Hawaii, where warriors ruled and women werer expected to know their place. Ms. Ballou's imagery is breathtaking. Wai-Nani refuses to be bound by the shakles of society and follows her heart--finding a destiny beyond her wildest dreams. Follow her--no, join her--on this incredible journey.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2008
'I recently read this book and cannot say enough about it. Linda has captured the beauty of Hawai'i and the ancient lore and legend that makes Hawai'ian history so enchanting. Her main character, Wai-nani, is fourteen when the story begins, and we follow her as she becomes the first wife of the soon-to-be high chief of Hawai'i. (based upon Kamehameha the Great) Her gift is in the water, swimming with the porpoises, befriending them as she catches a fin and flies through the waves with them. Using her instincts and wisdom, Wai-nani remains her husband's most trusted advisor throughout his life, while he wrestles with change and the arrival of the white Christian men who bring both the positive ideas and the decadence of the new world. I highly recommend this beautiful historical novel. Denise Cassino, Senior Editor at Long Story Short- E-zineWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2008
Wan-nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii: Her Epic Journey is a novel of awesome beauty and power. It is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Linda Ballou¿s powerful storytelling talents, her understanding of human nature, and her knowledge of Hawaii folklore, take us on an amazing journey into Hawaii¿s ancient past as she re-creates island life as it truly might have been. Wan-nani is a great summer read. Kudos to Ballou on her first novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2011
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