One of the favorite books of old Hawaii, Born in Paradise is the first volume of the autobigraphy of Maui native Armine von Tempski. Throughout her youth, hers was a world of green pastures and roving herds, of hoofs and spurs and laughter. With great zest and charm, von Tempski vividly depicts the lavish and wild pattern of island life in the early years of the twentieth century. It is this breathtaking world which leaps into dazzling reality in the magic pages of her own life story.
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Born in Paradise April 5, 2003 If you are a lover of all things Hawaii, know that this book is for you. Although this autobiography was written by a European after our dubious disturbance in these islands, Armine captures the feel, the smell, the magic, and the beauty of Hawaii in the early 1900s. Raised by a father with a great sense of adventure and love of his daughter and Hawaii, Armine lives a charmed existence and details it beautifully for us to escape to. If you have been to Maui, you will particularly love to read it with a map or memories in hand, to even better picture what she paints on the canvas of her book.
If you love Hawaii, and particularly, you love the magical, mystical way it was, this is a great first step back in time. Though it is after the Europeans began to provide their own impact, it is set early enough to give a real smell, feel and look at what early 1900 Hawaii life was like for a European family in Maui. This autobiography tells the early life of a young girl, who, blessedly, is raised by a father of vision and equality, who loves Hawaii and his daughter dearly. It is filled with Aloha and Kaumaha.