These stories presents scenes stretching from the dying Plantation Era to the dying veterans who walk among us.
Some stories emerge out of the rich cultural history of Japan, some from the Philippines. Some touch on the decisions of the Hawaiian Monarchy as they flow down to impact modern Hawai'i.
A children's story is told in the disappearing patois of the combined immigrant languages that, sausage like, became the lingua franca of the plantation communities.
The stories hold on to, for a little more time, the images, the language, the behavior that's come to be called "Aloha."
E komo mai
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About the Author
Mr. Parola is a retired Professor of cultural history at Indiana University and University of Michigan-Flint; the Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Koç University in Istanbul Turkey. As a former Naval Air Intelligence officer and a career researcher, Mr. Parola has trained himself to be a keen observer of his surroundings and has acquired a large cultural and social context into which those observations fit. He is a free lance writer of Business (See Honolulu Star Bulletin, July 28, 2002) and Technical (Hurricane Handbook, Sail Net News, Spring, 2003) articles. His short stories have been published in Voices from the Universe and in Bamboo Ridge Press, 25th Anniversary Edition. And the Spring 2006 edition. Mr. Parola speaks frequently to lodges, clubs and service organizations on a variety of topics.