Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i

Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i

by Linda Ballou


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This is the story of Wai-nani, the favorite wife of the warrior- chief destined to unite the Hawaiian Islands. Wai-nani defied the death-dealing priests and challenged the role of women. Willful and passionate, she questioned kapu; the strict laws governing all Polynesians for centuries. Believed to be handed down directly from the gods the kapu system called for human sacrifice, a slave class and limiting roles for women.

Through her eyes we feel present in the lives of early Hawaiian royals and learn the secrets of the mysterious Polynesian culture. We see firsthand the impact of the Hawaiians first contact with the white man when Captain Cook sets foot on the shores of Kealakekua Bay in 1779. In the arms of the vibrant sea, Wai-nani would swim for hours with her dolphin family finding solace, joy, strength and clarity that would challenge and alter the Islands' history forever. Wai-nani takes you on a seductive journey casting a spell that transports you back to the heart and soul of old Hawaii.

Wai-nani is a truly beautiful story, written with lush language that emotes the warm aloha of my people, while bringing our ancient culture and mysticism to life. Tori Eldridge, Author

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737925330
Publisher: Linda Ballou
Publication date: 12/09/2021
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 381,586
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

A love triangle of extremes has proven to be a solid base for Linda's writing. From her roots in Alaska, she received strength, centeredness, and respect for the awful power of nature that carried her forward into an adventure travel writing career. Embrace of the Wild her historical novel inspired by the life of Isabella Bird speaks of her belief that nature can be our salvation. Her travel memoir Lost Angel Walkabout is an armchair traveler's delight that takes you from Alaska to New Zealand. In Hawai'i she discovered the heroine for her historical fantasy novel Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawaii. The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon an action-adventure, new-adult novel is set in California where Linda resides. Lost Angel in Paradise takes readers to her favorite day trips on the Coast of California.

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