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This blog is to share with you some of the highlights of my visits to Hawaii and miscellaneous Hawaiiana. Hawai'i has had a great impact on my life. To see more on why I keep this blog, see: The Impact of Hawai'i in My Life.

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Excerpt from The Lost Legends of Kanaloa

An Excerpt from Chapter One:

“Grandpa?” Temaru asked as he knocked on the door of his grandfather’s small hut...
“What is it, my boy?” 
“I’ve been out exploring the island again,” Temaru explained. “I finally found something new I haven’t seen before. I wondered if you knew about it.”
“I’m sure I do,” Herenui replied. “What did you find? Another sea cave, a waterfall?”
“No. Something interesting in a grove of plumeria trees.”
Herenui’s eyes widened as he sat up and looked into his grandson’s face. “So, you have been to the grove of Plumerias and Ferns, the Meliaʻaʻtuptupu, have you?
“Yeah, that grove near the marae of Taʻaroa-tapu you have taken me to. But we have never gone inside the grove before. Guess what I found in there?”
“Hmmm, let me guess,” Herenui proceeded carefully. “A lot of ferns, old branches and a big flat rock?”
“Yes…” Temaru responded, waiting for more.
“And you found the old Kanaloa Tiki, laying on its side, near the rock, under several branches. Not many well preserved tiki left around here. Yes, that is a great thing to find.”
“Yes, and…” Temaru paused. “So, you must have been there, or how would you know that it was laying on its side, underneath branches?”
“Because I laid it there and covered it up several years ago, to hide it from the curious and untrustworthy people raiding rocks from the marae. There are many here who don’t understand their heritage and have lost respect for the kapu, those things considered sacred.”
“Yes, Grandpa, it was great to find this old tiki. But that’s not the most exciting part. Come out on the porch, Grandpa. Come see what I found.”

Normally fairly slow in getting up and moving around, Herenui now displayed an unusual amount of agility. No, he couldn’t have. Or did he? Herenui wondered.

To find out what Temaru found, read the book Huaka'i: The Lost Legends of Kanaloa, available in Kindle or paperback formats at Amazon.com.


Coming Soon! The Lost Legends of Kanaloa

The Lost Legends of Kanaloa

by Ken R. Young

Danny Kanaloa was not raised to be Hawaiian, but has recently discovered deep connections with his Hawaiian family and heritage (see the book My Huaka’i: A Hawaiian Journey). After having moved his small family to the island of Kaua’i, he develops a desire to better understand the background to his Hawaiian last name of Kanaloa.

A journey of discovery into Hawaiian culture and legends takes Danny on a huaka’i to the Big Island of Hawai'i, and then across the ocean to the Tahitian islands of Raivavae and Raiatea, the ancient homelands of the Hawaiian people. Exploring the origins of the legendary god Kanaloa, he discovers lost records containing several forgotten legends. The story of Danny’s journey is interwoven with the legends, traditions, and historical events of Hawai’i and Tahiti.

Maps of the Story Locations:

The book will be available soon on Amazon as a Kindle file and in paperback.