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Wai-nani recieves wonderful review
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Lloyd Lofthouse, author of historical novel My Splendid Concubine gives Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii a thoughtful, insigtful review
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Sunday, July 05, 2009
Wai-nani


Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawai’i
- Her Epic Journey
by Linda Ballou
(Star Publish / 1-932-99388-6 / 978-1-932-99388-2 / May 2008 / 280 pages / $17.95 / Amazon $15.80)
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse for PODBRAM

I met Linda Ballou at the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Festival. Later, in an e-mail, she told me it took her twenty years to do the research for this historical fiction and to get it out of the drawer and into the streets. The time Ballou spent on this work shows in the rich details that flow like lava from two of the earth’s largest volcanoes found on the island of Hawaii.

Wai-nani is rich with ancient Hawaiian culture and lore. The main character may be fictional but she is a reflection of Ka’ahumanu, King Kamehameha’s favorite wife, at one time the most powerful person in the Hawaiian Islands.

Today, the Hawaiian Islands may be an incredible tourist destination, but in the 18th century, they weren’t. When the islands were more or less isolated from the rest of the world, the Hawaiian people were often at war with each other and women were second-class citizens who could be executed for daring to eat a meal on the same mat or in the same room as a man. Men could take more than one wife and the rules were strict with death often being the punishment for breaking them. Ka’ahumanu, as represented by Wai-nani in Ballou’s novel, was an early feminist and helped bring about changes that elevated women to be equal with men.

Do not be surprised when you find Wai-nani making friends with a family of dolphins. Some readers may have trouble believing this part of the novel, but I didn’t. Before Christ, the Greeks recorded incidents of dolphins helping and befriending sailors lost at sea when their ships sunk. There are recorded incidents of dolphins still doing this in modern times. There have been stories of dolphins driving fish onto beaches to help feed starving African natives. Therefore, it was easy reading about Wai-nani swimming with her dolphin friends in the ocean.

Wai-nani also chronicles the clash between cultures when Captain Cook arrives in 1779, along with the same European diseases that devastated and killed so many North and South American Indians. When Europeans started to spread across the globe, their viruses and germs went with them and did most of the killing, making it easier for the land grabs that happened later. That tragedy is part of this story, too.

The Hawaiian culture, the characters and the setting are richly detailed. I have never visited Hawaii. It would be nice one day if I had that chance, but if that doesn’t happen, at least I have had the pleasure of being taken to this Polynesian paradise by reading this heavily detailed story.

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More Blogs by Linda Ballou
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• Around the World Travel - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
• A Cruise I couldn't refuse. - Thursday, January 10, 2013
• Let Me Take you on an "Un-Cruise." - Monday, December 17, 2012
• A Night in Old Hawai'i - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Spotlight on Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, September 10, 2012
• Last Chance for Romance in the West - Sunday, August 05, 2012
• Serious and Trashy Summer Reads - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout is a Winner!! - Monday, May 28, 2012
• How to Make Travel Writing Work for You! - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• Seeing the World with New Eyes - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• The Boldest Woman in Old Hawai'i - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Sacred Historical sites Hawai'i - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Save the Skin your In - Monday, February 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout in the Top Ten 2011 - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Why do Writers Write - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Lost Angel Found by Dick Jordan - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Let me toot Jay's Horne - Thursday, September 01, 2011
• Rafting the Grandest Canyon of All - Thursday, July 14, 2011
• Gathering Roads speaks with Linda Ballou - Thursday, July 07, 2011
• 5/10/2011 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
• Fiesty Tales from a Brilliant Storyteller - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
• Great Outdoor Days in L.A. - Monday, April 18, 2011
• No Place Like Home - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Featured author in Travel World Magazine - Monday, March 28, 2011
• Lost Angel Walkabout Brings Home the Bronze - Sunday, March 20, 2011
• Lost Angel has a conversation with Yolanda Renee - Saturday, February 19, 2011
• Secrets to travel writing revealed - Thursday, February 17, 2011
• Alcorn gives Lost Angel Thumbs Up - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• Adventure Travel Expert for NABBW - Monday, January 24, 2011
• Top Travel Writing for 2010 - Monday, January 03, 2011
• Kudos for Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, December 20, 2010
• Jack London and Me - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• One Writer's Journey Interviews Linda Ballou - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Review: Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Holiday Book Give Away - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Great Outdoor Day in L.A.-Sandstone Peak - Thursday, November 04, 2010
• Lost Angel takes a tumble - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• Lessons learned at the Book Passage Conference - Friday, August 20, 2010
• Running in Good Company - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• AB FAB Review of Lost Angel Walkabout - Friday, July 16, 2010
• Praise for Lost Angel Walkabout - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
• Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales has arrived!!!!!! - Sunday, May 23, 2010
• Happy Earth Day Mom - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Happy Birthday Water Babby - Sunday, March 14, 2010
• Discounts to Book Clubs - Thursday, March 04, 2010
• Do You Feel Lucky - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• Mystical Moloka'i - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Spirited gift selections - Tuesday, December 01, 2009
• Feel Good Story - Monday, November 16, 2009
• Swim with Dolphin lady - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Spread the "Good News." - Thursday, October 01, 2009
• Secret to Youth Revealed - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Talk at Distant Lands Travel Store - Saturday, September 12, 2009
• Conversation with Yolanda Renee - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
• Sometimes you get what you need - Sunday, August 30, 2009
• Wai-nani-A New Voice from Old Hawaii on Kindle - Thursday, August 13, 2009
• Water Lomi Anyone - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
• You Can Afford to go to the Islands - Sunday, July 26, 2009
• Remembering Moloka'i - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
• Best Deal on the Big Island - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
•  Wai-nani recieves wonderful review - Tuesday, July 07, 2009  
• Hawaii Bound - Thursday, June 18, 2009
• Linda Interviewed by Newoka on Web Mistress Radio - Thursday, May 14, 2009
• FENG SHUI GHOST-BUSTER CONFESSES TO $13,680 AND 1.3 MILLION! - Monday, May 11, 2009
• Los Angeles Times 2009 Book Festival - Wednesday, May 06, 2009
• Promo Day - An Event For People in the Writing Industry - Thursday, April 30, 2009
• Keeping Ancient Hula Tradition Alive - Monday, April 27, 2009
• Linda And Wai-nai head for the L.A. Book Fest - Wednesday, April 01, 2009
• 2008 Literary Awards Finalist - Friday, February 27, 2009
• Meet Mary - Friday, February 13, 2009
• Heavenly Hawaii article - Thursday, January 22, 2009
• Concious Discussions Interview - Friday, November 28, 2008
• Why we love the Divine Dolphin interview - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Radio Interview - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Interview with Writers in the Sky - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Do Reading in Encino - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Book Club Classics loves Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• The Art of Having A Nervous Breakdown - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
• Los Angeles Book Festival appearance - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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