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Elaine Olelo Masters

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Publisher:  Island Heritage Publishing, go to ISBN-10:  0896103595 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2001

A Hawaiian boy and a haole (white) boy are kidnapped by night marchers--ghosts of chieftains--and taken to a previous century. Chores and schoolwork suddenly seem appealing--but how do they get back home?

Barnes &
Island Heritage

An orphan boy, fourteen-year-old Kalani, feels he gets more than his share of chores and less of his share of attention in the big multi-racial home where he is living in Hawaii. When he runs away, his friend, John, joins him. Night marchers carry them through a lava tube from 1896 back to 1795. At first, life is fun because they arrived at festival time. But soon the games are over and the boys join others to work hard in the taro fields. John breaks a kapu (taboo) and is imprisoned. Kalani conquers his fear of the dark to rescue him before John can be sacrificed and they scramble up the mountain with warriors in hot pursuit. When at last they reach home, they decide not to tell anyone about their adventure, not even Kalani's girlfriend, the Chinese girl Ruth, because no one will believe them. Kalani and the Night Marchers is the third book in this historical fiction series. 

Currently out of print.


Kalani held the slop bucket away from his legs. "Carry it slowly," he told John. "And don't stay in step with me. We don't want it to slosh all over us."

The two boys walked a few more steps, then set the heavy bucket down to rest a moment...

John wiped his freckled face with his sleeve. "You don't believe Tutu's stories, do you?" he asked.

Kalani blushed. "I don't know, John. The way Tutu tells them, they seem like they're true. Small-kid time, she lived by one of the paths where they say the night marchers go."

Professional Reviews

Kalani and the Night Marchers
A review by Ann Sato, Honolulu Advertiser: This story has ghostly visitors, meant for middle-school readers, tells of a pair of orphaned schoolboys in 1896 Honolulu who find themselves spirited back to pre-contact Hawaii, a trip that causes them suddenly to appreciate the relatively easy life they have with the hanai family.

It's a lesson tale with a good bit of history and culture woven in. Masters uses the convention of making one of the boys, John, a relative newcomer to the islands and the other, Kalani, a Hawaiian-speaking kama'aina. Kalani serves as John's interpreter and informant--and the reader's as well.

There's a lot of information here about Hawaii history, and the multi-cultural setting will be an eye-opener to children elsewhere (and familiar to children here).

Kalani and the Night Marchers
A review by Burl Burlingame, Star-Bulletin:

This is a kind of benign time travel adventure in which two 19th Century boys, fed up with homework and chores, stmble into a Hawaiian past in which Night Marchers are real. Masters' old-fashioned storytelling zips right along, and Croci's art is sketchy and expressive.

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Reader Reviews for "Kalani and the Night Marchers"

Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 11/12/2003
The excerpt, here made me desire to read this book. No matter what age group a book is written for, when it is well written even we adults can go back and enjoy and learn.. hummmm. thinking of putting it on my xmas list for my grands
Reviewed by jerry cruz 4/4/2003
Impressive, back to the swashbukling days.

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