Five Maui Must-Reads - Part 2

Forging Paradise in Maui
How It Came to Be by Will Kyselka and Ray Lanterman

Kyselka and Lanterman's Maui: How It Came to Be depicts the making of Maui from the abyssal depths of the sea and ages to today's geological profile of the crest of Haleakala at sunrise. To anyone curious about the appearance of islands two thousand miles from anywhere else on the planet, the authors offer an engrossingly readable account of earth, sea, and sky joining forces to produce paradise from seaside to silversword. They describe emergence, the moment that a shield volcano rises steaming from the sea in a burning, lightning-scored eruption to eventually tower 10,023 feet above the waves. They provide numerous illustrations, even one of Maui Nui, the Ice Age island comprised of the islands we know today as Maui, Kahoolawe, Molokai, and Lanai. In a tour that encompasses the entire coast and then climbs to the peak, the authors present the geology, history, and ecology of every feature of Maui.

Local Talk
Folks You Meet in Long's and Other Stories by Lee Cataluna

In our islands, the well-stocked shelves of Long's Drugstore are a convenient place to pleasantly meet friends, family, and even foes. They also provide the perfect backdrop for the native rainbow of voices presented in Folks You Meet in Long's, by Maui-born Lee Cataluna. With her exact and exquisite ear, Cataluna artfully captures the astonishing variety of personality, perspective, and personal history in local lives through the distinctive voices of resident speakers. Meet Crazy Aunt Cooky, who advises choosing a lover by how he cuts packing tape. Meet Eddie Garcia, who tells the nasty little secret most men hide even from themselves. Meet Grampa Joji, who casually reveals the true benefits of hard work. Wander the aisles of this gallery of people "talking story" in the islands. These local portraits exemplify the high quality of an often-overlooked island art, our literature. Available at Long's.

The Dark Side of Paradise
Rivers of the Sun by Michael McPherson

Long-time Maui resident Michael McPherson recalls in his novel Rivers of the Sun why grit is a synonym for sand. Grit is both a measure of character and the shifting mass of rough-edged rock and coral bits that drifts to beaches, and the story of Mel, Alvin, and Curly is gritty, revealing the dark side of paradise through local eyes. Fierce friendships and fights erupt in a sunny underworld of drugs, guns, and coral diving, for in the 60's, times are a-changing on Maui. Mel muses, "This place has a spirit that's hard to kill," but the people are not as durable. Incoming wealth makes trouble as easy to score as a good wave. Our local boys joke, surf, and scheme themselves into deep water as a place they love fades beneath the tide of change, and the islands are packaged as a myth no one who lives here can afford.

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