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  The Kauai Made Products seal is awarded to products unique to Kauai, using Kauai products and made on the island. Kauai born and raised, Bill Fernandez writes memoirs and novels set in the islands and featuring native Hawaiian heroes while sitting in the house his mother bought with her pineapple cannery earnings in the 1920s. 

Bill's novels feature young Hawaiian men trying to cope with the challenges from Western religion and capitalism. Heavily researched, the reader understands the complex history of the islands after reading his novels. Many know Michener's book: Hawaii, which was written in an era when historical materials in the Hawaiian language were not available nor were many of the out-of-print sources. Unique to Bill's writings are the point of view from a native Hawaiian.

The most recent novels, Splintered Paddle and Conquest, are set in the tumultuous years in the late 18th c. when Kamehameha the Great began fighting island chiefs to unite the islands. Kalani Tana is the reluctant hero, sent to train as a warrior to keep his mother and sisters safe from slavery, who learns how to use Western guns, is repulsed by human sacrifice, treachery, and is rewarded with farmland when made a "black land chief". But domestic bliss ends with a firey attack. His hunt for the secret killers leads to Captain Vancouver, spying for Kamehameha, and the battle of Nuuanu at an Oahu cliff's edge. The author makes good use of his hobby, historic military battles.

 

   


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