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  The Kaua'i Made Products seal is awarded to products unique to Kaua'i, using Kaua'i products and made on the island. These books are written by a Kaua'i resident, Bill Fernandez, about his life on the island, and were written sitting in the old house his mother bought with her pineapple cannery earnings.



             

                                               Each of my books was selected to participate in the Kaua'i Made Approved Products Program.

John Tana

 

 

John Tana, An Adventure Novel of Old Hawai'i

When a sugar baron kicks John Tana off his farmland on Maui in the mid-1800s, the orphan Hawaiian seventeen-year-old feels the shock of the dramatic change in land control in Hawaii, the Great Mahele. Western capitalism and religion clash with the communal lifestyle of sharing among the common people. John paddles to Lahaina to find distant relatives. Western whalers and seamen rule the town, torment him, and try to shanghai him. He meets a beautiful cousin but learns that the Western religion of Christianity forbids a romantic relationship. The sugar baron sends a man to kill him. To escape,John paddles to Oahu with the family and settles in Honolulu. There he finds life is more complicated. He meets a future king, a Hawaiian lawyer, a French girl, joins a militia, studies the martial art of lua, and discovers the truth about the young woman he loves when her locket's story is revealed. The sugar baron's hired killer ambushes him. After a dramatic fight, John knows that he must leave, and sets off once again in his canoe, heading for the island of Kaua'i to find peace. This is the first in a series of books.

Cult of Ku, a Grant Kingsley novel

When a series of cult-like murders occur in 1920 Honolulu, police suspect the hero, Grant Kingsley, son of a prominent sugar baron. Arrested for the brutal murder of his grandmother who threatened to disinherit him because of his ancestry, then released, Grant seeks the killer's identity: A note at the scene from KU promises more murders.

The search reveals the criminal underworld, the hard life of imported plantation labor and efforts to form unions, and leads to a Euro-Asian scholar who helps him find the killer. Grant meets Native Hawaiians when he surfs. As more murders of politically elite occur, with the same note from "Ku" promising more murders, Grant must solve the mystery before social pressure leads to his arrest again.

Set in a period when the overthrow of the monarchy and racism still sting, Grant searches for his own place in Honolulu society, torn by loyalty to his family and his discovery of his Hawaiian side.

Crime & Punishment in Hawaii, a Grant Kingsley novel

In 1931, Grant Kingsley and a friend are attacked by bootleggers while spearfishing. Grant Kingsley resolves to find the killers which entangles him in a federal investigation of mob influence in the islands and perhaps the navy, and leads to violence against his family.

Honolulu during 1931-32 draws national attention to two real life cases known as "The Massie Cases" when a Navy officer's wife, Thalia Massie, accuses five local minority men of raping her.

The Paradise image turns ugly as racism in the islands and continental USA surfaces. When the jury cannot reach a verdict, a violent reaction across America leads to demands for martial law in the islands. Grant Kingsley's twelve-year-old son and his "local" friends worry about the safety of the accused men and their own as well. When one of the accused men, a Hawaiian named Joseph Kahahawai, is murdered, the young men recognize there is a two-tiered society with no justice for the locals. Clarence Darrow arrives to defend the killers. 

As Grant and his family struggle with the urge for revenge on the bootleggers, the Massie trials reveal the painful conflict between rule of law and revenge. Grant wonders how he can make the future of his son and his friends better than a hard life and poverty of plantation work.

Hawai'i in War and Peace, a memoir

My high school years in Honolulu at Kamehameha Schools (1944-1949) exposed me to streets crowded with GIs and all the chaos that brings. The animosity between the GIs and locals surprised me, my school uniform and shoes irritated me. But I learned a lot about world politics, girls, and dove for coins when the Lurline arrived. Spearfishing adventures provided relief and a desire to be a fisherman. My parents had other ideas. While on a driving trip on the continent I witnessed racism which made me wonder about my place in life. Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, the South, Mexico - the insulting treatment of non-whites and Jews made me feel unsafe. I wondered if I could handle being at Stanford University. My last summer before college was filled with glorious spearfishing and hiking. I began to consider running away to Alaska. But life had other plans and I found myself trudging up Palm Drive heading to my dormitory. Within minutes, I met a man I had only read about. I had made the right decision.

Old photographs include the author, age 17, standing on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.

Kaua'i Kids in Peace and WW II,  a memoir

My first ten years on Kaua'i were barefoot and spent exploring the reefs, making kites, and surfing on an old wooden ironing board. Then in 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor changed our lives: fear of invasion, fear of internment, military rule, rationing, blackouts, and learning to use a gas mask. Pineapple picking taught me to work hard from age 13. My parents' big theater, Roxy, in Kapa'a, was a failure until 40,000 GIs landed to protect us and for jungle warfare training. I developed entrepreneurial skills as a shoeshine boy and ran errands buying cigarettes and candy for GIs. My pals and I mimicked the machine gun nest at the reef near my home by digging a hole in the sand and placing large palm tree branches for a roof. Grenades were pinecones. The islands were 40% Japanese originally imported for plantation labor who proved their loyalty to America by enlisting in the military and earning more medals for units of their numbers than any other. Part II is dedicated to them. I conclude the book when I am sent to Honolulu to attend Kamehameha Schools for children of Hawaiian ancestry. I didn't want to go.

Many old photographs

Rainbows Over Kapa'a, a memoir

My family built one of the largest movie theaters in the islands in 1939, Roxy. The small community of Kapa'a wasn't big enough to fill the 1,050 seat theater.  I introduce you to my family and their desire to succeed as half-Native Hawaiians in a plantation controlled society.  As the bank started to foreclose in 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and within a few months, the island was filled with GIs seeking entertainment. My friends and I had many adventures during those years despite the fears and stress. The story of the Roxy ends when Hurricane Iniki strikes in 1992.

Filled with old photographs.