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Sunday, July 15, 2001


Hula Heaven: The Queen's Album

Isle Pages


New releases from Hawaii authors

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame

Hula Heaven: The Queen's Album
by Mark A. Blackburn (Schiffer, $19.95)

From prolific author and antiquities dealer Blackburn comes another picture book in the usual Schiffer style -- well-printed pictures with little annotation and lots of extraneous material to fluff it up, in this case beautiful pictures of lei decorating the pages, none of which are identified. The pictures in this volume, however, have a poignant history. They come from private photo albums of Queen Liliuokalani, and as such show not only a slice of Hawaiian life in the 1880s and '90s, but the sort of image that the Deposed Queen liked to linger over. Few show the modern world, and most are scenes out of Hawaii's prehistoric past. Some show luaus and musicians, but the majority are of winsome native women, nude or partially covered with flowers, mostly in women-only groups. Images of men are almost non-existent.


Hawaii Bestsellers

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during last month. Figures are courtesy of the Hawaii Book Publishers Association and Bookline distributors, and reflect sales by Hawaii-based publishers. Numbers in parentheses indicate a title's previous ranking.


1. "Hawaiian Flowers Cut-out Paper Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (2)
2. "Limu - The Blue Turtle," Kimo Armitage, Island Heritage (3)
3. "Hawaiian Marine Life Color & Activity Book," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (1)
4. "Humu, The Little Fish Who Wished Away His Colors," Kimberly Jackson, Island Heritage (6)
5. "Hide and Seek in Hawaii," Jane Hopkis & Ian Gillespie, Mutual Publishing (5)
6. "Goodnight Gecko," Gill McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (10)
7. "Keiki Hula Sticker Paper Doll Book," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (7)
8. "Baby Honu's Incredible Journey," Tammy Yee, Island Heritage (9)
9. "Baby Honu Saves The Day," Tammy Yee, Island Heritage
10. "Hide and Seek in Hawaii 2, " Jane Hopkis & Ian Gillespie, Mutual (4)


1. "Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, 3rd Edition," Andrew Doughty and Harriet Friedman, Wizard Publications
2. "From Fishponds to Warship: Pearl Harbor," Alan Seiden, Mutual (1)
3. "Pearl Harbor in the Movies," Ed Rampell & Luis Reyes, Mutual (2)
4. "Maui," Douglas Peebles and Jan TenBruggencate, Mutual
5. "Pidgin To Da Max," Douglas Simonson, Bess Press
6. "Hawaii's Best Mochi Recipes," Jean Watanabe Hee, Mutual (7)
7. "Scenic Viewbook - Oahu," Kenny Williams, Island Heritage
8. "Maui on My Mind," Rita Ariyoshi, Mutual
9. "Reflections of Kauai," Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Island Heritage
10. "Ohana Style Cookbook," St. Francis Medical Center, Island Heritage (10)


1. "New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary," Mary Kawena Pukui et al., UH Press (2)
2. "Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian," Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert, UH Press (9)
3. "Hawaiian Journey," Joseph Mullins, Mutual (3)
4. "Hawaii Land of Volcanoes," Jan TenBruggencate, Mutual (5)
5. "All About Hawaiian," Albert J. Schutz, UH Press (10)
6. "Plants in Hawaiian Medicine," Beatrice Krauss, Bess Press (1)
7. "Hawaiian Names, English Names," Eileen Root, Press Pacifica
8. "Waikiki Yesteryear," Glen Grant, Mutual
9. "Glen Grant's Chicken Skin Tales," Glen Grant, Mutual (4)
10. "Six Months in the Sandwich Islands," Isabella Bird, Mutual


1. "Hawaii's Story," Lydia Liliuokalani, Mutual (5)
2. "Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was," Scott Stone, Island Heritage (2)
3. "Red Sun: The Invasion of Hawaii After Pearl Harbor," Richard Ziegler and Patrick M. Patterson, Bess Press (1)
4. "Legends & Myths Of Hawaii," David Kalakaua, Mutual
5. "Mark Twain In Hawaii," Mark Twain, Mutual (4)
6. "Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands," Gavan Daws, UH Press
7. "Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual (9)
8. "The Tattoo," Chris McKinney, Mutual (3)
9. "Hawaiian Folk Tales," Thomas G. Thrum, Mutual
10. "Hawaiian Historical Legends," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual


1. "Pocket Guide To Hawaii's Flowers," Leland Miyano, Mutual (7)
2. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Birds," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual (5)
3. "How to Play the Hawaiian Ukulele," UH Lab School, Mutual (10)
4. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Underwater Paradise," John Hoover, Mutual
5. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Trees and Shrubs," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual (6)
6. "Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns Vol. I ," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual (9)
7. "Things Hawaiian - Guide To Hawaiian Language," forigami Albert Schutz, Island Heritage
8. "Hawaii's Fishes," John Hoover, Mutual (8)
9. "Handy Hawaiian Dictionary," John F. G. Stokes, Mary Kawena Pukui, Henry P. Judd, Mutual
10. "Hawaii's Birds," Hawaii Audobon Society, Island Heritage

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