New releases from Hawaii authors
By Elama Kanahele, Island Heritage Publishing, $8.99
Written in both the dialect of the Hawaiian language and in English, "Aloha Niihau" is a compilation of oral histories by three women from Niihau: Emalia Licayan, Virginai Nizo and Elama Kanahele. The Niihau dialect has continued from ancient times relatively unchanged. For the Niihau community, this text will help preserve the island's oral histories in their native dialect.
By Laurette Marian Edwards, Vantage Press Inc., $13.95
"The Orphan" is Laurette Marian Edwards' unsentimental, sensitive and often charming account of her personal experiences growing up as an orphan. The tale spans seven decades and several continents. Edwards was born in the mountain village of Dunsmuir, Calif., earned a B.A. in journalism and is now retired and resides in Kailua-Kona. This is her first book.