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Friday, November 26, 1999

Isle Pages

This listing of new books about Hawaii or by Hawaii writers is published on the last Friday of each month.

Bullet "A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands": by Dr. Phil Barnes, $9.95, 81 pages, Petroglyph Press, paperback

Barnes highlights the story of the islands from their geological birth down through the sovereignty movement of the late 1990s. The author touches upon the major personalities and events of Hawaii's past in a condensed story that includes facts about the events and people that have shaped modern life in Hawaii.

Bullet "Dear Hearts: Common Sense + Realistic Thinking (with a tickle of humor)": by Shiro "Mistah Saimin" Matsuo, $12.50 (sold at all Shiro's restaurants), 78 pages, Love Me Too Publishing, paperback.

Hawaii restaurateur Matsuo culls the wit and wisdom he has expressed in his weekly newspaper ads since 1970 for his book. Accompanying the collection of inspirational poems are a biographical sketch of the author, a sampling of the correspondence he has received regarding the poems, and some of his favorite recipes.

All profits from the sales of the the book will be donated to Hawaii charities.

Bullet "The Secret of Kualoa: A Sequel to 'The Microchip Caper' ": by Robert Graham, $4.95, 132 pages, Island Heritage , paperback

"The Secret of Kualoa" is a combination of an adventure mystery and a ghost story.

Thirteen-year-old Kai thinks he sees nightmarchers carrying torches down the side of Kualoa Mountain. He and his friends search for a burial cave in the mountains and confront the damage caused by the removal of a small statue from the cave.

Local Best Sellers


1. "Hide and Seek in Hawaii," Jane Hopkis & Ian Gillespie, Mutual Publishing
2. "Hawaiian Flowers Cut-out Paper Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage
3. "Golden Children of Hawaii Cut-Out Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage
4. "Hawaiian Marine Life Color & Activity Book," Yuko Green, Island Heritage
5. "The Shark-Man of Kapu Bay," P.J.Neri, The Bess Press
6. "Night of the Living Tiki," P. J. Neri, The Bess Press
7. "The Ghost Dog of Maka'ena Point," P.J.Neri, The Bess Press
8. "Limu -- The Blue Turtle," Kimo Armitage, Island Heritage (1)
9. "Baby Honu's Adventure," Tammy Yee, Island Heritage (3)
10. "The Curse of Pele," P.J. Neri, The Bess Press


1. "Pidgin To Da Max," Douglas Simonson, The Bess Press (5)
2. "Discover Kauai," Stu Dawrs, Island Heritage
3. "From the Skies -- Hawaii," Chris Cook, Mutual Publishing
4. "The Undersea World of Wyland," various, Time Life Books (3)
5. "From the Skies -- Kauai," Chris Cook, Mutual Publishing
6. "Discover Maui," Stu Dawrs, Island Heritage
7. "From the Skies -- Maui," Tom Stevens, Mutual Publishing
8. "From the Skies -- Oahu," Tom Stevens, Mutual Publishing
9. "Capturing Maui, Ray Mains (photographer), Mutual Publishing
10. "Discover Oahu, Stu Dawrs, Island Heritage


1. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 3," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press
2. "Hawaiian Journey," Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing
3. "New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary," Mary Kawena Pukui et al., University of Hawaii Press (3)
4. "Oahu's Hidden History", William Dorrance, Mutual Publishing
5. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 2: More True Local Spine-Tinglers," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press (2)
6. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales: True Local Spine-Tinglers," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press (4)
7. "Obake Files," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing
8. "Glen Grant's Chicken Skin Tales," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing
9. "Hawaiian Quilt: Spiritual Experience," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual Publishing
10. "Stories of Old Hawaii: Na Mo'olelo Hawai'i o ka Wa Kahiko," Roy Kakulu Alameida, Bess Press (10)


1. "Hawaii's Story," Lydia Liliuokalani, Mutual Publishing (4)
2, "Mark Twain In Hawaii," Mark Twain, Mutual Publishing (5)
3. "Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was," Scott Stone, Island Heritage
4. "Myths and Legends of Hawaii," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing
5. "Pacific Island Legends: Tales from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia and Australia," Bo Flood, Beret E. Strong, William Flood, The Bess Press (6)
6. "Betrayal of Liliuokalani," Helena Allen, Mutual Publishing
7. "Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing
8. "Life and Times of John Young," Emmett Cahill, Island Heritage
9. "Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands," Gavan Daws, University of Hawaii Press
10. "All I Asking for Is My Body," Milton Murayama, University of Hawaii Press (3)


1. "Pocket Guide To Hawaii's Flowers," Leland Miyano, Mutual Publishing
2. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Trees and Shrubs," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing
3. "Hawaii's Fishes," John Hoover, Mutual Publishing
4. "Pocket Guide to Birds," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing
5. "Things Hawaiian -- Guide To Language," Albert Schutz, Island Heritage
6. "Handy Hawaiian Dictionary," John F. G. Stokes, Mary Kawena Pukui, Henry P. Judd, Mutual Publishing
7. "Growing Vegetables in Hawaii," Kathy Oshiro, The Bess Press
8. "Hawaii's Birds," Hawaii Audobon Society, Island Heritage
9. "The Illustrated Atlas of Hawaii," Daws Bushnell & Berger, Island Heritage (2)
10. "Tropical Trees of Hawaii," Hargreaves & Hargreaves, Island Heritage

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during October 1999. Figures are courtesy of the Hawaii Book Publishers Association and Booklines distributors, and reflect sales by Hawaii-based publishers. Numbers in parenthesis indicates a title's previous ranking.

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