New releases by Hawaii authors

"Buckaloose -- Kaimuki School Days with Israel Kamakawiwoole"
by Sam Kong (Mutual Publishing, $13.95)

"They Broke the Mold"
by Elynore Fulton Hambleton (1st Books, $10.50)

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame

"Buckaloose -- Kaimuki School Days with Israel Kamakawiwoole"
Floral arranger Kong went to elementary and intermediate school with the celebrated Kamakawiwoole -- who will surely be nominated for sainthood status any day now -- and although they seemedto have had a passing relationship, Kong looks back upon it as profound and resonant.

The rest of the book is taken up with nostalgic elementary-school memories and images. For those of us who remember when shoes were optional in school, these passages will strike a chord.

"They Broke the Mold"
This print-on-demand title by Honolulu resident Hambleton is a fond -- if overwritten -- recounting of her father's exploits as manager of the Akron Municipal Airport. This is more interesting than it sounds, as Bain "Shorty" Fulton was quite a character, and his comrades were a who's-who of aviation history.

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