New releases by Hawaii authors

"A Cup of Aloha; The Kona Coffee Epic," by Gerald Kinro (University of Hawaii Press, $17.95)

One suspects that UH Press editors paw through masters theses at the end of term looking for suitable material. This certainly reads like one, recycled and made user-friendly. On the other hand, it's a spiffy little work about the only cash crop Hawaii has left. Well, the only legal cash crop. It's well-reseached and foot-noted, with interesting pictures.

"Hawaiian National Bibliography, 1780-1900, Volume 3: 1851-1880" compiled and annotated by David W. Forbes (University of Hawaii Press and Hordern House, $120)
The concluding volume of Hawaiiana extracts prior to 1900 is -- once again -- a long-needed hunka hunka burning scholarship.

"The Pacific Islands and the Sea," edited by Fran Dieudonne (Neptune House, $18)

Underwritten by the East-West Center, this volume assembles more than 300 years of original observations about walled fish traps throughout the Pacific. Absolutely vital work for a small audience, but still, good to know it's available.

"Na Wahine," by Diana Hansen-Young and Ui Goldsberry (Mutual, $10.95)

One of the little gift volumes Mutual does so well, this offering celebrates women of Hawaii with Hawaiian proverbs and well-chosen photographs. Nicely designed by Jane Hopkins.

"The Hunt," by daSkarles (Wings ePress, $15.95)

Privately published thriller about Hawaiian pig-hunting, with hidden treasure, local kine princesses and sweating, haole heroes. Lots of active verbs.

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame

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