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Gary Pak is director of creative writing and associate professor of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and had written three other novels before publishing this new paperback. "Language of the Geckos" is a collection of short stories that explore the complexities of modern Hawaii, and the assortment of Hawaiians, Asians and haoles that populate his stories bring life to the local landscape.
"Language of the Geckos and Other Stories"
By Gary Pak
(University of Washington Press, $18.95)
This attractive little paperback sheds light on an obscure piece of Hawaiian history, Mauna Ala, Hawaii's Royal Mausoleum. The mausoleum is situated on 3.5 acres between the Pali Highway and Nuuanu Avenue, and holds the remains of almost every Hawaiian royal since Kamehameha the Great. The book features high-quality full color and historical black-and-white photographs.
"Mauna Ala, Hawaii's Royal Mausoleum, Last Remnant of a Lost Kingdom"
By Don Chapman with William Kaiheekai Maioho
(Mutual Publishing, $10.95)