Golden Scrolls 1st Place Novel of the Year, 2014
A child is dying. Her life depends on her grandmother’s explosive secret. As Mary Han wrestles with toxic revelations that could save her grandchild but destroy her Ohana (family), she confronts the past and the forbidden love she tried to bury.
A riveting retrospective of Hawaiian history told through a historical family saga spanning three unforgettable generations who meet in the sugar cane fields of Kohala, Hawaii where a savage, unthinkable crime and a failed strike draw the three families together in an uneasy alliance.
Chaul Roong flees from Korea after killing the Japanese invaders who kidnap his sister and force her into prostitution. Japanese aristocrat Kazuko rebels against a loveless arranged marriage with an old widower and abandons her life of wealth and privilege to live in poverty with the servant she loves. Trying to forget the past, Patrick, a refugee from the Irish famine and Boston gangs, settles in Hawaii to escape memories of the bloody Civil War.
The immigrants meet in the brutal cane fields of Kohala in Hawaii where an oligarchic society ruled by the descendents of missionaries control every aspect of the Hawaiian economy and society with the hammer of racism.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, three wars, the birth of the Hawaiian mafia, and the hipie era of flower-children who protested traditional values and the Vietnam war.
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The Ohana grew out of stories my mother and other relatives told me as a child.
Always a romantic, I’ve had the good fortune to live in romantic places. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii with its enormous diversity of culture filled me with stories from around the world and nurtured my love of history and the people who came before us. From there, I moved to the mountains Colorado, which is completely unique and different from almost any place on earth.
My life took a turn when the first screenplay I wrote became a movie, “September Dawn,” starring Jon Voight. The novel adapted from the screenplay is available on Amazon.
The lives of the people around me, God, and injustice inspire me to write. The desire to inspire others and to cause people to think inspires me to write. If anyone finds enjoyment in what I write, or finds something profound that will change or better their life, or finds comfort, inspiration, or a kernel of knowledge that affects their thinking and/or world of feelings, then I have done what I was supposed to do.
Although I no longer live in Hawaii, the Islands of Heaven lives in my heart.