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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.Com (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411681061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411681064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,282,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herr spins a tale of history, mystery, family dysfunction and the value of family ties in an exotic setting. This is the first in his Kohala Coast Mystery series, and it is a fine debut. --Shirley Wetzel for OVER MY DEAD BODY, The Mystery Magazine Online

More About the Author

Michael A. Herr is not the author of Dispatches, but he is the award-winning author of several fiction books set in the Hawaiian islands. Two of these books, "The Kauai Obake Bar" and "Is 'Chicken Skin' a Local Delicacy?", consist of a humorous series of short stories all set in and around a fictitious bar on the island of Kauai in the town of Kapaa. The rest of Mr. Herr's books make up a mystery/thriller series set along the Kohala coast of the Big Island. There the women of the Pono family seek to guard the centuries-old hiding place of the bones of Queen Ka'ahumanu, favorite wife of King Kamehameha. In the first book, "The Bones of the Kuhina Nui", greed and jealousy threaten to tear the Pono family apart. In the second book, "The Old Queen's Murder", a serial killer from New Orleans brings new trouble to the Pono family and the family loses a member. His third book, "The Old Queen's Treasure", connects a Chinese exploration ship from the 1400's to a modern day Chinese archeologist and the team from Stanford University that he is a member of. An earthquake and a new lava flow bring death to the team. Mr. Herr's fourth book, "The Old Queen's Guardians", deals with Hawaiian aumakua, spiritual guardans of a family; and also with a current problem, the growing of pakalolo or marijuana in the islands.

Mr. Herr's fifth book in this series, "The Old Queen and the Maui Maiden" is et on Maui and is the story of a woman buried long ago, with her mummified body only recently unearthed. Additionally it is a story of two brothers, their relationship with the same woman, and greed and betrayal. Next to "The Bones of the Kuhina Nui" this is probably the most compelling book of the series.

The sixth book in the series, "The Old Queen and the King", is available now. This story details a murder that takes place at the old Coco Palms hotel. A former guest there, Elvis, plays a major role in this story.

All of Mr. Herr's current books are available in paperback as well as in Kindle ebook versions.

Michael A. Herr is a retired educator, 34.5 years in service to the California schools, who has visited the islands for some 50 years. His wife was born and raised in Kaimuki on Oahu and together they have one son and two grandchildren. Mr. Herr collects weird and mysterious items including replicas of Hawaiian weapons. His office is a mess and he wouldn't have it any other way. He hopes you enjoy reading his books. He can be contacted at m.herr@sbcglobal.net. His website is www.michaelherr.com. Mr. Herr is also on Facebook and loves to collect new friends. Aloha.

Mahalo all.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2008
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Just finished reading this first book in the "Kohala" series. GREAT mystery story (will keep you on your toes) but more importantly it is culturally correct. Many stories written about Hawaii leave out that important fact and make our legends and stories seem trite tho they are very important to our culture and beliefs.

Also details on Kohala town, driving around the Big Island are "spot on" (and makes me less homesick for my "hometown").

Great job all the way around and am looking forward to next book in the series!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Taryn on November 21, 2011
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As a lover of anything that has to do with the big island of Hawaii, I wasn't able to put this book down! Right from the very first page of the book, ancient Hawaiian culture is weaved into the story as the traditions of an Hawaiian burial event (Queen Kahu'umanu) is described step by step with extreme detail. The prologue sets the stage for the Pono family, who has been trusted with the secret knowledge of and looking after the bones of the Kuhina Nui. (I imagine this is where the fiction portion of the story begins.)

Although the mystery is captivating, the author's knowledge of both ancient Hawaii and modern day big Island are what truly sets this book apart from most other Hawaii-based fiction. I highly recommend this book to all, local or those of us that wish they were.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Random Reader on September 21, 2012
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I was excited to find a story set in Hawaii, so I downloaded the sample to read. The sample consisted of the prologue to the story which happened to be about the history of the bones. It was based on the Hawaiian culture and extremely interesting, so I bought the entire book. Unfortunately, the prologue was the ONLY part of the whole book that was based on Hawaii or its culture. To be honest, it could have been set anywhere. As for the "mystery" ... well, it was laughably simple. I kept reading after figuring the who and why because I was expecting a plot twist that would throw my "solution" out the window, but it never came. It looks like The Bones of the Kuhina Nui is the first book in Kohala Coast Mysteries series. I will not be reading any more in this series and will stick to the terrific Hawaii-based The Lei Crime Series by Toby Neal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Geesey on September 13, 2011
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If you've ever been to Hawaii or are planning to visit, this is a "must read!" Even if you know nothing about Hawaii, it's still a great mystery with a charming family at the center. Do read them in the order in which they were written. Mr. Herr's writing is wonderfully descriptive, accurate in its detail and humorous in just the right amount. The plots are involved and keep you interested - I couldn't put the book down and get anything else done! I'm just so glad I found this author, but I wish he could write more books quickly to keep up with my reading! Mahalo, Mr. Herr!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. A Ortiz on March 21, 2008
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I am always on the look out for books on Hawaii. When I discovered the first book of the series I was delighted. Just learned he has a new one coming out and I plan to get it. He has good descriptions of Hawaii and you learn a little of the culture as well. Entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lanna Lucky on August 21, 2012
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I don't really know how to describe this book. To me, it was rather superficial. As for a mystery, it really didn't keep my attention. I kept putting the book down, and thinking about not picking it up again. The characters were all stereotypical and shallow. Yes, we all have dysfunctional families, but you never really got close to any of the characters in this book.

I was going to give this book only 1-2 stars, until I read the last 1/4 of the book. Then things started to pick up. So much so (without giving out the answers to the mystery), that I've decided to rate the book with three stars. The ending is almost comical, in a dark sort of way.

But it is too bad that I had to read 3/4 of the book to start enjoying it.

Many of the past reviewers are correct - this book does follow history - the facts are correct. But what it is missing is the passion of the people and the ownership of their lands. I've read a lot of Hawaiian fiction and non-fiction, and the passion of ohana rides high in the importance of most any story - you can feel its importance. But not in this book.

I don't know if I'll read another one of the mysteries in the set. Maybe if they are at a discounted price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. Brissette on May 28, 2012
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A great page turning mystery steeped in Hawaiian culture & language. Love every one of his books. Especially great for the beach or pool. Better if it's in Hawaii! Aloha!
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By Ross Burwell on February 6, 2014
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I enjoyed reading the Bones of the Kuhina Nui. The book is well written and has some local interest as I read it while on a trip to Maui. In spite of being a bit thin it was a fun read. Several situational events were somewhat unbelievable but overall, I really did enjoy the book.
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