"A true & brilliant watercolor of imagination and reality! For those who know & love the Islands, it brings forward a visual feast of the past --For those who have yet to experience the rare beauty & history of Hawaii, a remarkable yet educational trip of truth touched by beauty & fantasy. Ballou: this is great!"
Ano Ano (the seed) for Wai-nani - A Voice from Old Hawaii took root in my heart thirty years ago when I lived on the north shore of Kauai. I became smitten with the great personage of Ka'ahumanu, the childless bride who was the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great. This was in the late 70's, a time when women were breaking the traditional mold. Ka'ahumanu faced down the all-powerful priests and ended the 2,000-year-old kapu system that called for harsh penalties for infractions. Writing the story of this empowered woman, mostly overlooked by western historians, became a beautiful obsession.
Set in the late 1700s, Wai-nani is the daughter of a great Hawaiian chieftain. However, she finds that she can’t live by his rules and swims away to another island. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DabOfDarkness
This is a beautifully written book, a gift, so a nice surprise. I love getting to read something that I never would have picked up on my own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mani
Based on the life of Ka’ahumanu, favorite wife of Kamehameha, our heroine, Wai-nani, is an ardent, passionate, questioner of the norm. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Della
By Lorraine Holnback Brodek (Hana, Maui, HI, USA)
The rhythm of Linda Ballou's writing is sheer poetic dialogue. Read more
I enjoyed this trip back to Old Hawaii. Being a devotee of the "days that were days indeed" as historian Glen Grant once observed about Hawaii, this is a touching tale of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by AJ Llewellyn
Wai-nani is written with so many beautiful poetic descriptions of people and scenes. Linda wrote it so magically that I felt like I was actually swimming with Eku, the dolphin and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Irene Vincent
Mahalo nui loa, Linda Ballou, for writing this glorious story. As a Hawaiian, born and raised, I loved the journey back into the days of old and the poetic way that you mixed fact,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tori Eldridge
Hawaii's natural beauty, Polynesian history, epic journey of royal, courageous, compassionate, adventurous,
Laughter and drama. Read more
Linda Ballou has created a beautiful story of Wai-nani, a High Chiefess, and her life and the cultures of old Hawaii. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sandy