"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!"~XX-Connie Nelson
"Hi Linda - I started reading Wai-nani tonight. Nicely written and it's a compelling story. You really have a sense of Hawaiian life and culture and the imagination to bring an earlier time to life."
~Michael Shapiro- Travel writer and author of Sense of Place"WAI-NANI -- HIGH CHIEFESS OF HAWAI'I HER EPIC JOURNEY
is a beautifully written epic
about a strong independent woman.
It is a history lesson written with care and heart about a remarkable people during an amazing time.
The Queen Ka'ahumanu, the favorite wife of Kamehameha the Great, inspired Wai-nani's character.
"Linda has caught the beauty, mystery, and heart of the Hawaiian culture
. I found this book both educational, and inspirational: a seductive journey
through time and to a place of great majesty and history.
A must read for all those who enjoy romance and history."
~Yolanda Renee"Wai-nani is a masterpiece!
The historic novel tells the dramatic and
heart warming love story of Wai-nani. By weaving the ancient legends of Old Hawaii
into this compelling story,
Ballou captivates the reader with her beautiful descriptions and very real characters
, who come alive in your imagination. Once I got the rhythm I could hardly put the book down. It is an excellent read,
especially if you have been or plan to go to Hawaii."
~Bonnie Neely, Editor of Real Travel AdventuresBallou's artful storytelling pulled me into Wai-nani's dramatic struggle - the universal journey to discover how and why one fits into the beautiful, yet flawed world one lives in. The duality of Wai-nani's relationship with the ocean and a family of dolphins that offers her uncomplicated freedom and expression, and her relationships within a culture where she must struggle physically, emotionally and spiritually against her traditional "place of standing," is a magical, inspiring and thought provoking read.
Scott Hillenbrand - Feature Film Director/Producer
From the Author
Ano Ano (the seed) for Wai-nani - High Chiefess of Hawai'i
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.
Readers of Wai-nani are amazed at the authentic detail and depth of my research. I went to most of the places described in my book, including the sacred Waipio Valley now closed to overnight stays. I hiked across the smoldering floor of Iki Crater in Volcano National Park, and spent hours in The Place of Refuge on the Big Island trying absorb the mana of the ancestors. I read old and new chronicles on Hawaiian history, spent hours at Bishop Museum and hired a Hawaiian scholar to read my manuscript. In short, I did everything in my power to stay true to the culture and re-create an authentic portal into a world that is lost to us now.