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About the Author

John Tanaka, a native of Hawai'i, lives on the Big Island with his wife, Amy. He attended Honolulu public schools, the University of Hawai'i, and served as a Counter Intelligence Agent in the U.S. Army during World War II. Post war, after he received his Master of International Affairs Degree from Columbia University, New York, he headed to Korea as a UN War Correspondent. Later, as a founder of international businesses, he has been chasing fanciful goals, missing some. As one of his goals, he wrote Yesterday s Rainbow, a novel of four lovers set against the backdrop of Hawaiian history, and then this novel, Aloha 'Oe, The Song at Pier 10.
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Island Heritage Publishing (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159700782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597007825
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,314,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tanaka is clear in saying this is a "tall tale." OK, even if it is all made up, it is fun to have more stories behind the Hawaiian songs we love. Talk Story was never meant to be all true.

This is a fun read -- particularly for someone who enjoys (and plays) Hawaiian music. It's not just about Aloha 'Oe, but many of the tunes from the 1800's. If you don't know Hawaiian music, I should tell you that many of these songs are played regularly today -- mostly by ukulele groups and soloists.

The Hawaiian history presented here is enough to tease you into more reading. Consider: The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii 1838-1917; Or, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen by LILIUOKALANI (Author).

It is great fun to vacation in Hawaii. We are glad to have the islands available for our enjoyment. On the other hand, the story here is not entirely unlike other native American stories. There is just no blood. There's nothing to say that other nations - namely Japan or even India - would not have provided a similar story for Hawaii ... but that didn't happen. The US occupation did. For better or worse (and it is better for us) it helps to know what these people faced not too long ago.

None the less, we return to the music. We play it and enjoy it. We share in the joys and sorrows in the songs. Now that enjoyment is deeper and a little more bitter sweet. We will continue to share what was created. This book is a great help in that. We will carry respect the people who made this nation, now state.
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This book was a gift given to me while I was on vacation with my family in Hawaii. We spent a week on the Big Island and enjoyed the magical and beautiful surroundings that only Hawaii possesses. I was fortunate enough to read this book in one sitting. From the very first page, I was transformed to a different world and a place of enchantment. This book is written in a style that is supremely easy to read, enjoyable to learn from, and something from which everyone can benefit. In a time where we easily get lost in the day to day routine of life, it is a gift to be able to go back in time and imagine the life of early Hawaii and the magical moments that existed then as well as now.....

Thank you to John Tanaka for writing such a beautiful novel filled with song, spirit, and celebration for the "Aloha" that exists in us all!
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My mother was best friends with his Henry Berger's daughter and this was so well written and researched. It was wonderful and very informative.
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