Suggested Booklist

Maui Remembers: A Local History by Gail Bartholomew, Bren Bailey

A comprehensive history of Maui from Polynesian origins to contact with Westerners and arrival of non-Polynesian settlers up to the modern era

The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn

Historical novel about the tragic end of the Hawaiian Monarchy under Queen Lili’uokalani and the role of the wealthy elite business community

The Water of Kane by O.A. Bushnell

A sprawling saga set on Maui in the late 1870s about the Americans, Japanese and Hawaiians who raced to make their fortunes by creating sugar plantations to wherever they could bring fresh water

Right from the Gecko by Cynthia Baxter

Light-hearted mystery featuring vet Jessica Popper, who investigates the murder of a reporter on Maui

All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton Murayama

The story of a Hawaiian Japanese American boy's coming of age in the years leading up to World War II

Born in Paradise by Armine von Tempski

Set in the early 20th century, von Tempski’s autobiography recalls the adventures of her early years growing up on a cattle ranch on the slopes of Haleakala, where life was filled with colorful characters

Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport

A multigenerational saga detailing the history of Hawaii through the experiences of one family

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

A moving historical novel about Kalaupapa, the leper colony on Moloka’i, focusing on Rachel, who was quarantined there from childhood