A wildly inventive story about love, madness, friendship, hippies, tsunamis, murder and the great hereafter all in a vivid tropical setting. It is funny, fascinating and touching. If you have never been to the Big Island, this book will make you want to go. If you have been there, this will make you feel like you have returned. The perfect book for a hammock and a tall drink.
Gulf of Mexico, 1982: A crew of professional hard-hat divers and deck hands head out to the pristine waters of the Flower Gardens reef to enjoy a few days of recreational diving and fishing. One of their dives served up a twist that no one had expected - least of all Jimbo.
s no surprise that Candace is dreading returning to her 'real' life. When her days for the past month have been filled with the sun's caress and the smell of plumeria, it is impossible to imagine she'll be leaving that kind of magic behind. Especially when the life waiting for her holds nothing nearly as exciting as Adrian, the bartender who serves her drinks at Tiwaka's Tiki Bar and Grill. But it's not just the promise of romance that is making the thought of leaving painful.
A short story moving from the jungles of Hana, through the beach town of Paia, and up to the heights of Haleakala. Sogni moves as easily between dreams of his family and reality as he does these beautiful Hawaiian locations.
An excerpt from the book: "Tiwaka Goes to Waikiki": Tiwaka, our favorite adventurous macaw leaves the Maui Tiki Bar as he re-learns to fly. Unfortunately, he gets sucked up into a tropical storm that deposits him on another island in Waikiki. There he becomes the true hero of all the captive street birds of this Hawaiian resort town.
Gregorio was back the next week with a load of grass fed organic island beef that was so good vegetarians had to reaffirm their faith in its presence. We had the kiawe wood fires going early and by late afternoon the coals were dancing. Kegs of Kona brewed beer were being offloaded and the Kihei Ice Truck had made it all the way in this time on our gravel road. The weather was doing its best to impress even hard core islanders with clear skies and warm breezes. Just another day in paradise.