PACIFIC WRITERS YOU SHOULD KNOW (PART 4)

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Kaui Hart Hemmings is an American author best known for her highly-acclaimed novel ‘The Descendants’, which has been made into a movie starring George Clooney.

Born and raised in Hawaii, she often writes about the Aloha State as seen by the locals. And although her books aren’t always set in the islands (her second novel, for instance, is set in a Colorado ski resort), the local vibe can be felt throughout the pages.

Kiana Davenport

Kiana Davenport is without doubt one of the best-known Hawaiian authors. Of part-Hawaiian ancestry, she likes exploring Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures in her books.

Her famous ‘Shark Dialogues’ – a beautiful and fascinating family saga, in which Hawaii is not just a setting but one of the characters – is merely one example of how exceptionally talented Kiana Davenport is. Her books are more than worthy of your time and attention.

Matthew Kaopio

Matthew Kaopio was not only an extremely talented writer but also an unbelievably gifted painter. He began his artistic adventure after a diving accident had left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

The books he wrote before his death in December, 2018 transport readers to Hawaii – paradise not but nonetheless a very special, even magical place. The local culture, practices, and traditions are neatly woven into each and every story, so if you’re craving a bit of Aloha Spirit, this is the author you must read.

Marita Davies

Marita Davies is an Australian-Kiribati writer, whose website – The Little Island That Could – is a valuable source of information on Kiribati and the Pacific. But she doesn’t confine herself to only running a blog. Her publications have been featured in various magazines, and her book – ‘Teaote and the Wall’ – is one of the most wonderful children’s stories you’ll be able to find.

Marita is passionate about traditional oral storytelling of Pacific Islanders, which she tries to recreate in written form. That’s definitely one of the reasons why her works are so incredibly compelling to read.

L. Filloon

L. Filloon, an American Samoan writer, is probably best known for her fantasy book series, The Velesi Trilogy. It can be said that she specializes in this particular genre, so those who enjoy folk tales, mythology, and a bit of science fiction will absolutely love her novels.

L. Filloon has a wonderful way with words, which makes her books truly magical. The stories quickly capture the reader’s imagination, and once you start reading them, you simply cannot stop.

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