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From the bestselling author of the "dazzling historical saga" (The Washington Post), Moloka'i, comes the irresistible story of a young immigrant bride in a ramshackle town that becomes a great modern city


"In Korea in those days, newborn girls were not deemed important enough to be graced with formal names, but were instead given nicknames, which often reflected the parents' feelings on the birth of a daughter: I knew a girl named Anger, and another called Pity. As for me, my parents named me Regret."

Honolulu is the rich, unforgettable story of a young "picture bride" who journeys to Hawai'i in 1914 in search of a better life.

Instead of the affluent young husband and chance at an education that she has been promised, she is quickly married off to a poor, embittered laborer who takes his frustrations out on his new wife. Renaming herself Jin, she makes her own way in this strange land, finding both opportunity and prejudice. With the help of three of her fellow picture brides, Jin prospers along with her adopted city, now growing from a small territorial capital into the great multicultural city it is today. But paradise has its dark side, whether it's the daily struggle for survival in Honolulu's tenements, or a crime that will become the most infamous in the islands' history...

With its passionate knowledge of people and places in Hawai'i far off the tourist track, Honolulu is most of all the spellbinding tale of four women in a new world, united by dreams, disappointment, sacrifices, and friendship.

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January 24th, 2014
Wonderful book. Amazing what this girl/woman had to go through.
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October 7th, 2013
Great story.
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October 5th, 2013
This was an amazing book. So interesting to read what Hawaii was like before it became so commercialized. Also to read about every day life for the citizens of Hawaii in that period. Would highly recommend this book. Great for a book club.
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October 4th, 2013
Loved this book.
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October 4th, 2013
This book captivated my attention throughout. Because we are going to Honolulu soon I was anxious to read and learn about the area historically. Learned a little but was entertained more!
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October 4th, 2013
History is always fun to learn
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September 28th, 2013
Fabulous I could not put it down Romance history adventure all in one book
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September 28th, 2013
Very interesting read about the life of a Korean immigrant to Honolulu.
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September 14th, 2013
Having lived in Honolulu in the early 70's - i loved the discriptions of many places I knew. The story of what for many was an incredibly difficult life and yet the beauty that captures your heart. For those who have experienced the good and the bad of paradise - it's a wonderful read.
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August 31st, 2013
Loved this book - almost made me think of Michener's Hawaii - just a little quicker to get through. Great characters - great read.
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August 31st, 2013
Fantastic book. Loved reading about a culture from a past time.
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Honolulu
August 5th, 2013
A good read. Couldn't stop reading it
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