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Great Island reads! Check out our 5 favorite new Hawaii books.

Whether you’re on a beach somewhere in the Islands, or trying to warm up at home on a snowy Midwest evening, sometimes the best way to unwind after a long day is settling down with a great book. And since we mentioned the Islands above, why not a great book from Hawaii?

Among the many new titles from Hawaii publishers we had a chance to peruse in recent months, here’s a rundown of our favorite 5 (in no particular order):


1. “Stories of Rell Sunn: Queen of Makaha”
by Greg Ambrose
Bess Press, 176 pp., $22.95

An intimate collection of stories and photos recounting the life of Makaha surfer Rell Sunn, Ambrose’s book tugs at the heartstrings while offering a rare glimpse into the life of the famed lifeguard, diver and women’s surfing pioneer. An all-around water woman, Sunn helped establish the Women’s Professional Surfing Association and the women’s pro surfing tour. She passed away in 1998 from breast cancer, at age 47, fighting the disease as hard as she fought waves. Sunn’s legacy lives on in this much-recommended book.

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