When Paulo's father, Chief of Manoa, wagers his domain as the stake in an athletic match, he realizes with horror that he...

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SEA OF FIRE

When Paulo's father, Chief of Manoa, wagers his domain as the stake in an athletic match, he realizes with horror that he has lost everything to the cruel Moku. From then on it is Paulo's obsession to win back his birthright, and despite the rigorous demands he faces as ward to the King, he pursues this end singlemindedly. Set at some remote point of Hawaiian history, this novel does much to focus the attitudes, legends, and forms of those people who to most minds have become lost in a vague context of hula-hula and tremulous guitar music. The strength of the Hawaiian tradition and folklore is cleverly interpolated into this novel, giving force and color to the fictional line, and imbuing the simple story with dignity and scope.

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 1958

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1958