The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn: Author's Talk & Book Signing (benefiting local Asian Pacific American nonprofits)


How did far-off Hawaii become part of America?  Suppressed for nearly 100 years, it’s a story known to few...In 1886, Laura Jennings boards a steamship bound for the exotic islands of Hawaii to live with missionary relatives she’s never met. Laura imagines she’ll live in a grass hut and minister to “savages.” But on arriving in Honolulu, she’s surprised to find that, far from being savages, the Hawaiians have developed a charming and prosperous kingdom—and Laura’s family is among the wealthy elite plotting to overthrow the monarchy. To avoid her conniving uncle’s control, Laura goes to work for the royal family. She’s swept up in a web of intrigue and turmoil as the Missionary Party intensifies its scheme to topple the throne and Hawaii’s last queen, Lili`uokalani, struggles heroically to save the kingdom. When every way is blocked, the queen’s choices reveal to Laura a power capable of restoring the spirit of a people caught in a turbulent, changing world. And Laura discovers how her own family’s long-hidden secrets can lead the way to reconciliation.

Join the Asian American Giving Circle as we host author Gaellen Quinn for a special talk in celebration of Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood and in memory of Hawaii's last monarchs!

Reception opens at 5:00pm; Program to begin at 5:30pm

*Books available for purchase ($20; cash or checks only).

Our venue is Te House of Tea, at 1927 Fairview St., in the Montrose/River Oaks area. Their phone number is 713.522.8868.  Free parking is available in the small strip center parking lot, as well as along the streets surrounding Te House of Tea. 

Update: Complimentary wine and mixed island drinks, and a variety of Asian-influenced finger foods will be available!
  Dress in island chic!

*Best of all, proceeds from book sales will go to support the mission of the Asian American Giving Circle to encourage philanthropy in the Asian and Pacific American (APA) community, to contribute to the community in a strategic and meaningful way and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving APAs throughout the Greater Houston area.

Advance praise for The Last Aloha:

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book - both for the story it tells and the way it captures the incredibly interesting historical forces that swirled around the Hawaiian monarchy in the late nineteenth century. What makes the tale even more compelling is that those historical forces are so little known and appreciated. The story will keep you turning pages. The history will give you an appreciation of Hawaii you never had before. All-in-all, that's a formula for a great historical novel."

                                                          Frank Haas
                                                          Director for Strategic Development,
                                                          University of Hawaii School of Travel
                                                           Former VP, Hawaii Tourism Authority


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