My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent insight into living in Hawaii. Cloudia explains the meaning behind 'Aloha' giving a deeper meaning to the lives of natives.
She also shows how close knit the natives are and are very skeptical of outsiders almost amounting to xenophobia. This despite tourism and tourists being the mainstay of their economy.
The locals are very wary of their culture getting corrupted by crass commercialism and hence the tightly knit community do not accept outsiders easily as one of their own. But of course outsiders or tourists are not ill treated but the relationship is kept at arm's length forever.
This book also is a beautiful account of a girl coming in from Philadelphia and growing up in Hawaii in her quest for independence.
The book is a wonderful read if you like to read about different cultures and human relationships that are almost spiritual.
I highly recommend it.
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