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Such a good book that many people mistakenly go to Hawaii and ask to see Abner Hale's grave--but he's a fictional character!

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James A. Michener was an American author of more than 40 titles, the majority of which were sweeping sagas, covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating historical facts into the stories. Michener was known for the meticulous research behind his work.

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Favilla Ukuleles: From left to right: 1.) an early uke, 1890 to 1919 (1890 to about 1910 if label reads "marca aquila"; 1915 to 1919 if label reads "Favilla Bros." 2.) A late teens or early 1920's model U2. 3.) 1920's teardrop uke. 4.) Model U-2, probably 1930's to 1940's. 5.) Model U3, late 1960's. 6.) Model U3, late 1950's to early 1960's.

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Quotable - James Michener. I have never agreed with the advice "write what you know." Empathy and imagination go a long way.

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.

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Thank you, Mr.Morrow, teacher/Swim Coach. At age 18, he gave me this book. He said get past the first couple of chapters and you will be hooked. He was right.

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If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it. ~ James A. Michener

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