>>I was raised in Hilo (on the other side of the island...) and I have fond
memories of the Captain Cook and Kealakekua area, in fact I came across one
of my first Blanding books at a small antique shop there, I recall a pleasant
night settling into my room at the inn (Manago Hotel...) and reading
Vagabond's House with a view of the ocean.<<
Indeed, we stayed at the Manago Hotel in November, when we were in Hawai'i
for a week with a storytelling tour, StoryFest (www.storyfest.com). It's a
Japanese family hotel, founded about eighty years ago, rather plain
facilities, wonderful fish and fried pork chops, and a delightfully
disordered potted plant garden, and a lovely koi pond. A wonderful place to
read Don Blanding, I suppose.
"Stowaways in Paradise" kept my sister and me, Army brats both born at
Tripler Army Hospital, dreaming of Hawai'i through forty years before we
Some of Don Blanding's books are kept in print by Petroglyph Press. I wonder
if they know anything about his copyrights.
back in Knoxville TN for the winter