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Kahala: Where the Rainbow Ends
by Guy Buffet, Pam Buffet | Children's Books
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 9/1/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, September 08, 2012

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Kahalaopuna, or Kahala for short, was the daughter of the wind and the rain of Manoa Valley. She was also known as the Rainbow Maiden for the rainbows that so often seemed to surround her. Kahala was promised to Kauhi, a chief's son, but he was very possessive and jealous, and when he thought he had been betrayed, Kauhi beat the trusting Kahala to death. Her guardian spirit, Pueo the owl, brought her back to life again and again, until the kind Mahana rescued her one last time.

In the end, Mahana knew that the spirit of Kahala could always be found at the end of the rainbow.


When we were kids, we had the whole series of these Island Heritage books. A lot of them are still on my shelf, but I think maybe some of them should go looking for new readers.

When I re-read this one, I found the relationship between Kahala and Kauhi very disturbing..but that's not the fault of the authors. As far as I can tell, that part of the story is a fairly accurate retelling of the legend. Eww.

I notice that the acknowledgements mention Frances Kakugawa, the author of Kapoho.

Links of interest:

* Hawaii Domestic Violence Action Center
* The story of Kahalaopuna
* Hawaiians and the afterlife 

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Kahala Community Park in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, September 08, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (9/8/2012 UTC) at Kahala Community Park in Honolulu, Hawaii USA


Obviously a book about Kahala should be released in Kahala...but books released at Kahala Mall go straight to security so that's no fun. Decided to leave this book at the park next to Kahala Elementary School instead: it's called Kahala Community Park. It was a bit rainy, which made for a possibility of rainbows, but not terrific for an outdoor release, so I left the book on the long bench outside the building (under the roof): I used go to afterschool Parks & Rec programs here when I was going to school next door.

This is Team Battleship's Turn 12 release for Vekiki's 2012 Monopoly game: Rainbow's End.

Also released for Secretariat's 2012 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge: week 36 = birds on the cover or in the title.

(Larger photo here.)

This book was set free to find a new reader; I'm so glad you've found it!

This is now your book and you may do whatever you like with it, but I'm hoping you will read and enjoy it. You're welcome to keep it for as long as you wish, and you can even mark it for your "permanent collection" if you'd like...but you don't have to.

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