Kaiaulu is about fishing on the north-east coast of Kauaʻi, a playground for tourists, and backdrop for many Hollywood movies. Catch from small local reefs, and the sharing of this abundance, has sustained area families for centuries, helping them to thrive through two tidal waves, seven hurricanes, intensive immigration, and a recession. Kaiaulu invites readers to consider how we all can be connected to and by place, along with the responsibilities this connection carries. It offers teachings for living in conscious relationships with the natural world, without letting our desire for connection devour the places we love and the communities who are their keepers.
Mehana Blaich Vaughan grew up where the districts of Haleleʻa and Koʻolau meet on the island of Kauaʻi. She is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Kaiaulu is her first book.
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