Spiritual adventure in 'House of the Sun'
LAHAINA -Bill Worth, former editor and co-owner of The Lahaina News, has published a novel called "House of the Sun: A Metaphysical Novel of Maui."
Worth researched the novel when he and his wife, Nancy, lived in Lahaina for more than six years in the 1980s. It tells of Keli'i, a young Maui boy who has an indelible connection with Madame Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire.
Pele Honua cover image from “House of the Sun” by Bill Worth.
Photo provided by BillWorthBooks.com
Keli'i spends years as an apprentice to an elderly kahuna, steeping himself in mystical spiritual practice. "He finds himself drawn to Haleakala, Maui's majestic volcano known as the House of the Sun," according to a press release. "In Haleakala's massive crater, he repeatedly is challenged by Madame Pele as he seeks to learn the ways of the Huna."
The plot also brings him together with a visiting tourist who is the daughter of a prominent televangelist. "The interaction between Aimee and Keli'i illuminates the difference between the harsh beliefs of the religious right and the gentle spirituality of the Huna," the release continues.
It culminates with a climactic clash on the slopes of Haleakala, where "Madame Pele makes a final dramatic appearance," the release concludes.
The author was formerly a newspaper writer, editor and publisher in Dayton, Ohio, as well as Lahaina. He is now a retired Unity minister who is devoting his time to writing spiritual fiction.
The book is available at his website, www.billworthbooks.com, as well as Amazon.com in both soft-cover and Kindle editions.
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'Voices of Maui' author to sign books
KAANAPALI - Author and newspaper columnist Norm Bezane will appear at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel courtyard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in a book signing for his second edition of his book "Voices of Maui, Natives and Newcomers."
The book feature profiles of almost 50 people involved with Hawaiian culture, entertainment, business and issues affecting island life.
Bezane has formed a new publishing company to produce the book and has a distribution agreement with the Islander Group to make the book more available islandwide. It is also available at amazon.com.
The signing will take place during "Morning Goddess" Ala Paleka's Sunday Brunch radio show on KPOA 93.5 FM.