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For George Cretton--Rhett

Love, Scarlet

and my sons

Zach and Liam

the lights of my life


This is a work of fiction. While the Hawai'ian Sovereignty movement is real and part of Hawai'i's history along with the overthrow of the Hawai'ian Monarchy, to my knowledge, there is no Hawai'ian Cultural Society nor a Ka Leo O Kanaka group or movement. All events and characters are fictional and created for the use of this novel.

Mahalo to those without whom I could not have written this: Sgt. Kathleen Osmond--HPD, my partner in crime; Susan Siu, Investigator with the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office who patiently answered a thousand questions; Pat Ricks of Pemberley Press, Margaret Searles--my lucky charm; George Cretton--whose friendship and kindness stayed with me for over twenty years; and most importantly, my family--without their support and love, nothing would be possible.

Author's Note: The name "Kaneali'ihiwi" roughly translates to royalty (royal man) of the ridge.

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