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Monday, October 17, 2011

Kainoa Onakea

Book one of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club, Pineapples in Peril, along with books two and three Have Been Contracted! Book one will be published sometime next fall, but in the meantime, I would like to continue to talk about my characters.

Today I’m introducing Maile’s older brother, Kainoa Onakea. Kainoa is sixteen years old and loves surfing. He’s been Leilani’s surfing buddy since she was around eight years old. He sometimes enjoys speaking Pidgin English with his friends. Kainoa has never been a part of the Hawaiian Island Detective Club.

Kainoa is pronounced: KA-ee-NO-a (I believe most people will combine the KA and ee sounds. Pronounce his name: Kai (rhymes with bye) Noah
Meaning: The name
Gender: Both Male and Female, but primarily a boy’s name

Onakea is an actual Hawaiian surname, so I couldn’t really find anything about the meaning, gender, or even the pronunciation, so here’s how I would pronounce it according to my understanding of the Hawaiian alphabet:

Join me on Thursday to learn about the one non-Hawaiian member of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club. He's also the only non-female in the club (even though Kimo really, really wants to be part of the group!)

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  1. Yep! I would've pronounced it Kai Noah! I know a girl named Kai! Will the pronunciations be in the book for the readers? :) Congrats on your contract'

  2. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Jessica. Yes, I do hope to include a pronunciation guide for at least the names. The other words are sparse throughout the book, but the names are used throughout, so it would be nice for kids and parents to know how to pronounce them. Thanks, too, for the congrats. I'm pretty excited!

  3. You wrote him so attractively too! I think every girl out there is going to want him and Leilani to hook up!

  4. I hope so, Jessica!

    Thanks for your support of my blog and my stories!! You're a gem. : )


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