Leilani Akamai is the point of view character in the entire series. That means you see everything through her eyes. She’s a typical young teen—confused about life, boys, her family, and life in general.
One thing she’s not confused about—her desire to be a detective and solve a real crime—not the pretend stuff she and her friends used to do when they were kids.
I think when adults read the series, they get a chance to remember what it was like during those rough years of self-discovery and angst.
Luana Onakea is Maile and Kainoa’s mom. She and Leilani’s mom figure they need to raise all the kids together. They certainly do keep the two moms on their toes!
Don’t forget to come back every Monday and Thursday as I go through the alphabet, giving you little snippets of words from Pineapples in Peril (Book 1 of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club.) It’s the ABCs OF THE HIDC!—until the release date for Pineapples on October 2, 2012.