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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Leilani's Thoughts Revealed!


In case you didn't get a chance to connect with any of the fun interviews with The Hawaiian Island Detective Club characters, I'm going spend the next few blog posts sharing them with you. I talked with each character after they'd completed their second mystery, Menehunes Missing. Today I'm interviewing Leilani:

So, Leilani, what is like being a detective with The Hawaiian Island Detective Club?

Amazing! Maile, Sam and I have been friends since kindergarten when we used to dig in the sand and build castles. They’re the greatest, and even though they may think my stakeout ideas are crazy, they always help me—and we always nail the culprit! ‘Course then there’s Sam’s annoying belching—gross.
What was your favorite part of solving this mystery?

(Leilani giggles) Getting my annoying, itchy cast off!
Actually, I loved spying on Mrs. Wong and watching Kimo do a great diversion job. He may be my annoying I-know-everything little brother, but he really is a good detective. Oh, but don’t tell him I said that—he’ll bother me forever about being a real member of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club.
What about Kimo? Is he still blackmailing you?

Naw. He does know some secrets about me from both mysteries, but as long as I give him some important jobs to do, he won’t tell Mom.

Were you ever scared while solving this mystery?

Only when I thought Kainoa was trapped in a fire. Seeing all that smoke freaked me out big-time! (Leilani blushes) He’s my surfing buddy, and . . . well . . .
Oh, yes, we know!

I mean, have you ever seen Kainoa surf? He’s amazing.

(I wink at Leilani and her face flushes red again) Summer’s over now and school’s about to start. Do you think you’ll have time for another mystery?

(Leilani grins) I don’t know, but I’ll be on the lookout for sure.
Thanks for visiting, Leilani!

Faithful readers, come back next time for a visit with Maile, then Sam and finally, Kimo! Are there other characters you'd like me to interview?? Kainoa? Carly? Mrs. Wong? What would you like me to ask them?



Leilani Undercover???
Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Monday, February 25, 2013

Leilani's and Kimo's



How fun it was for me to find two restaurants in Hawaii named after my main character, Leilani, and her pain-in-the-pants little brother, Kimo!!

I wanted to eat at both restaurants, but time and circumstances just didn't allow it during our trip to Maui.

We found Leilani's in the Kaanapali area and Kimo's in Lahaina. Have any of you ever been to one or both of these restaurants? If so, let me know how they were what you would recommend ordering.

Don't forget to come back next time! I am going to do a series of mini interviews with my characters, Leilani, Maile, Sam and Kimo! Leilani is up first, so be ready for some fun insights from the kids of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club!

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Please Pass . . .


The Salt & Pepper!!!

Isn't the newest addition to my "All Things Pineapple" collection adorable??

Yes, they are salt and pepper shakers from my friend, Dana. She's a big supporter of Pineapples in Peril and the entire Hawaiian Island Detective Club series. How wonderful to have a friend and a supporter like Dana!

Have you read either of the books yet? Do you know a kid who's read one or both? Please e-mail me and let me know what they've said about the books. I love collecting comments and sharing them with potential readers.

Check out my Review Page to see some of the comments sent to me by moms, kids and librarians!

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Monday, February 18, 2013

Did You Know?


YES!!! Menehunes Missing has released and is available on-line!

But did you know you can also get the e-book version of both Pineapples in Peril and Menehunes Missing?? Check out Amazon to instantly get your copy delivered to your Kindle.

Also, did you know you can request the books through your Local Library?? If you, your kids, your students (if you're a teacher!) and your friends request them, the libraries will order--they love to hear what their readers want.


Finally, if you know a teacher or a school librarian, please let them know about The Hawaiian Island Detective Club.
Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hau'oli La Aloha!!

A Gorgeous Pink Hybiscus in North Maui
Happy Valentine's Day!!
From Me to YOU--My Faithful Readers

Don't forget to share this special day with the family members and friends you love.

Aloha means hello as well as goodbye, but it also means LOVE. How wonderful to have a word that means all three?? You can say "hello" with love and "goodbye" with love all with the one word.

Celebrate and enjoy this day--maybe with some Hawaiian food?? Yum! Think I may need to cook up one of my recipes from my page, huh?


Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Monday, February 11, 2013

Kids Say Such Great Things


I've been receiving comments from parents and kids about Pineapples in Peril.

I'd love to share with you some of the things they're saying--and would love to have you e-mail me your comments--or comments from the kids in your life. Enjoy!

Also, see what Kimo, age 10, has to say about his experience in Menehunes Missing. Visit Lisa Lickel's Blog! And Lisa and I would love to have you leave a comment!

This is such a great book! –A Fourth Grader
Thank you for writing my favorite book ever! –Emma
I love this book—My favorite book! The best thing about it is the mystery. Annika
I am totally a fan of you! –Amanda
It's the best mystery book I've ever read and I think it's now my favorite book. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. You write good books. –Iyana (age 10)
Your book is awesome! –Jadon
We love your book so far! –Nakkita (the class is reading it at school)
I love the book you wrote and can't wait till the next ones come out. You should write more books for the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series. Annika (age 10)
This is a very good book with some excellent morals we can learn from: like treating your siblings with love and respecting your parents. I really liked Leilani and felt her loss and victories. –Maddie

My daughter, who is not a huge reader, is loving her copy!  She is reading Pineapples in Peril and I don’t have to push her to read the 15 minutes she’s supposed to read every day! –A Mom
My son was super excited to show his class the book that you autographed. He has already finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is already excited about the next book in the series! –A Mom
My thirteen-year-old twin girls just finished reading Pineapples in Peril and both loved the book. One particularly focused on the characters. "I felt like I knew them by the time I got to the end." She also enjoyed how the author built the plot in such a way that kept her guessing. My other twin writes: "What I liked was the never-ending excitement, as well as the atmosphere of intensity growing with every page. I enjoyed how Leilani includes her brother even though he gets on her nerves." –A Mom
Bethany loved your first book! I will be ordering this one for her. –A Mom
The fifth-grade class in library this morning were so excited to check out Pineapples in Peril! Also, a few of the students who had purchased books were carrying them into library. I had one student tell me she has already read it all the way through one time and is in the process of reading it a second time because "it is soooo good!" –C. Reed, Librarian

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013


mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pua Aloalo--


The Gorgeous State Flower!

Also called ma'o hau hele- the state flower of Hawaii. It is the yellow hibiscus.

I spotted many hibiscus plants growing in Hawaii, but was thrilled when I found this yellow one growing in West Maui! Don't you want to just take a big whiff of this gorgeous Pua Aloalo???

Enjoy!

Here's a wonderful article written by Lynda Schab about book two, Menehunes Missing!

Don't forget to check out The Cuffe Sisters Blog with an interview of Kimo, Leilani's pain-in-the-pants younger brother! Enjoy!

Also check out a great interview on Karla Akins' Blog!

Hot Off The Press! check out Karla's Article!

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

--Cheryl
The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
Available NOW!
Book Three—Ukuleles Undercover
RELEASES August 14, 2013

mailto:cheryllinnmartin@yahoo.com