Aloha, Friends: Cathryn Cade Takes us to Hawaii

We know, we know. Summer’s over. That means it’s probably time to start planning our next tropical vacation — if only in our minds, right? So when we saw that Cathryn Cade’s latest Hawaiian Heroes novel, Blooming in the Wild, received 4 ½-stars, we figured the author would be the perfect virtual tour guide. So sit back and let your computer take a vacation to beautiful Hawaii …

Ah, Hawaii. Where to 'live aloha' means to relax, be friendly, enjoy life.

This spring, we moved back to North Idaho. As I unpacked, I found a shopping list from our last Hawaiian vacation, used to bookmark a beach read. 'Kona coffee, mai tai mix, avocado, pineapple, mango, papaya, post cards'. Aloha! I wish that could be my shopping list every week. Not many meal fixings, because in Hawaii it's nearly as cheap to eat out and put those leftovers in a cooler for lunch the next day. You have places to go.

Cathryn and her husband


A man making octopus lures at Pu'uhonua


Sugar Beach in Maui

On your tropical vacation, do you prefer more natives than haoles, or tourists, live volcanoes, wild valleys and the best snorkeling on the islands? Then visit the Big Island, home of the fictional Ho'omalu brothers in my Hawaiian Heroes. When we visit, we stay near Magic Sands Beach, where bodysurfers play. Choose a condo that's makai, oceanside, and enjoy morning coffee and evening mai tais with the surf at your feet.

Motorized surfing on Maui

For golden sands and gentle surf, drive north to Hapuna, rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Hapuna Beach

South along scenic Mamalahoa Highway lies Honaunau. My husband Don rented snorkel gear and cruised the sheltered bay. Lava flows line the shore with black rock. With less sand, the water is clear and bright, highlighting the tropical rainbow of fish, eels, octopus and the occasional small shark that live on the reef. If you're lucky, da nai'a, spinner dolphins, will come in for a rest after a night of hunting. They may even swim over to watch you. Don't touch, as they're wildlife, even with those smiling faces.

Tired of the water? Walk around the corner to Puuhonua o Honaunau Historic Park, an authentic replica of a native village. Take a day trip up to the top of Hawaiian goddess Pele's volcano, and tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You may see live lava, and you'll hear some beautiful legends.

Ancient footpath, South Kona Coast

As you can tell, I love Hawaii. But if you can't make it there in body, I hope you'll pull up a chair and visit in a story. What better way to spend a chilly fall or winter day, right?


- Cathryn Cade

If you’re now longing for tropical paradise while stuck at your desk, why not pick up a copy of Blooming in the Wild? It’s out now online and in stores. And for more paranormal goodness, be sure to visit our Everything Paranormal page.