Cult of Ku (Paperback)
A Hawaiian Murder Mystery
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781517345389, 274pp.
Publication Date: January 2, 2016
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About the Author
With Cult of Ku, Hawaiian author Bill Fernandez turns from his memoirs to write a murder mystery set in 1920 Honolulu. A retired California judge, Bill presided over hundreds of criminal cases. Educated at Kamehameha Schools for children of Hawaiian ancestry, Bill attended Stanford University and its Law School. Bill's new book weaves together Native Hawaiian political issues, plantation labor conflict, forbidden Hawaiian martial arts, and the power and racism of the Caucasian political elite in the islands at the time. His legal career adds authenticity to the story. Bill's interest in Native Hawaiian history and culture led to his role as president of the Kaua'i Historical Society, a series of talks on Hawaiian history and sovereignty, and his writings. Bill also serves on the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Commission, the board of a social service agency, Hale 'Opio, and recently contributed to a book on Kapa'a by Arcadia Publishing. Bill and his wife Judith continue to work together on historical projects and promoting his books. Bill's book talks are quite unique: he begins with a chant in Hawaiian, then proceeds with a colorful powerpoint slide show which is enhanced by his baritone voice singing oldtime songs.