Contains Twenty One Love Stories of Couples falling in Love on Waikiki Beach.
Romancing Waikiki contains twenty-one intriguing original love stories of people falling in love on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. The romances evoked by the most famous beach in the Pacific go back to 1901, when the elegant Moana Hotel was opened to welcome visitors and has continued to be a presence on the beach. This selection of love stories, written in Waikiki coffeehouses, spans the period from the Second World War to the present and covers all ages, from a coming-of-age teen romance to senior citizens who discover love has no expiration date. While the stories are fictional, they have threads in the sand of Waikiki Beach and beyond. Matters of the heart can be found in the footprints in the sand, a letter fluttering across the beach, remnants of a sandcastle, an army nurse waiting, and a homeless woman blowing out a candle. The author lives in Waikiki and has spent more than two decades in Hawaii, the source of his inspiration for these love stories that stir feelings of joy and tears.
A breathtakingly beautiful story of first love – a poignant validation that true love burns the brightest, but the brightest flames leave the deepest scars. African diamond adventurer Nick Parker returns to his high school reunion in California’s vineyard country in search of answers to a girlfriend’s unkept promise. Nick discovers a life-changing secret that launches him on a mission transcending time and physical beauty, and tests the limits of human commitment – culminating in the discovery of the eternal meaning of life. With the vineyards of Northern California and the lush Hawaiian landscape as his backdrops, author Charles Johnson weaves a tale full of dreams of youth – and the reality of age. Told through flashbacks, diary entries, and good old-fashioned storytelling, Nick’s story takes on a life of its own in Reunion Promise. From safaris in Africa to dancing in Venice, his is a remarkable tale of searching for the one thing that could make his life complete – the love of a woman from his youth.