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Hawaiian Adventure

Posted by on February 1, 2013

I’m excited to introduce my guest today, Cheryl Linn Martin. Cheryl is the author of the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series. The second book in the series is set toPineapples in Peril cover release on February 5. Her first book, Pineapples in Peril, introduces three Hawaiian friends–Leilani, Maile and Sam–who solve the mystery of who is vandalizing the fruit at the Tong Pineapple Plantation. It’s a fun read that will not only entertain middle-grade readers but teach them about Hawaiian culture.

Her second book, Menehunes Missing, is due out in just a few days on February 5.

Cheryl, the question we’re all asking is what is a Menehune and how do they go missing?

Menehunes Missing coverThey are Hawaii’s treasured “little people,” kind of like a Leprechaun. As a school fundraiser, Menehune statues are hidden around town. Leilani, Maile and Sam get clues and try to find the locations. But the kids soon discover that the statues are missing from their spots.

What inspired you to write this series?

I have always loved Hawaii ever since I lived there while attending The University of Hawaii. I combined that with my interest in writing for ages 8-12 years and The Hawaiian Island Detective Club was born!

The three books in this series are entitled Pineapples in Peril, Menehunes Missing, and Ukuleles Undercover.

When is Book Three of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club coming out?

Ukuleles Undercover releases August 14, 2013

All right, now let’s hear from one of your characters.

Hey, Sam, what’s it like working with two girls as part of The Hawaiian Island Detective Club?

(Sam shrugs) Leilani and Maile are cool. Except when they pop around and scream like little babies or something. Totally annoying.

What’s was the best part of the Menehunes Missing mystery?

Going to the car repair shop. I just love cars. (He belches.) Leilani and Maile hate the gross, greasy smells in those service garages, but I think it’s totally great. Nothin’ like getting your hands and clothes all grungy. Cars are amazing, even when they make weird noises like my mom’s car does a lot. It’s cool how you can tell what’s going on by the sound. Sometimes it’s a belt, or some—

(I wave my hand) That’s great, Sam. Were there any scary moments for you?

(Sam crunches on some macadamia nuts and nods) For real. That Mrs. Wong is waaaaaay scary. But I know how to talk myself out of any danger from her.

Hmm, yes. Talking, snacking and belching seem to be your favorite things besides cars, right?

Yup. But I also love construction. My dad’s a contractor, so I know a lot about building things.

Thanks for visiting, Sam!

Let’s go back to Cheryl. How can your readers connect with you?Cherylmartinphoto

My website address is

I also have a blog all about Hawaii at

You can also connect with me on my facebook author page at

or on Twitter at

Great! Thanks for stopping by Cheryl. You can order Cheryl’s books now through links on her website or at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite book seller.







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4 Responses to Hawaiian Adventure

  1. Cheryl Linn Martin

    What a joy to be a guest on your blog, Mary! Thank you so much for hosting me, Sam, and the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series! Aloha! –Cheryl

  2. peggy wirgau

    Nice interview, Mary! I LOVE Hawaii, and Cheryl’s books sound like fun reads. I don’t think there are too many MG books with Hawaii as the setting. And it’s good to write what you know!

    • Mary Hamilton

      You’re right,Peggy. Not a lot of MG books set in Hawaii. I’ve read Pineapples in Peril and am looking forward to Menehumes Missing! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Cheryl Linn Martin

      Thanks, Peggy, for visiting and commenting! You’re right, there aren’t mysteries set in Hawaii for that age. The Calvin Coconut books are for a bit younger group and they’re more adventures than mysteries. Aloha! –Cheryl

I welcome your thoughts on this.