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The Complete Works of Armine von Tempski
Historic and Romantic Books Set in Hawaii

Armine von Tempski wrote two autobiographies, seven romantic or historic novels, and three books for young people. All of her books were written between 1927 and 1946 and all of them were set in Hawaii and based on her experiences growing up on a cattle ranch on the slopes of Maui's Mount Haleakala. In the 1980's and 1990's Ox Bow Press reprinted her complete works, making them available to a new generation of readers.

Autobiographies by Armine Von Tempski

Born in Paradise
Born in Paradise - the Autobiography of Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: June 1985 (reprint of 1940 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 342
DIMENSIONS: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: One of the favorite books of old Hawaii, Born in Paradise is the first volume of the autobiography of Maui native Armine von Tempski. Von Tempski vividly depicts the lavish and wild pattern of island life in the early years of the twentieth century.


Aloha
Aloha - Autobiographical book by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: June 1988 (reprint of 1946 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 235
DIMENSIONS: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: The sequel to Armine Von Tempski's book Born in Paradise, Aloha brings the reader the tender saga of von Tempski's struggles with the challenges of launching her literary career, dealing with the death of her adored father, and providing a livelihood for her younger brother and sister.



Historic and Romantic Novels by Armine Von Tempski

Hula
Hula: A Romance of Hawaii - book by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: June 1988 (reprint of 1927 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 368
DIMENSIONS: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
BINDING: Paperback
Armine Von Tempski's first published novel is set in Hana,Maui in the early 1900's. PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Colorful, sensual tale of Hula Calhoun, the daughter of a Hawaiian Planter who sidesteps the dissolute influence of her father through the guidance of her Uncle Edwin, who prefers a more natural existence to the society life of the family. Although Hula is adored by Harry Dehan, a boisterous rounder, she becomes infatuated with Anthony Haldane, a young English engineer who comes to supervise the construction of a dam on the estate. Haldane remains distant, however; and when saving her from a runaway horse, he informs her that he is married. At her birthday party, the brokenhearted girl turns to Dehan, and in a drunken frenzy she provokes Haldane by her dancing; he then promises to obtain a divorce, but Mrs. Haldane appears. Hula's jealously bribes the foreman to dynamite a spot near the dam, convincing the wife that her husband is ruined. Haldane's wife agrees to the divorce, and he is free to marry Hula.


Dust
Dust by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1991 (reprint of 1928 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 333
DIMENSIONS: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Dust is the tale of a dedicated youth who attempts to reconstruct the island of Kahoolawe. Saxon Kingsley, von Tempski's hero, battles with opium runners and fights his own mysterious past to forge a new world, a "world he created out of dust."


Fire
Fire by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: November 1992 (reprint of 1929 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 344
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Alma falls in love with a Hawaiian cowboy and struggles with the prospect of leaving her family and the life she has always known for the man she wants to marry.


Hawaiian Harvest
Hawaiian Harvest by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1990 (reprint of 1933 edition)
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.0 inches
NUMBER OF PAGES: 337
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Hawaiian Harvest is von Tempski's historic fictional account of the beginnings of the pineapple industry on Maui. Arriving home from World War I, a young man finds that his brother has turned over control of the family's cattle ranch to an unscrupulous pineapple grower. This story details the struggle of the two brothers against each other, and against the forces of good and evil.


Ripe Breadfruit
Ripe Breadfruit Armine von Tempski book AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: November 1992 (reprint of 1935 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 376
DIMENSIONS: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Von Tempski takes us to the Hawaiian estate of Lani-o-akua where strange mystical powers shape the lives of a family Patricia Trevellyan ruined the life of one man, denied her son his heritage, and tries to shape the life of her daughter, Lynette, to her own ends. But Lynette is determined to work out her own destiny, and struggles to become her own person.


Thunder in Heaven
Thunder in Heaven by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1990 (reprint of 1942 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 361
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Written against the colorful background of Kona, Thunder in Heaven contains the essence of the island people themselves: warm-hearted, loving, carefree, and at the same time capable of feeling and enduring the deepest griefs with a simple faith.


Lava
Lava by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1991 (reprint of 1942 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 301
DIMENSIONS: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
BINDING; Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Lava is the story of an island paradise suddenly tortured by a terrific earthquake and volcanic eruption. A young man, aimlessly travels the world, stops in Hawaii, and is rudely shaken out of his role as a mere spectator by the devastating eruption, which destroys the farm of a girl he has learned to love.



Young People's Books by Armine Von Tempski

Pam's Paradise Ranch: A Story of Hawaii
Pam's Paradise Ranch - book by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1992 (reprint of 1940 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 333
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches.
READING LEVEL: Age 9-12
BINDING: Paperback
Young readers will enjoy this exciting tale of life on a huge cattle ranch in the Hawaiian islands. Von Tempski brings her own experience of Hawaiian living and horsemanship to this well-crafted novel. Pam's Paradise Ranch is an engaging story of escapades of young people, filled with realistic illustrations and a wealth of information on the Hawaiian islands.


Judy of the Islands: A Story of the South Seas
Judy of the Islands - Armfine von Tempski Hawaii Book AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
ILLUSTRATOR: Carl Burger
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1992 (reprint of 1941 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 279
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
READING LEVEL: Age 4-8
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Judy and her mother are traveling to Australia on a Pacific oceanliner when an explosion separates them. Captain Bill rescues Judy after four days at sea, and she becomes enchanted with life on the Pacific atolls. Von Tempski gives an accurate and colorful description of the customs and everyday life in the South Seas.


Bright Spurs
Bright Spurs - Hawaii Book by Armine von Tempski AUTHOR: Armine Von Tempski
ILLUSTRATOR: Paul Brown
PUBLISHER: Ox Bow Press
DATE PUBLISHED: September 1992 (reprint of 1946 edition)
NUMBER OF PAGES: 283
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
READING LEVEL: Age 4-8
BINDING: Paperback
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Von Tempski has created Bright Spurs from her autobiography, Aloha, changing the writing and age of the characters to suit younger readers. After the death of their father, two young women earn a living by turning their gracious Hawaiian estate into a dude ranchfor tourists. Paul Brown illustrates this story of independence, courage, and love for horses.



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