On our last trip (Feb/Mar 2006) I went of some kind of wild reading marathon. On our 15 day trip I read about 9 books, most of which I oicked up in Maui. It's great fun to read novels about the area you are in, and when you read them again, it takes you back.
Check out the courthouse bookstore in Lahaina. The man who runs it is a delight, and he has a number of books on or about or set in Hawaii, including a mystery series by Barbara E. Sharp set in Lahiana. You need to by it there because I looked everywhere for it and could only find it in this bookstore. Of course, Borders also has a nice selection of books.
Here were my choices:
*Perils of Paradise: Rita Beamish (true stories of survival)
*Shark Bites: Greg Ambrose - in honor of the shark attack while we were there - also true stories
*Murder on Molokai: Chip Hughes - pretty good
*Maui Whispers: Rick Olson - good
*The Last Smythe - A Lahaina Mystery: Barbara Sharp (haven't read yet)
*The Tattoo: Chris McKinney - haven't finished
*Hawaii's Humpback Whales - available at OCean Center and PWF - very technical - haven't read whole thing - very intersting but very scientific
*Kona- A Novel of Two Gernations in Hawaii: Marjorie Sinclair - my favorite - very, very good.
Check these and many others out - Happy reading!!