Lahaina Harbormaster Aloha Jones and her sister Amoré finds a dead body while scuba diving off the island of Lanai. As the Public Information Officer for the Navy at Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor, Amoré hopes the death is not a result of underwater sonar testing. When two dead dolphin wash into the harbor her defense of the Navy’s practice wears thin, especially as a group of environmental activists known as the Mad Kows, stage public protests.
At the same time, Aloha crosses paths with her ex-husband, biker, and undercover DEA cop, Eddie Aquilae. Unfortunately, it’s while she is sorting through her relationship with Maui Marine Mammal Center director, Christian Rogers. It’s his assistant, Dr. Dick Head, found floating. A death that should have been a tragedy, is largely unmourned, even by Aloha’s friend, Brita Beamer, who had been dating the doctor. Brita’s ex-boyfriend, ‘Awī’wī, is the officer tasked with investigating the case.
The time she spends dancing hula helps to keep Aloha grounded between scuba diving misadventures with Amoré. Her beloved companion, Wharf, with his constant stealing of food, often undoes her moments of peace. The paperwork and politics of her job continue to nag on her soul as she better understands what it means to be part of Hawai’ian bureaucracy versus her previous life in the Coast Guard.
Ultimately, it is Aloha’s group of friends old and new, from black coral divers to a visiting psychiatrist, who help her unravel the mysterious death of Dr. Dick.
About the Author: Kim Roberts has written for The Daily Planet, Western-Farmer Stockman, Ocean Observer, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, Discover Diving, Log Home Living, RV Life, American Fitness and the Leavenworth Echo where she won the Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association Best General Column award. Roberts and her husband Blain formerly owned Lahaina Divers on Maui. Together they founded Westport Winery on the Washington coast where they live within their Vineyards By-the-Sea.
Cover photo: Blain Roberts