A Note from Linda Lee Chaikin, Discussion Questions for Hawaiian Crosswinds, and A Giveaway

Greetings dear Reader: you probably know that a “motif” is a reoccurring thematic element in a story. A reoccurring theme in Spoils of Eden and Hawaiian Crosswinds, books 1 and 2 of the Dawn of Hawaii trilogy, is the motif of an absent father-image. This “absence” is meant to represent a spiritual need in the story people who will find satisfaction in either reconciliation or personal fellowship with God as Abba Father. Can the disturbed hear the true voice of God, who calls them in the cool of the evening to walk with Him as Father in a renewed spiritual paradise of faith and redemption?

“I ascend to my Father and ( because of Christ’s death and resurrection) your Father.” “….And I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians. 6: 17, 18.

How does this theme apply in varying and differing degrees to: Eden Derrington and Rafe Easton, to Eden’s cousins, Zachary, Silas, and Candace Derrington, and to Rafe’s close friend, Keno Hunnewell?

Rafe Easton:

1. Rafe Easton’s father was deliberately left to die after an accident, and his gentle mother unwisely married Townsend Derrington, the man Rafe suspected of murder. As a boy, Rafe could never prove his suspicions. He was bullied by his step-father and watched Townsend manipulate his helpless mother. When Rafe grew into his late teens he suddenly left Hawaii on his first youthful voyage to French Guiana searching for the famous but illusive pineapple slips. Do you think he actually knew about the pineapples to introduce on the islands? Or was he running from the growing hatred simmering in his heart for Townsend, who’d robbed him of the father he’d loved and respected and also controlled his future inheritance. Was Rafe fleeing the desire to kill Townsend and reap revenge? How do you think Rafe was able to handle his hatred for such injustice and robbery?

2. Later, with pineapple success in Honolulu, Rafe Easton began to reestablish Matt Easton’s name on the Big Island. Did he do this to goad Townsend and his other competitors in the Derrington family?

3. What do you think actually motivated Rafe to save baby Kip on the shores of Molokai and adopt him? Do you think Rafe’s own experience as a helpless boy may have motivated Rafe to want to protect Kip and even adopt him? Do our sufferings have a spiritual harvest of good and evil? Who decides the outcome of the fruit of our experiences?

4. Do you think Rafe is suspicious about who may be the true biological parents of Kip? Is he uneasy? Do you think this is the reason why he wants to adopt Kip as soon as possible?

5. In Spoils of Eden, Rafe was determined to stop Eden Derrington from going to the leper colony to work with her father. In Hawaiian Crosswinds Rafe has come to an agreement with Eden to support her desire for a time. Why do you think he changed? Or did he? Does he now understand the emotional need Eden has in gaining her father’s acceptance?

6. When Eden is abducted and her death apparently imminent, Rafe apparently lost control of his hatred for Townsend. He said he would kill him if Townsend took the last thing in his life he loved. What do you think? How evil is the sin nature? Why do we need to be filled with God’s Word and His Spirit?

7. Do you think Rafe will actually grant his friend Keno his share in Hawaiiana pineapple plantation so Keno will have an inheritance with which to marry Candace Derrington?

Eden Derrington:

8. Is Eden Derrington finally coming to see the emotional dangers in her father’s naïve insistence that he can save his wife Rebecca from her fate of leprosy? Then why does she still feel committed to work at his side on Molokai?

9. Why was Eden so afraid to tell Rafe who it was she saw in Hunnewell’s garden the night a spy for Queen Liliuokalani prowled? Important papers were stolen identifying those who were working to make Hawaii a part of the United States. What was Eden’s motive for refusing to cooperate with Rafe? When she had to choose whether or not to fully trust him with her fears, what obstacle do you think was finally removed between her and Rafe?

10. What will it take to convince Eden to marry Rafe before she goes to Molokai with Dr. Jerome? What did she discover the night of the fire when Rafe’s beloved Hanalei plantation was burning? Can any good emerge from the dying ashes of dreams and the hate of others heaped upon us? Is it ever so dark in our lives that God cannot deliver?

Keno P. Hunnewell:

11. Keno Hunnewell is Rafe Easton’s closest friend. They are like brothers. Keno suffers from a feeling of rejection by the big haole planters because of his lack of a legal “birthright.” But what all important birthright means the most to the woman who loves Keno, Candace Derrington?

12. Keno’s lack of a personal father and denied rights of birth in the wealthy Hunnewell family seem huge to him. In contrast, Keno can point to the spiritual realization that all of us can become legitimate children of Father God through His Beloved Son, Jesus Who is Heir of all things. Who would you rather be, a child of the richest oil sheik in the Middle East or a joint heir with Christ for all eternity?

Zachary and Silas Derrington:

13. What is the cause for cousin Zach’s anger and jealousy toward the arrival of his halfbrother Silas Derrington? Do you think Zach is insecure? If so, why do you think so? Does his need for acceptance from his father Townsend justify resentment and jealousy toward Silas?

14. Why is Silas resentful and cynical toward the while Derrington family? Does he want to make a rift between Zach and their father Townsend?

15. Zachary and Silas are jealous of each other. They are at odds, trying to win first place with their bullying father, Townsend Derrington. What are they looking for in the relationship with Townsend? Will they find it in the godless symbol of Cain? (Townsend)?

16. Why is Townsend so hard on his son, Zach? Why does he prefer Silas? What does this say about his role as a father? Should a father ever show favoritism to his sons and daughters? Why? Why not?

Candace Derrington:

17. How is Eden’s cousin Candace different from the other Derrington cousins when it comes to her deceased father whom she never knew? Could it have anything to do with the privileged relationship she has enjoyed with Grandfather Ainsworth? Did Eden and Zachary have this privilege?

18. The glorious hymn “Abba, Father!” would send the souls of Eden, Rafe, Keno and the others in Hawaiian Crosswinds to the spiritual heights if they heard it! Do you know why it would thrill them? Have you ever heard this song? If so, what does it mean to you?

Last thought from the author:

Through Christ, God is now our Father. We are members of God’s household. Home is where God is. The Lord Jesus made all this possible for each one of us who trust Him as our one and only Redeemer. For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross to bring many sons home to the Father. Isn’t the love of God awesome? His loving arms are outstretched to you. Come, Home awaits us. Abba Father.

Respond with a thought or two and you will be entered to win both Spoils of Eden and Hawaiian Crosswinds. The winner will be announced on Tuesday the 5th.

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  1. sound like great books i wish i could read them!

    • Jenn
    • December 4th, 2011

    I really liked how the theme throughout this series so far is about our Father being the father to the fatherless children. All the characters including Eden, Rafe, Candace, Keno, Zach and Silas have all experienced a loss of a father one way or the other. Even though Eden’s father is still very much alive throughout the story, he has been absent from her childhood therefore having been raised by Rafe’s uncle and aunt.
    I can tell Linda has poured empathy into her writing and this is what makes the story realistic. The emotions from all the characters of missing out on a father’s love as a child has a devastating effect on them as adults. Having never experienced a fatherless childhood, it makes me realize how blessed I am to have a father as I do.
    I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of this series and I am really praying that everyone who reads Linda’s stories will know the depths of characters and the love she has for history as well as for her Father in Heaven.

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