When Kealaula, or Ala, and her little sister Virgilia are sent to Hawai¿i Island to learn the secret strand of their mother's story, and by extension their own, Ala learns much more than the origin of her own name. "Part bear and part trout," as her father calls her, Vermont-born Kealaula forms indestructible bonds with her cousin Nalu and Melody and George Nunes, whose friendship teaches Ala how a person can be two things at once without being less of either. She has always known that Ke Ala Ula was "the red way," or the path that the sun blazes on the ocean when it sets, but in Waimea she learns that it denotes that same blazing pathway...when the sun is rising over the water. Full of endings and beginnings, Kealaula is a coming-of-age story about growing up, opening up, and letting go.
Kim Cope Tait earned her MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2000. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. She has two novels, Inertia and Bend the Blue Sky, as well as a chapbook of poems entitled Element. Kim also wrote and recorded Lotus Wheel: Guided Meditations for Relaxation and Healing in 2013. Most recently, her full-length collection of poems, Shadow Tongue, was published with Finishing Line Press. Having lived in California, Hawaii, Switzerland, New Zealand, Vermont, and Colorado, Kim now lives with her family and teaches in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California.