Coconut Wireless

From the breathless shelter of the coconut thatching amidship, Graydon looked out at the hard green shore line of Malaya and the blue mountains beyond, hazy with distance. Fishing praus sculled slowly over the flats inshore; ...

Author: Ray F. Kauffman

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781839742705

Category: History

Page: 205

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Coconut Wireless, first published in 1948, is a World War II novel set in the Far East. The book follows an American, Graydon, in his counter-espionage efforts against the occupying Japanese forces. Featuring many authentic details of the region and exciting action scenes as the hero infiltrates enemy territory, completes his missions and eludes capture, the book is based, in part, on author Ray Kauffman’s own experiences with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during the war. The book’s title refers to the quick movement of news and gossip in the tropics. Kauffman is also the author of Hurricane’s Wake, an account of a round-the-world voyage in a 45-foot sailboat.

The Coconut Wireless

A laugh out loud funny adventure travel memoir, full of adventure, and wonderfully descriptive.

Author: Simon Michael Prior


ISBN: 0645118702


Page: 256

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When Simon and Fiona embark on a quest to track down the Queen of Tonga, they have no idea they'll end up marooned on a desert island. No idea they'll encounter an undiscovered tribe, rescue a drowning actress, learn jungle survival from a commando, and attend cultural ceremonies few Westerners have seen. As they find out who hooks up, who breaks up, who cracks up, and who throws up, will they fulfil Simon's ambition to see the queen, or will they be distracted by insomniac chickens, grunting wild piglets, and the easy-going Tongan lifestyle?

Island Song Lyrics

Coconut Wireless (08/26/2002) (#186) Today, it has become to me quite clear This is not just another tropical year Our feelings are not just a fraternity The love we share belongs to eternity You may not hear it on the island radio May ...

Author: Larry W. Jones

Publisher: Larry W Jones

ISBN: 9781410746535

Category: Music

Page: 512

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At Home and in the Field

Through the “coconut wireless,” information can speed from one end of the island to another in less than an hour, despite a lack of phones. I unveiled my grandmother story that day over lunch. While dining on fresh fish with my host ...

Author: Suzanne S. Finney

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824847593

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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Crossing disciplinary boundaries, At Home and in the Field is an anthology of twenty-first century ethnographic research and writing about the global worlds of home and disjuncture in Asia and the Pacific Islands. These stories reveal novel insights into the serendipitous nature of fieldwork. Unique in its inclusion of "homework"—ethnography that directly engages with issues and identities in which the ethnographer finds political solidarity and belonging in fields at home—the anthology contributes to growing trends that complicate the distinction between "insiders" and "outsiders." The obligations that fieldwork engenders among researchers and local communities are exemplified by contributors who are often socially engaged with the peoples and places they work. In its focus on Asia and the Pacific Islands, the collection offers ethnographic updates on topics that range from ritual money burning in China to the militarization of Hawai'i to the social role of text messages in identifying marriage partners in Vanuatu to the cultural power of robots in Japan. Thought provoking, sometimes humorous, these cultural encounters will resonate with readers and provide valuable talking points for exploring the human diversity that makes the study of ourselves and each other simultaneously rewarding and challenging.

Educated Fiji English

And Honolulu, despite a population of around 300,000 people, was a small town where the coconut wireless operated faster than certified news sources. The verb to coconut wireless is the result of a noun-to-verb conversion and re- ...

Author: Lena Zipp

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027270771

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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This volume contains a comprehensive corpus-based study of prepositional constructions in written Fiji English. It explores the endo- and exonormative dynamics of norm-giving and norm-developing varieties and contributes to our understanding of structural nativization and variety formation in a multi-ethnic setting. The book provides an account of the sociolinguistic development of English in Fiji against the backdrop of the country's colonial and post-independence history, with special focus on the Indo-Fijian part of the population. Drawing on the written sections of the Indian, Great Britain, New Zealand and preliminary Fiji components of the International Corpus of English, quantitative and qualitative analyses of prepositional phenomena are conducted on the word level (frequency, semantic effects and stylistic variation), phrase level (productivity in verb-particle combinations), and pattern level (prepositions and -ing clauses). The book will be relevant to scholars interested in lexico-grammar, variety and corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics in general.

Gallivanting On Guam

Damn coconut wireless, nothing spreads faster than a rumor on an island. ... Randy is a true marketing professional, using the power of the people and in this case, the 'coconut wireless' word of mouth network to spread news.

Author: Dave Slagle


ISBN: 9781456603083

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 426

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Gallivanting on Guam is a humorous and entertaining narrative of a man who moves to Guam to become the general manager of Tropics Gym. Immersing himself into the local culture he succumbs to a lifestyle of philandering and learns to balance his troubles with humor and personal growth while working for a corrupt businessman from a wealthy family. Readers will enjoy both the historical references and situations that the author recounts in this captivating semi- autobiographical, story.

80 Years of Memories of Life in Hawaii and Beyond

One form of communication in Hawai'i is what residents call “the coconut wireless.” Often when asked, “How did you know that?” the reply would be “I heard it on the coconut wireless.” There's no mystique in this communication; ...

Author: William Harrison Wright Jr.

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781490771779

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 124

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There are several underlying factors that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor. After Japan invaded Manchuria (1931) the League of Nations (1933) condemned the Japanese for their aggressive action that prompted their delegation to walk out of the organization. Ignoring all previous agreements, the Japanese Government (1936) embarked on a massive expansion of their naval force. In December 1937, while escorting American oil tankers along the Yangtze River, Japanese aircraft sank the USS Panay. Although there was no retaliation the United States State Department made a strong protest. In 1938 Japan closed its “Open Door” policy prompting the United States to renounce its trade treaty with Japan and placed an embargo on metal exports to Japan. In May 1940, with tensions rising throughout the Pacific, Pearl Harbor became the main Pacific base for the United States fleet. In July 1941 the United States placed an embargo on all strategic exports to Japan and froze Japan’s assets in the United States. While WW2 stories are a big part of this book, there are many other events, places and people that are brought to life in this autobiography.

Loyal Subject

The African country cousins of their city counterparts did what they could to pass information along about the Americans through an underground, cable extension of the “coconut wireless.” These informants initially came together on an ...

Author: James H. Nisenson

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781639370177

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Loyal Subject? By: James H. Nisenson Military maneuvers and comedy have one thing in common: Timing is everything. Samuel C. Horsenail has just been discharged from the British Navy, landing in Boston in May 1772, a little over two years after the Boston Massacre. With his guile, Horsenail is able to purchase a “hardscrabble” farm just outside of the city, but he must indenture himself and his family to the land—that means his wife gets to come to America, but her battle axe of a mother comes too. As the American Revolution sweeps through the colonies, the fast-talking con artist Horsenail toes the line between loyal subject and new-world patriot, playing both sides of the battlefield in a two-sided cloak. Embarrassingly funny and shockingly topical, this good-natured spoof of the American Revolution is one part fact and three parts farse.

Fire Prayer

Storm wondered what tidbits of information had drifted along the coconut wireless to arrive at this remote spot. He seemed to have been expecting them. Local courtesy required the trio to go through a brief ritual of getting to know ...

Author: Deborah Atkinson

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781615950041

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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DIVStorm Kayama and her partner Ian Hamlin are excited to get away from Honolulu for the weekend. While they will both be doing work on this trip, it is a much needed break from the routine. Storm is supposed to check on an old friendas diabetic son. This should be easy, but when the boyas mother, Jenny Williams, turns up dead, Storm must find the boy before the murderers do. In the meantime, Ian is investigating the disappearance of Brock Liu, the son of an Oaahu shipping magnate. Are Jenny Williamsa death and Brock Liuas disappearance related? Or are they both linked to an older unsolved crime?/div

Dragon Walk

The coconut wireless pegged the hubby as presumptuous. Who else would enter a closed space with a Komodo dragon for a macho photo op, except for a guy needing to demonstrate dominance over nature's potential with no regard for the ...

Author: Robert Wintner

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510736740

Category: Nature

Page: 332

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The three main hubs of aquarium trade devastation are Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hawaii. Each has its own sad story of political corruption and theft of natural resources to benefit a greedy, ruthless few. Yet, despite facing a litany of challenges, each hub shows faint hope for progress: with Komodo National Park in Indonesia, a few bright lights in the development of Philippine reef management, and an anti-aquarium campaign taking hold in Hawaii. A beautiful coffee table photo book is one thing. Dragon Walk is a political grenade, willing to name culprits, political assassins, and nitwits with less spinal fortitude than most invertebrates. Dragon Walk is far more vital; a no-holds-barred grapple with evil and reef devastation that shines a light where others fear to tread.