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The Sequel to The White Ships

Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, will be released in an exclusive collectors’ edition in September, 2014. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson liner era, The Grand Manner of Matson will be offered for pre-sale in May, 2014 on the well-known crowd-funding website, This initial offering will be on a first-come, first-served basis and feature options to purchase signed copies of the book with other very special white ships-themed items. Check back here for details, or subscribe to be notified when the campaign officially launches.

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March 5, 2012
The first ever documentary of the history of Matson's passenger ship era is currently in post-production. Release details will be announced soon.
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The White Ships won a Ka Palapala Po'okela award in 2009
(Hawaii Book Publishers Association)


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Matson the Mouse!
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Share the Matson Line History with your children!

Matson the Mouse is a new children's book by White Ships author Duncan O'Brien's about a mouse sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. Lurline.

It's a beautifully illustrated children's story about the real-life Matson Line passenger ships that once sailed between San Francisco and Hawaii. Suited for children of all ages, the story follows the adventures of a curious young mouse as he sneaks onto the S.S. Lurline to travel to Honolulu with his best friend, Sprecks the Seagull.

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Our first-ever behind-the-scenes video! Catch a glimpse of illustrator Robyn Drage hard at work on the book, to the musical accompaniment of Kawika Alfiche's beautiful new song, "Ho'i Hou Mai"
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See San Francisco with Matson the Mouse! A rollicking mouse-cam tour of Matson's hometown.

Music by Jill Sobule and Kawika Alfiche.