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Lani Haluki is the daughter of Gunnar Haluki, former leader of Quill. Her main focus is writing and storytelling, which she is best at. She is a love interest of Alex Stowe in the first book. Currently, she is the love interest of Samheed Burkesh, ever since The Unwanteds: Island of Fire. Her group of best friends are Alex, Meghan, and Samheed. She played a major role in the Quill VS Artimé war as she kills the High Priest Justine. She is the second youngest known Unwanted to be Purged. She is a current Artiméan. She has lost use of her legs after a terrible injury in The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons, but a contraption designed by Aaron allowed her to walk again.
Lani is the second youngest known person to be Purged, as she was Purged at just age 12. Her younger brother Henry Haluki was purged at the age of 10. She lived in the Governors Sector with her dad, Gunnar Haluki, mom, and Henry. When she was little, she would make up stories and tell them to anyone who would listen, which is what got her eliminated. During her childhood, she lived a fairly happy and comfortable life, and didn't understand why her family allowed her to be eliminated.
The Unwanteds Edit
Lani is one of the kids purged Unwanted. On the bus ride, she is connected to Alex by a long chain and is crying bitterly that her father would let her get eliminated. When they exit the bus, Alex and Lani have a quick and memorable exchange.
"I'm Alex, it'll go quickly."
"Lani. And no it won't."
She quickly befriends Alex Stowe and Meghan Ranger. and develops a crush on him which will later turn into a complicated relationship.
After she is "eliminated" to Artimé, she becomes interested and throws herself at every subject, excelling in almost every one equally, except for theater. Lani becomes friends with Meghan, Alex, and Samheed and they form a small group of friends. After a period of time, she was promoted to Magical Warrior Training before Alex and uses her spells to tease and prank him to get his attention. Alex becomes angry and cuts off his friends almost completely for six months after being hurt again by Lani. During Magical Warrior Training, Alex becomes friendly with his group again.
Alex then gets a new clue on finding Aaron and sees Quill, once again cutting his group of friends off. 3 days later, after the incident, Lani storms into his room and gets Alex's attention again after telling him that he can't just kiss Lani and not love her.
After Alex exposes Quill by meeting Aaron again, Lani plays an important part in the war. She shoots her father, but fortunately does not kill him. Later she finds out that he was a spy for Artimé in Quill. She is the killer of the High Priest Justine, who is also Mr. Today's sister. After the war, Alex's and Lani's romantic feelings are hinted again when Alex plays with Lani's mango scented hair. She likes Alex, but it was mentioned that he ignored her when Meghan was around.
Island of Silence
In The Island of Silence, it is a year after "The Unwanteds". Mr. Today tells Alex Stowe that he should be the leader of Artime after Mr. Today is dead. Alex doesn't know what to say, so he tells his friends.
But unexpectedly, a raft comes crashing at the shore, and Lani, Alex, Meghan, and Samheed save two teenagers from a Western island called Warbler. A girl and boy, who Alex calls the "Silents," are taken to the mansion hospital wing quickly.
Meghan also feels a little sad because her brother is slowly shutting her out. Lani says that Meghan should get away for a while, so she, Meghan, and Samheed use Ms. Morning's boat to go and have an adventure.
But this adventure, is not what they were expecting...
They land on an island with no sound at all. They have no idea what is going on until someone shoots them all with a sleep dart. Lani wakes up and hears Meghan screaming because people are sewing thorns in her neck, so she cannot speak. Lani lets Meghan get away from the people, but she and Samheed (who is still knocked out from the sleep dart) are still trapped, with people sewing thorns in their necks.
While all of this is happening, Aaron Stow is trying to overthrow High Priest Haluki, so that he could earn his "rightful place" as ruler of Quill. He teams up with the Restorers of Quill, where they are hiding out in High Priest Haluki's house. Back in Artime, Alex Stowe and Claire Morning are arranging a vacation for Mr. Today, so that he can go back to his home land, Warbler. Before Mr. Today left, he said that he would visit Gunnar Haluki, and that Claire can tag along, too. Mr. Today goes to Gunnar's house and is murdered by Aaron Stowe, and Claire is captured.
Alex, who has no idea that Mr. Today is dead yet, finds out that the boat is missing and goes with Simber to the island that they landed at. There, he finds the boat, and a weak Meghan hanging onto it. Alex takes her home, but halfway through Simber's flight, he freezes and falls face first into the ocean. Alex manages to get Meghan back to Artime, and finds out that Samheed and Lani are still missing on the island, and that Artime has disappeared.
Everyone is counting on Alex to bring Artime back, and to rescue Lani and Samheed. Back on the island, Lani and Samheed are unable to speak and are stuck in a dark room, waiting for help to come.
A brillant clue that Mr. Today leaves for Alex is deciphered by Alex, Sky (the Silent girl), Crow (the Silent boy), and Henry. Soon, Alex discovers the key to saving Artime from the dangers beyond that monexistent gate.
Island of Fire
At the beginning of the book Lani and Samheed are trapped on an island.
The painful thorn necklaces that make you unable to speak that have been put on Meghan, Sky, and Crow are put on Lani and Samheed. Samheed and Lani are put into a very dark cave, and they form a bond tighter than friendship. Samheed has developed romantic feelings for Lani (that Lani shares).
When Lani is taken out of the cave, away from Samheed, Samheed loses most hope and becomes very depressed. When he is taken out of the cave as well, he discovers that he and Lani will be put to work on the Island Of Silence (Warbler Island). They are both relieved to see that both of them are alive, and silently, they both figure out that they kind of love each other. When they are allowed to learn the sign language of Warbler, they use that and the secret tapping lanuage they created in the cave.
The reason Alex and the other Unwanteds have not saved them is because when Mr. Today died, the whole of Artime is gone and It has taken over a month for Alex to restore it. In this process, he falls in love with Sky, a beautiful girl from Warbler island. He sometimes thinks of Lani and feels guilty, and he still knows that he is attracted to her, even the slightest bit. But he doesn't know what has happened between Lani and Samheed.
When Alex and some other Unwanteds save Lani and Samheed, Alex gets a small clue that Samheed and Lani have a different connection then before. When they are back on the ship and Lani hears the news that her mother is dead, Alex expects that she will want him to hold her in his arms and comfort her, but instead she turns to Samheed and holds out her arms. He picks her up and comforts her with soothing words and keeping her close to him in a hug, which feels slightly more romantic and caring then friendly and normal. Alex's heart breaks slightly, but then he realizes his strong feelings for Sky.
When Alex is injured because of the bold rescue, He knows that Samheed and Lani are spending most of their time together. When Sky tries to leave Artime, Alex swims out to her despite his injuries and admits his true feelings for her. She agrees to stay in Artime for the time being.
When the new Unwanteds start rolling in, Alex, the new head mage, starts the tradition of an annual Masquarade ball. During the ball, the people from Warbler Island try to take Lani, Sky, Samheed, and Crow back to Warbler Island.
Island of Legends Edit
Lani helps to fight off the attackers and then goes with the rest of the group to rescue Copper from Pirate Island. While inside the reverse aquarium, she spots a map in a display case and observes an eighth land mass in the corner of it. As nobody in the archipelago knows of the existence of anything beyond the archipelago, Lani is confused by the existence of this land mass, which is later revealed to be either America or Japan.
Later, the group votes on where to go next and decide to sail to the unknown areas they haven't been to. They end up sailing into a waterfall, and they aren't able to turn around. They fall down the waterfall for a while, and then their ship is turned upside down and upright again. They are all too exhausted to even move, so it takes a a while before they notice the island of shiprecks.
Island of Shipwrecks Edit
Lani helps Alex get throughout the book, but isn't a main character like in the past books.
At the end of the book, in the last battle against Aaron and the Restorers, Meghan, Lani's best friend, dies, and leaves Lani to mourn her.
Island of Dragons Edit
In the final battle, Lani was stabbed in the back by a pirate while fighting and her legs were disabled. When she caught Alex's eye, she would "exchange a sad look" at each of their losses. After, she was given a machine where she could use magical buttons to move along as swiftly as she always had.
Lani is described as being very creative, thoughtful, imaginative, and smart. She likes to learn new things and come up with ideas. She is a dreamer, and always strives to do what's best. She is clever and brave, and she also is shown many times to be annoying since she has no trouble arguing about her opinions. In the first book, she used to complain and whine about many of her problems. But she eventually grew out of her annoying faze and matured after Warbler and the first book, adding in all the wars she'd been through. She cares deeply about her friends and family. She loves to read, write, and tell stories. She is also willing to kill for justice, like when Alex wouldn't kill Gondoleery, she and Samheed volunteered to. She is observant and overall fun and friendly.
Lani has olive skin, big eyes and long eyelashes, and long straight black hair. She is notably smaller and shorter than her friends as she is one year younger and was purged at the age of 12, while everyone else was 13. Her eyes used to be blue but are now orange because of the acid-eye drops put in everyone from Warbler. In Island of Dragons, Kaylee guesses her ancestors were Hawaiian or Polynesian or possibly even a little of Asian roots when looking at her appearance.