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A Beautiful Mind: Henry Opukaiia

Literary

Literary / This curious, charming and slender volume feels incomplete, but then so was the truncated life of the writer, Henry Opukaiia, who died in 1818 at the age of 26 in Connecticut, far away from his Big Island home. Though labeled a memoir, it is annotated by the editors and interspersed with recollections of others who knew the author.


Literary

100 to the Max

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Literary / The 34th-year anniversary of Bamboo Ridge is a triumph. Without losing its pidgin populist edge, this small, independent press has eclipsed the old, academic, Hawaii literary establishment.


Literary

Beyond Gratitude

Literary

Literary / “They must have been stories before they were real, the Hawaiian islands, don’t you think?” asks Brian Doyle in the introduction to this anthology. I was expecting something more literary–on the order of rigorously composed and edited short stories and nature essays, say–from a decade-old writers’ group whose mentors have included W.S.


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Hardbitten Hawaii

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Literary / In detective fiction circles, the name of neophyte author Charley Memminger may never have the same ring as those of Clive Cussler or John D. MacDonald.


Literary

Breaking Bad, Island-style

Literary

Literary / Legal thrillers and police procedurals are my not-so-guilty pleasure. But I tend to steer clear of those set in Hawaii, especially those written by offshore authors.


Literary

Music, Mana and the Outside World

Literary

Literary / The unlikely but convincingly drawn journey of a Kauai-born singer from small-kid time to New York and then, at the heart of this first novel, to Salzburg–just before the Russian tanks approach the city in l968–is catalyzed by her love of music. In Aloha, Mozart, as Maile Manoa progresses from Hawaii child entertainer to a 26-year-old classical performer on the cusp of international success, so does her understanding of the world outside and the intricacies and ironies of success in a culture shadowed by both Mozart and Hitler, moving from high art to the ironies of politics, passions and slowly-unveiled secrets.


Literary

Lit Up by Language

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Literary / Even for the well-versed poetry enthusiast, Chinese poetry can begin and end with the short bangs of “The River-Merchant’s Wife.” But we’ve traveled far from Ezra Pound’s translation of that eighth century love letter. The road from Cho-Fu-Sa veers and switchbacks to the White Terror, the Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square, sweatshop labor, and Richard Gere’s plea for a free Tibet.


Literary

I Dream of Jelly

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Literary / Jellyfish Dreams, an e-novella by Honolulu writer M. Thomas Gammarino, jams a universe of ideas into a tiny package–like maybe 175 kilobytes.


Literary

America’s Opium War

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Literary / Let us now praise the woman warrior. For too many years–centuries, actually–writing about war has been a man’s game.


Literary

Buke Too Damn Good

Literary

Literary / George Orwell once wrote, “At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.” Here, in terms of the books written about Hawaii, we’ve had to wait 53 years for our face to be revealed to us. But boy, is that mirror cruelly accurate.


Memoir

The Life of Bob

Memoir

Memoir / Bob Jones requires no introduction, but he does need an explanation, and that’s what his memoir Reporter provides. What drives this no-small-ego cranky former news anchor, reporter and now columnist?


Memoir

Coloratura

Memoir / This refreshing memoir recounts the young life of the mezzo soprano, and now Hawaii resident, Laurie Rubin, who’s in her early thirties. It opens with the innocuous question asked backstage by a young girl, “Do you dream in color?” For most people, the question would be easy enough.


Memoir

Exiles At Home

Memoir / There are countless stories about Hawaii that have not been shared with the rest of the world. Thanks to Anwei Skinsnes Law, the history of Kalaupapa is no longer one of them.


Memoir

A Chorus of Voices

Memoir

Memoir / This book offers a pluralization of the Kalaupapa story, from the perspectives of those who lived, and still live there, and their descendents. As Ku’ulei Bell succinctly puts it, “We’re the last of the legacy.


Memoir

A Storyteller’s tale

Memoir / After three years of talking story and developing a deep friendship, Elroy Makia Malo, with the help of Pamela Young, wrote a memoir of his rich, inspiring life as one of the last residents in Kalaupapa. The style and tone of Malo’s memoir tap his talents as a celebrated chronicler and poet of Hawai’i nei.


Science & Nature

The Never-Ending Journey

Science & Nature

Science & Nature / KP2, also known as Hoailona, Mr. Hoa, Smoodgey and many other endearing nicknames, almost wasn’t.


Science & Nature

Go Now

Science & Nature

Science & Nature / Instead of sending her children to Outward Bound, Audrey Sutherland drew up a list: “31 things Every Kid Should Be Able to Do by Age 16.” Entry #22: “Be happy and comfortable alone for ten days, ten miles from the nearest other person.” This is how she, as a single parent in Hawaii, raised her four children to be self-sufficient. The solo philosophy is how she explores life.


Children's

Growing Up Hawaiian Style

Children's

Children's / There is a plethora of literature available to young children that will never go out of style thanks to pioneers such as Dr. Seuss, but for Hawaii-specific stories, the classics are a little harder to come by.


Children's

A New Generation

Children's

Children's / In an enthralling tale of two sixth-grade cousins who bump into each other on a field trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, illustrator Roy Chang takes the bold step from teaching art and drawing cartoons to crafting a children’s novel packed with adventure, history, legends and modern twists that combine all the elements of a good story with the magic of Hawaii. Cacy and Kiara, our two heroines in a predominantly-female book, stumble upon an authentic Hawaiian kii (an eight-inch wooden tiki) inside of a lava tube when they get separated from their classmates.


Children's

From Firsts to Feasts

Children's

Children's / Recipes from Sam Choy, Ed Kenney, Fred DeAngelo, Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong and many more world-renowned chefs from Hawaii empower families to cook homemade meals with ease in Gwendolyn Trowbridge’s Hawaii’s Baby & Toddler Cookbook: Recipes with Aloha for your Growing ‘Ohana. For all age groups, not just those the title implies, this cookbook is organized well, from First Foods to Family Feasts.


Food

“The Little Cookbook” Series

Food

Food / Good things come in threes, and in this case, cookbooks are no exception. Mutual Publishing has put out a trio of tiny cookbooks devoted to local favorites, divided by food specialty–rice, bento box and lilikoi.


Food

Laugh, Local Moco

Food

Food / Written by Eddie Flores, Jr., pioneer of the nationwide L & L Franchise, $266 Million Winning Lottery Recipes, L & L Hawaiian Barbecue Cookbook is also a joke book, with every recipe accompanied with a hilarious comic. Illustrated by local artist, Jon J.


Culture

A goddess’ creation

Culture

Culture / An artist’s self-exploration and growth is fascinating, especially when you can see it in serigraph form. Mayumi Oda lives vicariously through her work, and this book documents 45 years of her life.


The Incumbent: Calvin Say

As Speaker of the House, Calvin Say is one of the state’s most powerful politicians. He’s been representing District 20 since 1976, and says he was initially motivated to run “because of my desire to serve the public and improve my community and the State.


Maragogype, Mokka and Catuai, oh my!

This is sleek, hipster-infused minimalism at its best. Even from the outside of its Waikiki storefront, Gorilla In The Café strikes a passerby as unquestionably modern.


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