It’s time…it’s time…it’s Book End Time! Welcome to this week’s Book End, highlighting the week’s literary and library events here in Hawaiʻi.

Support our local literary scene and our local libraries by attending these events.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, April 13

  • See “Blue,” New HTY Play - The Honolulu Theatre for Youth will present “Blue,” a new stage production by Annie Cusick Wood. Admission is free. The show introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age appropriate theatrical experience. The 45-minute performance is recommended for ages 3 and older. Preschool-age children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Mililani Public Library (95-450 Makaimoimo Street); 12:30 P.M. For more info, call 627-7470.
  • Author Event with Dietrich Varez: Pele and Hi’iaka, A Tale of Two Sisters – Merrie Monarch Friday is Pele & Hi’iaka Day at Basically Books! Join them as they welcome author and artist Dietrich Varez, who will stop by to talk story and sign his new illustrated retelling of the Pele and Hi’iaka legend, Pele and Hi’iaka, A Tale of Two Sisters published by Petroglyph Press.  Basically Books (Hilo); 1:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.

Saturday, April 14

  • Making the Most of the Golden Age of Reading: A Conversation With Honolulu Children’s Author Sue Cowing – It’s a great moment: that day when children finally begin to read independently but still enjoy being read to from books they can’t yet read themselves. Sue will share the process of creating her three books, all aimed at these golden readers.  Sue Cowing’s debut puppet-and-boy novel, You Will Call Me Drog [read our review], is included in the 2012 edition of Best Books to Read Aloud With Children of All Ages (available on NOOK). She has also published a book of original poems, My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii’s KidsBarnes & Noble Kahala Mall (4211 Waialae Avenue); 7:30 A.M. For more info, click here.
  • Friends of Waialua Library Book Sale - Friends of the Waialua Public Library holds a book sale at the library every 3rd Saturday of the month!  There is also a bake sale at the book sale. Join the Waialua Friends in supporting the Library and find cheap books and ono treats!  Waialua Public Library (67-068 Kealohanui St.); 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  For more info…
  • Friends of the Library Kona (FOLK) Book Sale - FOLK host a book sale on the second Saturday of each month with a few exceptions.  F.O.L.K. Members receive 20% off Lanai Sales.  Proceeds from the sale will go to help fund Kona libraries.  The book sale will be held on the library’s lanai. To volunteer email: booksales@folkhawaii.com. Kailua-Kona Library Lanai (75-138 Hualalai Rd.); 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  For more info, visit the FOLK website.
  • Tales with Aunty Brenda – Storyteller Brenda Freitas-Obregon, Children’s Librarian at Kalihi-Palama Public Library, will present various folktales and stories from around the world.  Program is suitable for ages 3 and older; all children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Hanapepe Public Library; 10:00 A.M.  For more info, click here.
  • Stories from Around the World with Dave Del Rocco – Storyteller Dave Del Rocco, a former HSPLS librarian, will present folktales from Hawaii and other places such as Africa, Alaska, Italy, Laos, and the Philippines.  Kailua Public Library; 10:30 A.M.  For more info, call the Library at 266-9911.
  • The Art of Taiko (Japanese Drums) – Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, “The Art of Taiko.”  Endo, a composer, leader, and performer of contemporary taiko (Japanese drums) will introduce the various drums and percussion instruments of Japan that are used in traditional and contemporary music.  Aiea Public Library; 11:00 A.M.  For more info call the Library at 483-7333.
  • See “Blue,” New HTY Play - The Honolulu Theatre for Youth will present “Blue,” a new stage production by Annie Cusick Wood. Admission is free. The show introduces the idea of tolerance and understanding in an age appropriate theatrical experience. The 45-minute performance is recommended for ages 3 and older. Preschool-age children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Kailua Public Library (239 Kuulei Road); 12:30 P.M. For more info, call 266-9911.
  • Children’s Storytime at Hawaii State Library – Every Saturday at the same time.    For children ages 3 & older.  Hawaii State Library, Edna Allyn Room for Children; 10:30 A.M.  Call 586-3510 for more information and to check.
  • Stories on Stilts and Other Tall Tales – Storyteller Ben Moffat will present a storytelling experience using stilts, masks, and puppets in a fun performance for the whole family.  Kahului Public Library; 2:00 P.M.  For more info, call the Library at 873-3097.
  • The Tempest -  Join members of the company of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the next production of Aloha Performing Arts Company, for a sneak preview of the show. The actors will show us scenes from the play as Prospero wields his deep magic to punish his enemies, to control his spirits, and to fight with Caliban, a creature of the island.  Come explore their production as Prospero’s mighty powers must give way before the Tempests of the human heart.  Set sail with The Tempest by William Shakespeare, presented by the Aloha Performing Arts Company, April 27th – May 12th. Kailua-Kona Public Library (75-138 Hualalai Rd.); 2:00 P.M.  For more info, call 808-327-4327 or visit this website.

Sunday, April 15

Happy Tax Day!  Hope everybody remembered to do their taxes.

  • The Friends of Pearl City Library’s Sunday Special – The Sunday Special book truck is located in the lobby of the Pearl City Public Library near the Friends’ Bookshelf. This week’s special:  Hardcover non-fiction are $1.25 each.  All proceeds from this sale are for the benefit of Pearl City Public Library. Pearl City Public Library is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 453-6566.

Remember, all events listed above may be subject to change. Please contact the venue beforehand if you plan on attending. We encourage you to click on the links that are included with the events in the time line above. More events can be found on our Hawaiʻi Book Blog Events Calendar. You can also keep up with events through us on Twitter by following @HawaiiBookBlog.

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please leave us a comment here or e-mail me at aalba@hawaiibookblog.com. Mahalo and have a great weekend!