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.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Aloha Writers Conference

Also happening this weekend is the Aloha Writers Conference. Congratulations to everyone who registered and is attending this event. If you’re reading this, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the conference. Drop us a line!

Friday, January 18

  • Tom Peek reading from Daughters of Fire – This gathering is free and open to the public. Tom Peek’s debut novel picks up Hawaii’s story where James Michener left off. Three Hawaiian women–a young activist, an anthropologist, and an aging seer–call forth their deepest traditions to confront an extravagant resort development. A visiting astronomer stumbles into their world, falls in love with the anthropologist, and enters a Polynesian realm of volcanoes, gods, and revered ancestors. But a murder on the lava and an impending eruption expose deep rifts in paradise. Baldwin Museum (Dickenson & Front St., Lahaina); 7:00 P.M. For more informatoin, contact Koa Books, 808-875-7995 or www.koabooks.com.

Saturday, January 19

  • Friends, Books, Music: THE SALE – Presented by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii it’s the fourth annual “Friends, Books, Music – THE SALE,” book & music sale! Over 10,000 records will be on sale PLUS thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS and more. Proceeds help to support all fifty of Hawaii’s public libraries. Harbor Warehouse (past Keawe St. and Forrest Avenue); 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. For more info, contact the Friends of the Library of Hawaii at info@friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org or visit friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org.
  • Friends of the Waialua Public 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. Call (808) 637-8286 for more info.
  • Meet the Author: Elithe Kahn, Ph.D. – The Kaua`i Museum introduces a new staple: the first installment of their “Author Series” opens today as they proudly present the works of Kahu Elithe Aguiar Kahn, Ph.D., author of HA Breathe!. Kahn teaches proper breathing techniques and pono (proper intent). Her book covers three breath forms widely practiced in the past, that are almost nonexistent today1. Workshop & Presentation from 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m; Meet the Author book signing from 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. Kauai Museum Courtyard; 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
  • Hanafuda, Hawaii Style – Author Helen Nakano will share the stories of “Uncle Uchida of Frog Lane” and “How the Rabbit Got to the Moon.” Instructions for playing the local version of this old Japanese card game will follow in the second half of her presentation. This two-hour program is recommended for all ages. Registration is not required. Manoa Public Library (Oahu); 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. For more information, call 988-0459.
  • Healthy Food is Tasty Food – Adults can learn how to prepare foods for eating such as chocolate, saimin, eggs, butter, pork, rice, and desserts in a delicious and nutritious manner. Madden will discuss techniques for shopping and cooking foods for weight loss and chronic disease prevention.  Food samples for tasting, recipes, and a resource guide will be provided. Hawaii Kai Public Library (Oahu); 10:30 A.M. For more information, call 397-5833.
  • READ to a dog! – Hawaii Canines for Independence Therapy Dog Teams will be at the Library every Saturday in January. Reading to a Therapy Dog builds reading confidence, strengthens literacy skills, and it is a lot of tail wagging fun! First through sixth grade children can sign up for ten-minute reading sessions. Children must be on time to prevent losing the opportunity to read to a dog.  Hawaii Canines for Independence is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides people with physical disabilities specially trained dogs that will give them the freedom and confidence to live more independent lives!  Makawao Public Library (Maui); 3:00 P.M. For more information or to register, call 573-8785.
  • Meet Award-Winning Artist Matthew Holm – Matthew Holm is an award-winning children’s literature artist from Portland, Oregon. He has been drawing comics since he was a middle school student in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Holm is co-creator of two children’s graphic novel series with his sister Jennifer: the award-winning “Babymouse” series and the Indiebound-Bestselling “Squish” series. His latest creation Extreme Babymouse is the 17th book in the series about Babymouse, a female heroine. Holm will share information about his life and career, and tips for aspiring comic book artists. This program is suitable for ages 7 and older. McCully-Moiliili Public Library (Oahu); 6:00 P.M. For more information, call 973-1099.
  • Tom Peek reading from Daughters of Fire – This gathering is free and open to the public. Tom Peek’s debut novel picks up Hawaii’s story where James Michener left off. Three Hawaiian women–a young activist, an anthropologist, and an aging seer–call forth their deepest traditions to confront an extravagant resort development. A visiting astronomer stumbles into their world, falls in love with the anthropologist, and enters a Polynesian realm of volcanoes, gods, and revered ancestors. But a murder on the lava and an impending eruption expose deep rifts in paradise. Seven Hawaiian Voices, Aloha Writers Conference, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; 6:30 P .M. to 9:00 P.M. For more informatoin, contact Koa Books, 808-875-7995 or www.koabooks.com.

Sunday, January 20

  • Friends, Books, Music: THE SALE – Presented by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii it’s the fourth annual “Friends, Books, Music – THE SALE,” book & music sale! Over 10,000 records will be on sale PLUS thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS and more. Proceeds help to support all fifty of Hawaii’s public libraries. Harbor Warehouse (past Keawe St. and Forrest Avenue); 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. For more info, contact the Friends of the Library of Hawaii at info@friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org or visit friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org.
  • Tom Peek reading from Daughters of Fire – This gathering is free and open to the public. Tom Peek’s debut novel picks up Hawaii’s story where James Michener left off. Three Hawaiian women–a young activist, an anthropologist, and an aging seer–call forth their deepest traditions to confront an extravagant resort development. A visiting astronomer stumbles into their world, falls in love with the anthropologist, and enters a Polynesian realm of volcanoes, gods, and revered ancestors. But a murder on the lava and an impending eruption expose deep rifts in paradise. Friends of the Library, Queen Kaahumanu Center (Ground floor near Sears, Kahului); 1:00 P.M. For more informatoin, contact Koa Books, 808-875-7995 or www.koabooks.com.

Monday, January 21

  • Friends, Books, Music: THE SALE – Presented by the Friends of the Library of Hawaii it’s the fourth annual “Friends, Books, Music – THE SALE,” book & music sale! Over 10,000 records will be on sale PLUS thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS and more. Proceeds help to support all fifty of Hawaii’s public libraries. Harbor Warehouse (past Keawe St. and Forrest Avenue); 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. For more info, contact the Friends of the Library of Hawaii at info@friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org or visit friendsofthelibraryofhawaii.org.
  • M.I.A. Art & Literary Series – Poetry, Music, Fiction, Arts! All ages, bar is open wth ID. This month readers will include Timothy Dyke, J. Freen, and Christine Thomas–contributors from Dont Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New from Watermark Publishing. Parking is available in their parking lot or additional parking can be found at the warehouse next door at 839 Queen Street, where it says Wesellthings4u. They also recommend parking on Ward or Cooke Street. Fresh Cafe (831 Queen Street); 7:30 P.M. For more info, visit MIAHonolulu.com

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.

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