Monthly Archives: November 2011

Book Launch & Signings for KAPOHO: A Memoir of a Modern Pompeii

Under the Rising Sun, | The enemy came | Wearing my face.
My face changed forever that Sunday afternoon…The day Mr. Ito went running around the village with the news was the day my face no longer belonged to me.

Join us to celebrate the launch of
KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii
by Frances H. Kakugawa
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
6pm – 7:30pm
Native Books at Ward Warehouse
Reading & Light Refreshments
Free & Open to the Public

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In KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, her fifth release from Watermark Publishing, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the Island of Hawai‘i—a town that no longer exists. From the wartime drama of “The Enemy Wore My Face”—recalling her instant transformation to distrusted “Jap” after the bombing of Pearl Harbor—to the sweet poignancy of “A One-Chopstick Marriage”—the story of her parents’ relationship—Frances weaves a tapestry of memories drawn from life in a Hawaiian plantation village now buried beneath a blanket of lava.

KAPOHO will be available in bookstores and direct from Watermark Publishing online beginning December 7. To learn more, visit our online shop.

Additional signing events where you can meet Frances and get KAPOHO before Christmas:

Saturday, December 10 | 11am – 12pm
Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall
4211 Waialae Ave.
(808) 737-3323

Saturday, December 17 | 11am – 1pm
Book Gallery, Hilo
259 Keawe St.
(808) 935-4943

Saturday, December 17 | 3pm – 5pm
“A Writer’s Pen” Workshop—The Writing Process and Memoir Writing
East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo
141 Kalakaua St.

Sunday, December 18 | 1pm – 2pm
Basically Books, Hilo
160 Kamehameha Ave.
(808) 961-0144

Book Launch for Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New

Join us to Celebrate the Release of
Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New
an Anthology of Modern Mo‘olelo
edited by Christine Thomas

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 • 6pm – 7:30pm
Mission Houses Museum • 553 S. King Street
Light Refreshments • Free street parking after 6pm
Readings begin promptly at 6:30pm
Friends & Family Welcome • Open to the Public

RSVP Requested
RSVP at our Facebook Event Posting or
email dawn (at) or call (808) 534-7170

Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New will be available in bookstores and direct from Watermark Publishing online beginning December 12. To learn more about this fascinating collection of stories, where old meets new as Hawai‘i’s best writers—including Ian MacMillan, Maxine Hong Kingston, W.S. Merwin, Victoria Kneubuhl, Alan Brennert and more—present favorite myths and legends in surprising contemporary settings, visit our online shop.

Holiday Signings for The Hawai‘i Book of Rice

Join us at one of these fun events leading up and into the holiday season where author Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi will be signing copies of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. Pick up a copy and pair it with a bag of rice or a rice cooker for a great holiday gift!

Our own warehouse is completely sold out of this title, so these four events may be your only shot at getting this fantastic book for the holidays!

Chef Wayne Hirabayashi's (The Kahala Resort) Ahi Poke Musubi, one of the 101 "rice-ipes" in the book.

Sat., Nov. 19, 1:30pm – 4pm

Book Signing
Ala Moana Shopping Center Customer Service Center
FREE book w/ qualified dining purchase for Restaurant Week Hawaii (see Ala Moana Center’s website for more details)

Wed., Nov. 30, 4pm – 6pm

Book Signing, plus Demo by Chef Jim Moffatt (Bar Acuda and Living Foods Market)
Kukuiula Farmers Market at The Shops at Kukuiula
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka, Koloa, Kauai

Fri., Dec. 2, 2pm – 4pm

Book Signing
Kauai Museum
4428 Rice St., Lihue, Kauai

Sat., Dec. 17, 11am – 1pm

Talk-Story and Book Signing
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
2454 S. Beretania St., Honolulu

A portion of the sales from The Hawai‘i Book of Rice benefits the Hawaii Foodbank to aid the organization in feeding those in need.

Get a FREE Hawai‘i Book of Rice at Ala Moana Center during Restaurant Week!

From Nov. 14 through 20, Ala Moana Center will be serving up a ton of special dining promotions and pricing for the Fourth Annual Restaurant Week Hawai‘i, a weeklong celebration of cuisine in the Islands. Diners will enjoy special menu items and a variety of delicious regional dishes made using locally grown farm-to-table produce. Participating Ala Moana Center restaurants include everyone from fine dining eateries such as The Pineapple Room, Mariposa and Morton’s the Steakhouse, to casually chic spots the likes of Blue Hawai‘i Lifestyle and Longhi’s, and fast food favorites such as McDonalds.

Get a FREE copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice by dining* at any two different participating Ala Moana Center restaurants from Nov. 14 to 20, 2011, and presenting your receipts during the same time period at the Customer Service Center. Limit one per person, while supplies last. Recipes from Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Chef Marc Freiberg (Pan-Roasted Salmon with Basmati Wild Rice) and The Pineapple Room Owner/Chef Alan Wong (Dried Scallop Risotto) and Pastry Chef Michelle Karr (Kaffir Lemongrass Jasmine Rice Sorbet) can be found in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. View the complete list of participating restaurants here.

Meet author Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi at a book signing on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Customer Service Center. Have your book signed and receive a FREE Book of Rice rice paddle while supplies last.

Restaurant Week Hawai‘i supports the initiatives of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head, a four-year program designed to train Hawai‘i’s future top chefs, and cultivate the local restaurant and hospitality industry.

*Food and beverage purchase required.


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