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Come see us at the annual
Hawaii Book & Music Festival!
Saturday, May 18 (10AM – 5PM)
Sunday, May 19 (10AM – 6PM)
Honolulu Hale Grounds
This year, our booth has moved and we’ll be right next to the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion, where all weekend long, authors and experts will talk about “Telling Lives” in a series of discussion panels centered on the theme of memoir and biography. Several of our own Watermark Publishing authors will be taking part on the panels, and if you’re interested in publishing your own memoir, come talk to us about our new imprint, Legacy Isle Publishing!
Our booth is located in the new “Hawaii Publishers Village” so you can shop not just our books, but the rest of the local publishers’ as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to score great deals, support the Island publishing industry and discover new books from local authors! We already said “great deals” but we just can’t emphasize enough the fantastic bargains you’ll find on books! (Scroll down to the end of this post for a special coupon offer from us.)
Here’s a look at which of our authors will be taking part in the Festival and where you can find them:
Makia Malo with Pamela Young & Jeff Gere
My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa
Sat., May 18 | 10AM
Talk-Story and Reading
ALANA Hawaiian Culture Pavilion
Andrew Catanzariti, illustrator
Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
Sat., May 18 | Noon
Children’s Book Read-Aloud
Illustrating Children’s Books Discussion
Keiki Read-Aloud Pavilion
Gail Miyasaki & Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board)
Japanese Eyes, American Heart — Vol. 2
Voices from the Home Front in World War II Hawaii
Sat., May 18 | 3PM
“Living Memory — Honoring the Past”
Telling Lives Discussion Panel
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars
Sun., May 19 | 3PM
“Perfect Pitch — Telling Musical Lives”
Telling Lives Discussion Panel
Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion
And, as promised, here’s a special savings coupon for you! Bring it to our booth on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, and we’ll give you $10 off your $25 purchase. (Sorry, but the discount does not apply to purchases of our super bargain priced used books, and cannot be combined with other offers.)
Can’t make it to the Festival? We’re sad to hear we won’t see you. But you can still get a 25% discount on our books by shopping online during the HBMF week (May 13 through 19). Free shipping on all orders over $25. Use coupon code HBMF13 at http://www.bookshawaii.net. (Excludes our used book selections.)
Watermark Publishing and Alan Wong’s Restaurants are pleased to collaborate with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i to present an event honoring mothers (and all those other women who raised us) and their role in our food heritage.
Inspired Food: The Roots of Hawai’i Cuisine, a brunch & talk-story with Chef Alan Wong & Arnold Hiura will take place Saturday, April 27 (10AM – 1:30PM) at the JCCH Manoa Grand Ballroom. This limited-seating event will include a talk-story presentation by Chef Alan and Arnold on the roots of Hawai’i cuisine and the roles their own mothers’ food played in their lives.
This will be a fun and unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day a little early — ahead of all the crowds!
This event is a fundraiser for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i; proceeds from ticket purchases benefit the Center. Seating is limited to 200 guests; individual tickets are $125, or reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $2,000.
Each ticket includes:
- Brunch (tasting stations by Alan Wong’s; entrée selections prepared by Pagoda Floating Restaurant; coffee by Pavaraga Coffee and chocolate truffles by Choco Le’a)
- Choice of either Chef Alan’s The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong OR Arnold Hiura’s Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands
Table purchases also include reserved seating; open seating for individual tickets. To purchase tickets, call (808) 945-7633 or email email@example.com.
Chef Alan and Arnold will be autographing books following their presentation; additional copies of their books will also be available for purchase, to help benefit the Center.
Get a good start in the Year of the Snake by learning more about how to apply feng shui principles to your life! Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i and Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens will be giving the following lectures in the upcoming months:
The Kealakekua Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on the principles of feng shui on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30pm.
The lecture will address the differences between schools of feng shui, explain chi energy and how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow. Englebert explains why some energy is considered negative and how to deflect it. Additional lecture topics include furniture selection and placement, locating powerful spots within a room, and dealing with clutter. Tips for relationships and prosperity are emphasized, and examples specific to Hawai‘i homes allow a clearer understanding of how to apply the principles in the Islands.
The Hilo Public Library will present a free one-hour lecture on applying the principles of feng shui in your garden to create positive energy in your home and life on Saturday, April 6 at 2:30pm.
Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home. Englebert explains chi energy and shows how to attract and maximize its beneficial flow, stressing the importance of the approach to the home. He tells why some energy from neighboring structures is considered negative and how to deflect it. Emphasis is placed on harmonizing the home with the surrounding landform. The examples are specific to Hawai‘i homes, and to the landscape, climate, and culture of the Islands, allowing a clear understanding of how to apply feng shui principles here. He also explains which plants to select and where to put them.
Join us at the January 2013 M.I.A. Art & Literary Series evening on Monday, January 21 at Fresh Cafe’s Loft in Space (831 Queen St.), 7:30pm – 9:00pm, to hear readings from Don’t Look Back editor Christine Thomas and contributing writers, Timothy Dyke and J. Freen. The event is free and open to the public.
To whet your appetite, here’s a teaser taste of the three authors’ stories. (Click through for longer excerpts.)
Timothy Dyke’s story, “No Look Back,” inspired the anthology’s title. His take on the legend of Māui the Fisherman:
I’m trying to construct a tale about my friend, Logan Cabrera. It’s difficult for me to look back at all the events that happened between us and find one clear instance of narrativelaunch. I could begin on the day we met, or on the day I was born. I could focus on the way the trouble started. I could start with the morning I came out of the closet. I could begin today and move backward.
Back in the day, there was a high school teacher and a former student. Once upon a time, I drove the kid out to Sand Island when he was strung out on OxyContin. I could begin with the moment I picked up the telephone. I could describe the afternoon in Phoenix when I watched him snort heroin through the shaft of a ballpoint pen. Or I could start, as I often do, by wandering off on a tangent connected to some recent conversation from English class.
I teach an elective for high school seniors called “The Bible as Literature.” Early last semester, I was talking to my students about the story from Genesis about Lot and his wife. I find that story hard to analyze, and I was asking the kids in my class to explain specific plot points. Some of them have it in their heads that God destroyed Sodom to purge his land of gay people, and while I wasn’t necessarily trying to contradict their upbringings, I was attempting to steer them toward a more nuanced interpretation.
“Hey,” I asked my class as we got to the part where Lot’s wife turns to a pillar of salt. (She would have been fine if Lot had resisted the temptation to turn around and check on her.) “Doesn’t this remind you of the Greek myth of Orpheus?” They looked at me with mild recognition. “In Greek myth, Orpheus goes down to the underworld to rescue his lover, Eurydice.” I saw a kid move a thumb toward his iPhone, but I ignored him. “Do you all know this story?” Most did, but some didn’t, so we etched out important details: Orpheus is allowed to take Eurydice from Hades, but he’s told that when he exits the underworld, he’s not to look back at her. He starts walking and, as he gets anxious, he turns around to gaze behind. Eurydice disappears, never to return again. Erica, the girl with the mushroom design on her hoodie, announced that a Māui story went the same way.
J. Freen’s modern version of the legend of O‘ahu Nui, the Cannibal King, and the ‘Ai Kanaka has been popular at our past reading events:
Try GoogleEarth 1188 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Take off from above the mainland, cross the Pacific in a second or two—makes you kind of dizzy the first time. Before you know it you’re above the harbor, coming in, coming in, mouse in hand—hold it—hovering above the office tower on the corner of Beretania and Bishop, at the gateway to the city’s financial and legal district. Lots of stuff goes on here, interesting stuff, but to find out you need to climb out of your computer screen, put on some clothes, some shoes, and hit the street for real.
It’s a toasty January morning in the city. You feel the sun on your face. You are standing on the corner, looking up at the steel and glass tower. In front of you is a short, dark-haired fellow dressed in a bland aloha shirt and neatly pressed slacks—the uniform of the local businessman. His name is Case Izumi. Follow him. He won’t notice you because, actually, you’re still back home, staring at the screen, dressed only in your underpants. I was just kidding about making you do anything realworld today.
His finger is on the button for floor number 21 and up we go. Suite 2110 is to his right, the door with the tasteful sign that reads: Alvin Alakawa, Attorney at Law. Push the door open, and the warm and pleasing face of the receptionist greets the visitor.
Her name is Kilikili, which means “fine misty rain” in Hawaiian. The kind of rain that often fills Nu‘uanu, the big valley behind downtown, in the morning and evening of a day like today. Kilikili’s last name is Pulena, a famous name in Hawai‘i, the family name of a long line of kings and nobles. She is proud of this but more proud, truth be told, of her two sons, Kai and Kawika, aged six and seven—kids she has raised as a single mom ever since their dad took off and left her to fend for herself, which she did, landing a job with big-time attorney and politician Al Alakawa. For six long years now she has been Al’s factotum, a fancy Latin word that means slave treated like dirt.
Editor Christine Thomas was inspired to assemble an anthology of re-invented Hawaiian legends when she discovered that a story she had in the works bore similarities to an old Hawaiian myth:
Pua taps on the redwood door of Kai’s room, and then shouts her brother’s name loud as she walks in. The room is dark, the afternoon sun blocked by a coarse bamboo shade; when she rolls it up, Kai’s deep voice cracks, asking her to close it again. She hears but acts like she doesn’t, leaning over the bed to peer at his face, casting a new shadow over him. She keeps her voice crisp, not wanting to betray worry or acceptance of what could still just be elaborate self-pity.
“What you doing? I have for go school or work ev-ery frick-in day and you just lying in bed whenever you like. No fair.”
“How ’bout I lie down and you go serve grumpy mainlanders at that dumbass Convention Center. ’Kay? Get up or you going be late.”
The mattress dips as she squeezes in beside him and then shakes as she forces a laugh. But when humor provokes no movement or response, the knots return to Pua’s stomach, tentacles tightening. Tutu leans her head in, then vanishes.
“You okay? Should I be worried?”
“It’s nothing. Just go. Go to work.”
“Tutu says you’re not eating. And you sit in here all day, see nobody or even talk. I mean, alone time is one thing, but…”
“You need to eat, Kai. Get fresh air.”
She stares at the ti leaves outside the window, can almost feel the heat soaking into the soft fibers. She gets up and turns on some music. Still nothing.
She is definitely going to be late, and if it’s even one minute they dock her pay. So she asks the inevitable question, utters the name she thinks will rouse her brother and allow her into his thoughts.
“Is it Eliza?”
We’ll be joining other local publishers and vendors at the following fun holiday sale events — come down and see us for some great deals on our most popular titles and our exclusive gift sets you won’t find in stores! Shop local this holiday season!
Saturday, December 1
Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
7:30am – 11:00am
Find us at the KCC Culinary Department Booth (Row E)
Saturday, December 8
Bess Press Warehouse Sale
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3565 Harding Avenue (parking available in the municipal lot across the street)
Other participating local publishers: Bamboo Ridge Press, Bess Press, Belknap Publishing, Bishop Museum Press, Kamehameha Publishing, University of Hawai‘i Press
Wednesday, December 12
Downtown Holiday Book Fair
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In front of 24-Hour Fitness and Territorial Savings, at the corner of King and Bishop Streets
Other participating local publishers: Bamboo Ridge Press, Bess Press, Kamehameha Publishing, Slate Ridge Press, University of Hawai‘i Press
Friday, December 14 – Sunday, December 16
Honolulu Gift Fair
3:00pm – 9:00pm (Fri.), 9:00am – 9:00pm (Sat.), 9:00am – 5:00pm (Sun.)
Find us at Booth #341, at the corner of Tinsel Thoroughfare and Poinsettia Promenade
Can’t make it down in person? Shop online! Place your order by December 14 for guaranteed Christmas delivery. Always free shipping for orders over $25 at our online store!
Five tips from Rosalie K. Tatsuguchi, Ph.D., author, Why Smart People Do the Same Dumb Things: Causes and Cures from Buddhism and Science
- Step back. In order to break the cycle and stop repeating your mistakes, you must first recognize and admit that things are not working.
- Embrace change. You must be adaptable enough to admit when you are wrong and brave enough to make the correction, even if it makes you uncomfortable.
- Stop being a human sacrifice. Our society’s unspoken rules mandate helping others, even if they hurt you and are unappreciative of your sacrifice. Giving time, energy and money to unappreciative friends, family members and coworkers is a common bad habit.
- Nurture Yourself First. Nurturing yourself is vital. It’s like putting on your own oxygen mask first before you help other passengers on a falling plane. If you don’t, you become part of the problem instead of part of the solution.
- Speak up and stand up. There’s nothing wrong with a selfless sacrifice every now and then. It is when you continue to allow others to take advantage of your reluctance to say “no” that you end up in trouble. Don’t hesitate to say, “No, I cannot do this.”
Meet Dr. Tatsuguchi at her book signing on Thursday, November 15, from 10AM to noon at the Kuakini Hospital Gift Shop (347 North Kuakini St.).
Our little friend Wordsworth the Mouse has been very busy lately. He (with the help of Frances Kakugawa and illustrator Andrew Catanzariti) has a new adventure for you to read, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, has visited the Big Island and planted his very own koa tree with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, and has started up the Wordsworth Plant A Tree Society! Phew, that’s a lot for a small mouse to do!
Wordsworth’s new book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! comes out on November 1. You can meet Wordsworth and Frances at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, at 1PM on Saturday, Nov. 3, when Frances will read from the new book. Purchases made on that day will help benefit the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa Children’s Center.
A second reading will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‛i. The children’s book reading begins at 11AM, but Frances will be holding presentations throughout the morning. Visit our website for the full schedule, along with a listing of her other events.
As Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! begins, we learn that Wordsworth’s life has been full of changes — his best friend Emily has moved away, a new girl from Japan named Akiko is sitting in Emily’s chair at school, and worst of all, a bulldozer has invaded Wordsworth’s special koa grove where he thinks up new poems. What should Wordsworth do?
“I would want someone to be nice to Emily,” thinks Wordsworth. So he and his friends, Eliot and Dylan, invite Akiko to teach them about Japanese poetry. And what a good thing, too, because it is Akiko who has a clever idea to save the neighborhood trees from being knocked down.
In the book, Wordsworth’s favorite tree is a koa tree. We purchased a tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, where it will grow on private conservation land, helping to provide a habitat for native wildlife and preserve our natural resources. As luck would have it, Frances was able to take Wordsworth out to the Hamakua coast to plant his own tree! Here are a few photos from Wordsworth and Frances’ tree planting adventure:
In the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Frances and Wordsworth ask readers of all ages, far and wide, to each plant a tree in their own community. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Frances writes. “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”
Wordsworth wasn’t the first one to plant a tree in honor of his new book, though. Frances’ niece, Tammy Antonio, planted her Wordsworth tree quite a while ago, and it’s already as tall as she is! Tammy planted a native ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree with beautiful orange blossoms in her garden in Hilo.
Because she planted the first of what we hope will be many Wordsworth trees, Tammy gets to be Member #1 in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Frances hasn’t signed it yet, but here is the certificate that Tammy will receive.
If you would like to be a member of Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society and receive your own membership certificate, all you need to do is plant a tree for Wordsworth in your community (your backyard, your school, etc.) and post a photo of you with your tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page. Please also tell us where you planted it and what kind of tree it is. (You can also email it to Wordsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Storyteller and Kalaupapa resident Makia Malo had a busy week late last month, promoting the release of his memoir, My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa, co-written with veteran broadcast journalist Pamela Young.
First, Makia and Pamela paid a visit to Pamela’s home station, KITV, to talk with morning anchor Jill Kuramoto. Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos (see more at our photo album on Facebook) and watch the news clip here.
A real trooper, Makia got up early again (along with his wonderful friend and caregiver Sheldon, who drove Makia to all his events) to visit the Hawaii News Now station. This time, storyteller Jeff Gere accompanied Makia.
Jeff and Makia talked to morning anchor Tannya Joaquin about the new book and the upcoming book signing event. Makia got a great surprise when his grand-niece, Alyssa, stopped in to say hello! Alyssa works for Hawaii News Now and said she looked up, saw the monitor and said, “That’s my uncle!” She rushed over to the studio say hello. Makia is the last of her grandfather’s siblings still living.
Makia’s whirlwind of events culminated in the reading and book signing held at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, on September 29. Pamela Young and Jeff Gere read from My Name is Makia; Pamela read a portion of the introduction she wrote for the book, and Jeff read some of the stories Makia had invented, as well as some of the “memory vignettes” from the final section of the book.
Dozens of people of all ages turned out to celebrate with Makia and get a copy of his memoir. Each copy was hand-stamped with Makia’s signature (because of the damage Hansen’s disease has wreaked on his hands, Makia has extreme difficulty holding a pen. We scanned a copy of his signature and made a large stamp so he could leave his imprint on each copy) and personalized by Pamela, who then added her own signature.
Makia started by saying a few words of appreciation, and paying tribute to those friends and family he had at Kalaupapa who have passed on. Here’s a short clip of Makia:
Jeff reads from the final vignette of the book, called “Cemetery Gardens.”
A partial transcript of the excerpt Jeff reads from:
There are gardens in the place called Kalaupapa. Gardens of headstones and wooden crosses, sculpted pieces and crypts that lie like pages of an open ledger, whose accounts have never been measured in assets, just liabilities. One life per headstone; one life per cross.
Some of the gardens are clearly marked, enclosed by fences or the occasional low stone wall. There are many signs of those who were buried when the Homestead gave in to political expediency and the entire peninsula became both prison and haven for those with Hansen’s disease. Then there are locations of earlier gardens overrun with thickets of Christmas berry, guava, and lantana. These were all but forgotten by the present-day folk. Awareness of them began only when cattle were being chased in and out of these hidden gardens, obvious signs of historic times.
A few of the photos from the signing event (please see the rest in our Facebook photo album).
We are honored to present My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa by Makia Malo with Pamela Young, the second memoir from a Kalaupapa patient we have released, the first being Henry Nalaielua’s No Footprints in the Sand, published in 2006. We are humbled and honored to share their stories.
Diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at the age of twelve, Makia Malo was exiled to the remote settlement of Kalaupapa on the rugged north coast of the Hawaiian Island of Moloka‘i. Malo lost his hands, his feet and his eyesight over the years, but never the vision or spirit that made him a celebrated Hawaiian storyteller and poet. My Name is Makia shares his inspiring story—of a child of Kalaupapa who grew up to become an award-winning writer, storyteller and instructor at the University of Hawai‘i.
During its century as a virtual prison, more than 8,000 people were exiled to Kalaupapa, until the introduction of sulfone drugs in the 1940s. Today a dwindling handful—fewer than 20—of patients remain. When his health allows, Malo numbers among them. Otherwise, he resides at Hale Mōhalu hospital in Honolulu.
Few Kalaupapa patients have chosen to share their experiences in as public a manner as Malo, who has maintained a positive outlook despite the harsh realities of his life. “Yes, I wish my life had been different, but still it has been so much better than many of the [other] patients,” he points out.
“I’d be grateful if people would remember all of us, the 8,000-plus who are dead and the handful of us hanging on… We lost so much. I hope in the future people learn from us. This is the lesson: No matter where you are, at what age, life can be hard. Life can take everything away from you in one snap of a finger and it doesn’t do you any good to sit there and whine about it. Take that cane and bang, bang your way around your problems. I have my memories. I have my stories.”
My Name is Makia was crafted by veteran broadcast journalist Pamela Young from years of conversations with Malo combined with earlier attempts at documenting his life, written by himself and edited by his late wife, Ann. Woven throughout his narrative are transcriptions of many of the stories Malo has told to audiences around the world. Some are memories of his childhood. Others, as Young explains, “are myths, some are daydreams, with no beginning, end, or purpose.” She elaborates on the book’s genesis,
“This book is the result of a simple request Makia made [for a DVD copy of] a news special I produced, documenting thirty years of coverage in Kalaupapa, Belgium, and Rome…to give to his niece Noe ‘so I can leave her something after I go.’ I suggested she would be much happier with her uncle’s memoirs. And so began our weekly meetings at Hale Mōhalu hospital.”
Please join us for a reading and book signing on Saturday, September 29 at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, 1PM. Pamela and Makia’s dear friend, storyteller Jeff Gere, will read from Makia’s book. Makia and Pamela will sign books following the reading.
The newest member of the Dash of Aloha Cookbooks family is here! Get your feet wet and dip a toe into the waters of seafood preparation with A Splash of Aloha: A Healthy Guide to Fresh Hawaiian Seafood. This cookbook from the Kapi‘olani Community College Culinary Arts Department, will help you enjoy fresh Island fish and shellfish for good health and good nutrition, too. Seafood preparation can be daunting. To guide novice cooks, A Splash of Aloha includes step-by-step photo illustrations of common fish preparation techniques. Recipes offer a variety of simple cooking methods, with a myriad of flavors from Hawai‘i and Asia to the Middle East, Mexico and Italy. Each is designed with the home cook in mind.
A Splash of Aloha hits local bookstores next weekend (around Sept. 22) and will be featured in Longs Drugs stores statewide beginning Sun., Sept. 23. But there’s a way for you to get your hands on a copy of the book BEFORE then! Come down to the Kapi‘olani Community College Farmers Market THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 15 from 7:30AM to 11AM. See below for other events where you can meet our chefs and contributors.
Here in Hawai‘i we have a bounty of the freshest and highest quality fish. But as the ancient Hawaiians knew well, there is a season for everything. Hawai‘i law mandates a periodic fishing moratorium to protect the sustainability of our local waters. The most popular fish may not always be available, or may be out of budget. Fortunately, the state also leads the way in aquaculture research and development and A Splash of Aloha offers recipes that incorporate the wide range of both wild-caught fish and other fresh, locally raised seafood (such as prawns, abalone and tilapia) available in the Islands.
Have you ever been confused by all the different names for fish? In the Islands, especially, it seems everyone has a different name for the same fish! An a‘u is a nairagi is a striped marlin, but so is a kajiki (blue marlin) because a‘u is the generic Hawaiian name for all marlins. Japanese names, Hawaiian names, English names, casual names and formal names, incorrect names. The fish world is the land of “call it what you will, just call me in time for dinner.”
We have a special “Cheat Sheet” for you to help you keep your fish names straight and know what’s on your plate. Click the graphic for a larger PDF version.
Meet our chefs and contributors at the following events:
Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 15
7:30AM – 11AM
Sea-to-Me Tasting Event
Pier 38, Honolulu’s Fishing Village
Friday, Oct. 5
5:00PM – 9:00PM
Event Tickets: $75
7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival
Pier 38, Honolulu’s Fishing Village
Sunday, Oct. 7
9:00AM – 4PM