Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival 2012

Join us at the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival next weekend, May 5-6, at Honolulu Hale!

The wonderful folks at HAWAI‘I Magazine included this delightful illustration by Tony Ablen in their newest issue (now available in digital format) to help spread the word about the Festival. (Click the image to enlarge.)

Come down, shop the fantastic bargains, buy direct from local publishers, meet local authors and hear great music. Plenty of fun for the keiki, with entertainment and activities all day long. Want to see what’s happening when? Download the schedule.

Watermark will be offering great deals on new books, anywhere from 20% – 80% off, and a wide selection of “publisher’s hurts” (used books) as low as $2 for a softcover book!

Take $10 off your $25 purchase (new books only) with this coupon:

See you there!

2012 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards Ceremony

Please join the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association
for a special reception and awards presentation featuring the nominees and winners of the
2012 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards

at Bishop Museum’s Atherton Halau

Reception to follow in the Hawaiian Hall Atrium and Courtyard

6:00PM – Awards Presentation
7:30PM – Gala Reception & Book Signing Celebration

Tickets to the reception are $25 and include:

Heavy pupu buffet and cocktails
Gourmet European chocolate truffles by Choco Le‘a
Entertainment by Ka ‘Eha
Book sale and author signing with proceeds to benefit Bishop Museum

Tickets can be purchased at
Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i at Ward Warehouse (808-596-8885)

For more information email

This event made possible with support from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Wedding Wisdom

Wedding Belles author, and owner of The Wedding Cafe, Tanna Dang. Photo by Kris Labang/On 3 Photography.

The Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival is lurking around the corner, and what does our Sales & Marketing Director decide to do? Take off in the middle of the busiest day of the festival! What could possess such a normally sensible and fully-committed-to-all-things-Watermark person to abandon her books? A wedding.

It seems we’re heading into that time of year again when shoppers are huddled around the gift-registry kiosks figuring out which silverware set to buy; when every top-notch restaurant in the town has some sort of wedding-related dinner going on; when our chef authors say, “No, I can’t do a demo…I have a wedding to cater.”

If all those weddings have got you and your sweetie hearing bells, and you need someone to turn for advice, who better than Hawai‘i wedding guru Tanna Dang, co-owner (with her husband, natch!) of The Wedding Café? The Café just wrapped up the first round of its twice-yearly workshop series to take a break—who has time to plan a wedding when there are so many to go to?!—during wedding season, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Tanna’s wedding wisdom.

Her handy (and handbag-sized) book of advice, Wedding Belles: Ideas & Inspiration from Island Brides, shares the inside scoop from more than 70 real-life brides on topics such as how to include families in the planning process, local traditions, special wedding-day details, and horror stories and their (eventually) happy endings.

Wedding Belles isn’t the typical “how-to” wedding book. Although packed with useful sidebars filled with personal tips and advice from Tanna—after years as a wedding professional, she’s amassed a staggering amount of nuptial knowledge—the book’s main focus is on the stories and photos the brides share. “There are lots of books out there that list vendors or tell you how to plan your wedding, but they tend to show only a few personal examples,” Tanna says. “I thought having real, local brides share, in their own words, what they learned through the wedding planning process would be a great way for new brides to find amazing ideas and advice they can trust.”

Take a peek at some of the stellar tips and gorgeous photos you’ll find in Wedding Belles:

Helpful hint: If you’re having trouble reading the advice in the images, right-click on the image and select the “Open in New Tab” option.

Upcoming Events – May 2012

A couple of exciting events coming up with our authors, including the annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival!

Author Frances Kakugawa stands in a Big Island lava field -- all that remains of the village where she was a little girl.

May 1: Frances Kakugawa returns to the Big Island to read from KAPOHO at Kilauea. Chicken skin!

Life in a small village with no indoor plumbing, just outhouses, no hot showers, just boiled water for baththubs, is not easy. It’s even harder when you are a second generation Japanese-American girl and the Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor. During the war years, families buried heirlooms in their backyards, lest they be suspected of treasonous Japanese loyalties. Less than 20 years later, the same families watched as their homes were buried under lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano.

These are the experiences Frances will share as she reads from her newest memoir, Kapoho, at the Kilauea Visitors Center on Tuesday, May 1, as part of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park “After Dark in the Park” program. Your $2 donation is requested to help continue programs like ADIP. Doors open at 6:30PM, reading begins at 7PM.

May 5-6: The 7th Annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival. Honolulu Hale, 10AM – 5PM, both days.

Frances Kakugawa (Kapoho, Wordsworth the Poet) and Christine Thomas (Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New) will be among the featured panelists. Frances joins authors Janny Scott, Julia Flynn Siler and Sydney Iaukea in the Authors Pavilion at 4PM on Saturday, May 5, to discuss “Agendas in Biography & Memoir.” Christine will be joined by fellow Don’t Look Back contributors Robert Barclay, Marion Lyman-Mersereau and Victoria Kneubuhl, in the OHA Alana Pavilion at 1PM on Sunday, May 6, to read selected myths from the collection and talk about the enduring power and importance of myth.

Visit us at our booth to the right of the Main Stage for great deals on new books and deep discount bargains on gently used bookstore returns. All books are priced 20-80% off! Click here for a coupon good for $10 off your $25 purchase.

Chef Alan Wong’s The Blue Tomato Wins Prestigious IACP Culinary Award

The Blue Tomato by Chef Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura. (Watermark Publishing, 2010) ISBN 978-1-9356900-7-8

Watermark Publishing is pleased to announce that the The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong by Chef Alan Wong, co-written by Arnold Hiura, has been named the “Chefs & Restaurants” category winner in the 26th Annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards. The Blue Tomato’s fellow nominees in the category were Home Cooking with Jean-Georges by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by Chefs Frederic Morin and David McMillan, and Meredith Erickson. To see the full list of finalists and nominees in all 18 Award categories, visit the IACP website.

Says Wong: “It took many hands, many minds, and a lot of teamwork to produce The Blue Tomato. I’m honored, and proud of the recognition for the entire team. The Blue Tomato represents a lot of what happens within our restaurants, so I’m very happy for our entire team because they live it every day.” Read more from Wong on his blog.

The IACP awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in the culinary industry; its Cookbook Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry. Past honorees have included Rick Bayless, Mark Bittman, Dorie Greenspan, Thomas Keller and Julia Child. The 2012 Awards were given out in 18 categories. The Blue Tomato and the other award winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 2 in New York during a gala event as part of IACP’s annual conference.

The Blue Tomato previously received the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Cookbooks, the top award in the category, as well as an Honorable Mention for Design from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, and was one of three nominees for the 2011 Samuel M. Kamakau Hawai‘i Book of the Year Award.

A founding chef and renowned master of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Alan Wong is known the world over for his creative, cutting-edge cuisine. A 1996 winner of the James Beard Award, he is a tireless ambassador for Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine and a leader in America’s farm-to-table movement. Chef Alan worked previously at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Lutèce in New York City and The CanoeHouse on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. In 1995 he opened Alan Wong’s Restaurant—now Alan Wong’s Honolulu—and, in 1999, The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, also in Honolulu. The Blue Tomato is his second cookbook.

Connect with The Blue Tomato via Facebook ( or via Twitter (@bluetomato808).

The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong is priced at $40.00 (ISBN 978-1-9356900-7-8) and is available at bookstores, other retail outlets and online booksellers, or direct from the publisher at

Watermark Publishing is a Honolulu, Hawaii, book publishing company. Established in 1999, Watermark Publishing has produced a number of award-winning books—including children’s books, memoirs, biographies and cookbooks—specializing in titles that celebrate Hawai‘i’s unique, “mixed plate” culture.


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