Mission Statement

The world’s books are as diverse as the people who read and author them. Hawaiʻi’s own literary landscape is beautifully unique because of the various cultures that inhabit its islands. Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London—these are well known names in literature, but they are also important to Hawaiʻi’s individual literary history. These great authors had much to say about our islands and there are many more authors like them to be found still. The main purpose of this blog is to provide people with a comprehensive platform to learn and discuss books about Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, books by local authors, or books published by local companies. Hawaiʻi’s books are multi-cultural and multi-generational with universal conflicts and themes. So we hope to

  • Provide useful criticism and reviews both personal and academic.
  • Explore  how Hawaiʻi and its various cultures are portrayed in literature, and how they  are received by audiences.
  • Entertain and showcase our island quirks, humor, unique perspectives and interesting characters.
  • Promote local literature to a mainstream audience and help others experience the culture of our islands through its books.
  • Encourage literacy and reading, writing and creative expression, within the community.

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