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 Hawaii.

Check out these awesome events!

Friday, April 29

  • Kili and the Singing Tree Snails book signing – Join author Janice Crowl and artist Harinani Orme in celebrating the launch of a new children’s storybook, their second collaboration published by Bishop Museum Press.  Free event but park entrance fee may apply.  Volcano Art Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Visit or call 808-848-4189 for more information.

Saturday, April 30

  • Gong Row Music & Dances of the Southern Philippines – The Mahalohalo Ensemble will introduce the music and rarely seen dances such as Igal (a dance with extended fingernails) and Kapagapir (a fan dance) that originate from Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago of the Southern Philippines. The music derives its lineage from traditions predating the 16th century and is related to gong row traditions in North Borneo, Malaysia and North Sulawesi, Indonesia with origins in ceremonial, ritual, and entertainment purposes. This 45-minute performance will offer audience participation to give children and adults a hands-on experience of these unique cultural traditions. Suitable for ages 5 and older.  Aina Haina Public Library, 10:30 A.M. Call the library at 377-2456 for more info.
  • The Little Greenies special book event – The Little Greenies are coming!  Book signing with author and illustrator Petra Evers.  There will also be two storytimes featuring guest puppet, Manu the Seabird:  One at 11am and one at 4pm.  At this fun event, kids will also explore arts and crafts by making and taking home their own Little Greenie.  Bonus: There will also be Japanese drummers and ice cream!  Scoop of Paradise (66-145 Kamehameha Ave. Haleiwa); 11:00 A.M. until Sundown. For more info, check out their Facebook!
  • Music and Dance of Bali – Balinese performing arts are rich, vast, and complex and the arts that are practiced in contemporary Bali have an important link to the past. Performers I. Made Widana and Anna Reynolds will demonstrate these traditional Balinese music and dance. The ensemble includes gongs, bronze metallophone instruments of various sizes, double-headed drums, and flutes. This one-hour program is suitable for all ages.  Hawaii Kai Public Library; 11:00 A.M. For more info call the library at 397-5833.
  • The Sakura Ensemble – The ensemble will perform a concert honoring the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Kealakekua Public Library; 11:00 A.M. For more information, call the library at 323-7585.
  • Children’s Storytime – Author Julianne Moore is a four-time Academy Award nominee and author of the unabashedly autobiographical Freckleface Strawberry. The story offers a reassuring story about coping with playground bullies.  This will be the featured story for this week’s storytime (no, Julianne Moore will not be reading or in attendance).  Barnes & Noble Ala Moana; 11:00 A.M. Click here for more info.
  • Escape from Davao book discussion – Historian and author John Lukacs will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Escape from Davao, The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War. This prison break is considered one of the most daring of the war.  Pacific Aviation Museum-Pearl Harbor in the Museum Theater, 12:00 P.M – 2:30 P.M.
  • Lady Justice Gets Lei’d Book Event – Mystery/Comedy author, Robert Thornhill, returns to Maui, Hawaii where he lived for five years, to promote the release of Lady Justice Gets Lei’d, the third installment in the Lady Justice series.  This book, along with the first two books in the series, are available on the author’s website BooksBybob.comBarnes & Noble Booksellers, 325 Keawe St, Lahaina; 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
  • Night on Fire Book Launch – Come to the book store and meet former New York City defense attorney, Douglas Corleone, as we celebrate the launch of his latest book, Night on Fire, the second book in the Kevin Corvelli mystery series [read our review here].  There will be a book reading, followed by a Q&A, and then a book signing session.  This is your chance to talk and interact with this nationally published, award-winning author, who is currently living and writing in Hawaii.  Barnes & Noble Ala Moana; 1:00 P.M. For more info, click here.
  • National Poetry Month: “Two for the Show” – This program, lead by Eric Paul Shaffer, will feature poems presented in pairs, and the work of contemporary poet Joseph Mills.  Shaffer is the author of Lahaina Noon, Portable Planet, and Burn & Learn.  This free program is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Hawaii State Library (478 South King St.); 2:00 P.M. For more information, please call the Library’s Language, Literature and History Section at 586-3499.
  • Readers Theatre presents: “Legend of Ko‘olau” – Enjoy a special reading of “Legend of Ko‘olau,” a one-man play based on a true story by author-playwright Gary Kubota.  Admission is free and a voluntary canned good donation will be collected for the Hawaii Foodbank.  Ocean Kaowili, a member of the Sons of Hawaii and actor who appeared in the recent movie “Princess Ka`iulani” as King David Kalakaua, will present the special reading of the play.  Suitable for ages 6 and up.  Waianae Public Library (85-625 Farrington Highway); 2:00 P.M. For more information, please call the Library at 697-7868.
  • Maya Soetero-Ng book event – The woman more famously known as Barack Obama’s sister will be at the book store to present her new keiki book, Ladder to the Moon.  After some talk story, Maya will be available to sign copies of the book.  Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall, 2:00 P.M. For more info, click here.

Sunday, May 1

  • Aloha Shorts: Maui No Ka ʻOi – Locally produced radio program “Aloha Shorts” will tape before a live audience on a neighbor island for the first time.  This special event is also a celebration of the recent launch of HPR’s new station KIPM 89.7 FM and the Maui residents who made it possible.  Tickets for the taping ($15 general; $10 HPR members/students) are available for advance purchase by calling the station during business hours (808) 955-8821 or click here. Tickets will also be available at the door.  The Historic ʻIao Theatre, Wailuku; 2:45 P.M. For more info click here.

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 timeline above. More events can be found on our Hawaii Book Blog Events Calendar. You can also keep up with events through us on Twitter by following @HawaiiBookBlog.

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