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 Hawaiʻi.

In case you don’t get that far… FRIDAY—TODAY, has a lot of events.  Check out the schedule below.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

Take Your Child To A Bookstore PinTomorrow, December 3, is “Take Your Child to a Bookstore” Day.  This new tradition urges parents to pass along the joy of visiting a bookstore to their children—imbuing them with a love of books.  If you visit the official website (, you can find more information about this day and what steps you can take to help spread and celebrate this unique campaign.  They have a list of bookstores participating in this event, one of which is Kona Stories, a local bookstore on the Big Island.  Check it out, spread the word, and most importantly bring your keiki to a book store tomorrow and share with them your love of books!

Special Educator Event (Maui)

A special event just for educators! On this day (Friday), K-12 educators with a Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card get 25% off books, toys and games, and 10% off music and movies! Ask any bookseller for more information. Offer not applicable on NOOK.  Only at Barnes & Noble Lahaina, 325 Keawe #101, Lahaina, HI.

Book Review Bonanza

Due to the busier than anticipated holiday schedule and other non-blog related items, we didn’t get to review as many books as we wanted.  However, I’m extending the “bonanza” through December and possibly into next year, as a personal commitment to read and review as many books we’ve received as I possibly can.  So, if you’re looking for reviews, feel free to click on the link in the carousel banner on our Home page to access all our book reviews from November going forward.


Now on to the events…

Friday, December 2

  • Book Signing with Dawn Kawahara – Meet the author of Behold Kauaʻi and Jackals’ Wedding. Also, Kawahara will have a special aloha signature stamp representing Kauaʻi “Living Treasure” Kupuna Frances “Haliʻa” Frazier, with Kawahara’s TropicBird Press edition of her historically rich memoir, Haliʻa of Hawaiʻi, A Legacy of Language, which will also be available through the Museum gift shop at the signing.  Kauai Museum (4428 Rice St. Lihu‘e, HI); 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  For more info, please call 808-245-6931.
  • “Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?” free presentation and screening – Children ages 2 through 5, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to attend the library’s regularly-scheduled toddler/preschool storytime 30 minutes prior to the screening time.  These optional screenings are quick, easy, and non-invasive.  Results are confidential.  Parents or caregivers may also choose to schedule private screenings at a later date with EEIP Project staff.  When your child enters kindergarten, he or she will participate in the Hawaii State School Readiness Assessment and hopefully be ready to pass it with flying colors!  Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library (3225 Salt Lake Blvd); 11:00 A.M.  For more info, please call 831-6831.
  • The Hawai‘i Book of Rice book signing – Come to the museum and meet Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, the author of The Hawaii Book of Rice.  Cheryl will be here to sign copies of her book, and you can talk story about the history of rice in Hawaii and around the world.  Kauai Museum (4428 Rice St. Lihu‘e, HI); 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  For more info, please call 808-245-6931.
  • Gathering to Laie book talk and signing – The authors of a new book entitled Gathering to Laie will be on hand to talk about their new book at a book signing event held at campus bookstore.  The event will feature authors Riley Moffat, Fred Woods, and Jeffrey Walker.  The new book is on sale at the bookstore in the Aloha Center of the Laie campus.  BYU-Hawaii Campus Book Store; 2:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.  Source here.
  • Honokaa Elementary Association (HEA) Scholastic Book Fair – The HEA is having its yearly Scholastic Book Fair, with two fabulous days Friday and Saturday. On Friday, come to the “Book Fair and Beyond Family Event.”  Friday night events include guest readers, crafts, games and lots of great books.  Honokaa Elementary School (45-534 Pakalana Street); 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Call Hilda Yagong at 775-8820, ext. 225, for more information.
Saturday, December 3
  • Empowered by the Pen with Tom Peek – Get your stories, poems, essays, and ideas out of your head and onto the page with a fun and exciting workshop that liberates the writer within you. Open to all levels and genres; no writing experience is necessary. $85 fee; financial aid applications due by November 23. Advance registration advised. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village; 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Call (808) 967-8222 to register or email
  • Honokaa Elementary Association (HEA) Scholastic Book Fair – The HEA is having its yearly Scholastic Book Fair, with two fabulous days Friday and Saturday.  On Saturday, enjoy “Reading is Out of This World” at the book fair, again in the cafeteria.  Honokaa Elementary School (45-534 Pakalana Street); 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  Call Hilda Yagong at 775-8820, ext. 225, for more information.
  • Friends of the Library of Hawaiʻi First Saturday Sale – First Saturday Sale in Kakaako!  Bill’s Bookmobile has over 2500 everyday books for sale as low as $1!  The December sale will feature $1 Military History books as well as other featured categories. These categories are: fiction, holiday, religion, cookbooks, children’s books, hobbies and music. 690 Pohukaina St. Honolulu, HI; 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  For more info, please visit
  • Christmas Ideas Demonstration program – The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Oahu Association for Family and Community Education (FCE) are sponsoring a one-hour demonstration program which is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Volunteers from the Oahu Association FCE Clubs will demonstrate how to make simple and economical gifts, decorations, and provide food ideas for Christmas.  Food samples for tasting will be offered.  Aina Haina Public Library (5246 Kalanianaole Highway); 10:30 A.M.  For more information, please telephone: 377-2456
  • Honolulu Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert – The Honolulu Handbell Ensemble is comprised of handbell choir directors and advanced ringers from Oahu churches, and is directed by Anne Craig Lum. The ensemble will perform music of the holiday season using English handbells and chimes. This 45-minute program is suitable for all ages. Hawaii Kai Public Library; 10:30 A.M.  For more information, call 397-5833.
  • Children’s Storytime – Come to the book store every Saturday for a fun keiki story time reading.  This week they will be reading Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow. Come and hear about an elementary school who puts on a play that tells the true story of the first Thanksgiving.  Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center; 11:00 A.M.  For more information, click here.
  • Pakaʻa Lanakila Spring Wind Quintet Performance – Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet will perform this special commissioned work narrated by composer Jon Magnussen as well as classical and holiday season music. “Pakaʻa Lanakila!” was written for audiences young and young-at-heart. With words and music, it tells the heart-warming story of Pakaʻa, a young boy of aliʻi lineage, growing up on Kauai without his own blood father, and trying to get out in the world and make something of himself. For more information, contact a hosting library.
  • Hawaiian Historical Society Open House & Book Sale – Hawaiian Historical Society Open House & Book Sale on the grounds of Mission Houses Museum.  Enjoy new books, special prices, 20% discounts, refreshments and more.  HHS Library Reading Room (560 Kawaiahaʻo Street); 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  For more info, call (808) 537-271.
  • Author Signing – Zouhair Zairi – Maui!  Please drop by the book store for a special event! Meet Zouhair Zairi, author of Moorish Food Cuisine. He will be signing and discussing his wonderful cookbook!  Barnes & Noble Maui (325 Keawe #101, Lahaina, HI); 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  Ask any bookseller for more information or call the book store at 808-662-1300 for help.  Click here for more info.
Sunday, December 4
  • Furoshiki: Alternative Gift Wrapping Workshop – Craft expert Evelyn Nakamura will share the art of Furoshiki, a traditional Japanese style of gift wrapping. Learn to use simple square fabrics to wrap a variety of shapes and sizes of possible gifts. Participants will receive a Furoshiki to continue practicing the various ties. Program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Space is limited. Kaneohe Public Library; 2:00 P.M.  For more information or to register, call 233-5676.
  • “Georgia O’Keefe’s Hawai`i” by Patricia Jennings – Meet the author of a book that sheds light on a transitional period in O’Keeffe’s art and life, and shares for the first time this inspiring coming-of-age story. Abbot Philip Lawrence says it “Captures the essence of Georgia O’Keefe’s true spirit and the qualities of Hawai`i.” The author, Patricia Jennings, now 84 and great-grandmother of three, lives on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village; 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.  Call for information, 967-8222.
  • The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawaii – Sydney Iaukea will read excerpts from The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawaii, during an upcoming book signing. The book ties together personal memories with Hawaii’s political history, and during the reading, she’ll answer questions and shed light on a period of time about which we still know too little.  Native Books / Na Mea Hawaii; 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  For more info, view this Honolulu Weekly article.
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 time line above. More events can be found on our Hawaiʻi Book Blog Events Calendar. You can also keep up with events through us on Twitter by following @HawaiiBookBlog.

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