It’s time…it’s time…it’s Book End Time!  Welcome to this week’s Book End, highlighting the weekend’s literary and library events here in Hawaii.

Captain Cooked Weekend!

Big Island Geocachers met last weekend to discuss cache clues in *Captain Cooked*. O'ahu Geocachers meet this Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Kaka'ako Kitchen in the Ward Centre.

Three Captain Cooked events mark the weekend!  One each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Geocaching, the sport of the outdoor hunt using GPS, is alive and well as a plot in author S.P. Grogan’s new mystery, Captain Cooked.  In fact, the author has created a real treasure hunt on the Big Island, where geocachers are out looking for clues found in *Captain Cooked *that will lead them to a hidden war club, redeemable by the book’s publisher for $5,000 cash. More information available at:

Author Grogan met last week with 30 geocache enthusiasts on the Big Island and this Friday, the 25th, there will be a Pau Hana Meet & Greet with O’ahu Geocachers, 6-8 p.m. at Kaka’ako Kitchen, Ala Moana Blvd. (Ward Centre). Event is free and to learn more about geocaching, the public is welcome. As part of his ‘Watch Out for Boiling Cauldrons’ book tour, the author will be signing *Captain Cooked* at Barnes & Noble stores– 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. , Saturday February 26 at Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana  Blvd. (808.949.7307) and Sunday, February 27th, at Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Avenue, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (808.737.3323).

Stolen Laptop

Hemmings's Macbook Pro would look similar to this

Local scribe Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants and House of Thieves, recently had her laptop stolen from her Maunawili home.  The laptop, described on Twitter as a silver Macbook Pro 13, contained writing Ms. Hemmings was working on including a 120-page script, a novel and important adoption paperwork.  She is offering a $2000 reward for the recovery of her laptop. Also stolen was her digital camera full of personal photos.

We can only wish Kaui the best in recovering what is essentially her life’s work and memories.  If anyone has any information on this, or if you are the culprit or in association with him/her, do everyone a favor and return this to her as soon as possible.  You can read more about this story on Honolulu Pulse [Local author offers reward for stolen laptop] and get into contact with Ms. Hemmings through her Twitter account @kauihemmings.

Now on to the events…

Friday, February 25

  • 05:00pm – Bring Your Own Craft Sessions at Kalihi-Palama Public Library!  Every fourth Friday of the month is BYO Craft.  Crafts include any arts and crafts such as paper, plastic, textile, or metal. Free table space will be provided for up to two persons per table. Four tables will have access to electrical outlets for using tools or equipment such as hot glue, heat guns, Cricut R, lamps, or sewing machines. No selling or solicitation will be allowed.  For more info, click here.
  • 06:00pm – S.P. Grogan, author of Captain Cooked: Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge…and Recipes! will hold a Pau Hana Meet & Greet with O’ahu Geocachers at Kaka’ako Kitchen, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd.  Learn all about his special geocaching treasure and how to obtain the hints in the book.  For more information visit

Saturday, February 26

  • 10:00am – Clifford is making a special appearance for storytime at 10:00 am in the Children’s Department of Barnes & Noble Lahaina (Maui). Bring your smiling faces and your cameras for this fun-filled day with Clifford.  More info here.
  • 11:00am – Library Event: “Na Mea Kaua – Na Koa: Weapons of the Hawaiian Warrior” at Kapolei Public Library.  Manny Mattos, a master woodworker, artist, and expert on the history and technology of ancient Hawaiian weapons, will conduct the free presentation and showcase his beautiful and finely-crafted weapons.  He will discuss the art of making historically accurate reproductions of traditional Hawaiian weapons, and their use in ancient warfare.  For more information, please call the Library at 693-7050.
  • 11:00am – Author Event at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana!  S.P. Grogan, the author of new novel Captain Cooked: Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge…and Recipes! will be available to talk story and sign copies of his book.  Definitely worth checking out for this fun novel.  For more info click here.
  • 11:00am – Enjoy “Tea and Berries…and More!” at Hilo Public Library (Big Island).  Dr. Russell Nagata will share information on how to grow tea, blueberries, and ohelo berries. Examples and samples from the College’s research and extension programs will be offered. This one-hour program is recommended for ages 18 and older. For more information, call 933-8888.
  • 11:00am – Special event at Kealakekua Public Library (Big Island): “Executive Order 9066 – In Remembrance of The Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II.”  A free one-hour presentation by Kayuno Kaneko.  Viewing of short video “Caught In Between” followed by discussion/lecture and then a Q&A session.  Call 323-7585 for more info.
  • 01:00pm – Origami expert Scott Macri will be hosting a free workshop for all enthusiasts at Kailua Public Library.  Everyone is invited from the novice to the advanced. A variety of models will be taught, and there will be time for discussion and questions. Paper will be provided and participants will be able to keep their models.  This three-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older. For more information, call 266-9914.
  • 02:00pm – Bring your kids to your local Borders to celebrate Elmo’s Birthday!  Celebrate Elmo’s 3rd birthday with music, stories, crafts and more! Please note that this is not a costume character event. Activities will vary by store…call your local Borders for more information.  Click here.
  • 02:30pm – Come and enjoy “Black History Month Storytime” at Makawao Public Library (Maui).  Keiki ages 5 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to hear African-American historian Adesina Ogunelese read aloud stories such as “Henry’s Freedom Box” by Ellen Lavine and Kadir Nelson, and “Child of the Civil Rights Movement” by Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colon. For more information, call 573-8785.
  • 03:00pm – Celebrate the close of the Makahiki season at Native Books / Na Mea Hawaii in Ward Warehouse.  There will be food, music, and literature as writers from ‘Oiwi Journal Vol. IV: Kupa’a Makou o ka ‘Aina will be reading their works for your listening pleasure!  Wendie Burbridge, Sarah Daniels, John Ka’ohelauli’i, Monica Lee, David MacKenzie, Mikiala Pescaia, No’u Revilla, Blaine Tolentino, and many others will be contributing!  It will be a fun and exciting celebration for all.  For more information please visit

Sunday, February 27

  • 01:00pm – Author Event at Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall!  S.P. Grogan, the author of new novel Captain Cooked: Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge…and Recipes! will be available to talk story and sign copies of his book.  Definitely worth checking out for this fun novel.  For more info click here.
  • click to enlarge01:00pm – Knowledge In Motion’s “Ocean Awareness” event will be held on February 27, 2011 at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i and Ward Warehouse Amphitheater from 1–5pm.  Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, science projects created by local kids, environmental groups sharing their knowledge about a sustainable future for Hawai‘i, and a screening of the documentary film Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka‘ehukai (a story about the beloved Rell Sunn).  Bess Press will be in attendance with contributors from Stories of Rell Sunn: Queen of Mākaha [read our review here].  For more info, visit Bess Press.  This is a family event meant to  empower young people to share their ideas while entertaining people of all ages through film, music, books, and food. Bring the whole family and experience this amazing event.  Click on the image of the poster on the right to enlarge.
  • 03:00pm – Got this off a tweet from @RevBooksHNL:  “Discussion of events in the Middle East: Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. Short Presentation followed by discussion. Revolution Books Honolulu.”  Revolution Book is located at 2626 South King Street in Honolulu.  Find more info about the store at their website (click here).


Weekly Wrap Up: A highlight of some of the more notable book events happening next Monday – Thursday (February 28 – March 3).

  • African Americans in Hawaii: A Search For Identity – This is a speaking engagement with award-winning authors Dr. Ayin Adams and Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara (daughter of famed Buffalo Soldier William H. Waddell). The presentation will discuss African American history and contribution to Hawaii society.  Monday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. at the University of Hawaii Hilo UCB 127 (The Fishbowl).  Please call 345-7006 for more information.
  • The Price of Paradise/The Value of Hawaii debate – These two books—the former published in two volumes in 1992 and 1993, the latter published in 2010—are essay projects offering a range of timely and sobering analysis on issues ranging from the economy to the environment, education to cultural preservation, the government, social services, and more.  Speakers will comment generally on the state and State of Hawai’i as they see it at the moment, and in particular, what they think the future holds, or should hold, for this to be a better place.  Featuring authors from both books: David Callies, Randall Roth, Susan Chandler, Deane Neubauer, and Jon Osorio. Moderated by Civil Beat reporter/host Sara Lin, and livestreamed at  The event will be held on Monday, February 28, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Manoa’s Art Auditorium.
  • Meet S.P. Grogan, author of Captain Cooked at “Words & Wine” – Last chance to see S.P. Grogan on the Big Island!  He will be at the “Words & Wine” event held at the Kona Stories book shop in Kailua-Kona, HI discussing his new mystery novel, Captain Cooked: Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge and Recipes and his special geocaching treasure.  The event will be on Tuesday, February 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Call 808-324-0350 for more info.
  • See the Wonders of the Universe! – Dr. J. D. Armstrong of the Institute for Astronomy will give attendees a glimpse of the wonders of the universe by virtually connecting to the 2.0 meter Faulkes Telescope on top of Haleakala. Dr. Armstrong will begin with a brief 30-minute talk and telescope viewing will commence from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kahului Public Library on Maui. The library will close at 8:00 p.m.; please note that no one will be allowed into the building after closing. This 90-minute program is recommended for ages 8 and older. For more information, call 873-3097.
  • Learn to Play Chess! – The McKinley High School Chess Club will be conducting a chess demonstration and presentation. Learn more about one of the world’s most popular games! This 90-minute program is recommended for ages 10 and older. The event is on Wednesday, March 2nd starting at 3:00 p.m. at Liliha Public Library.  For more information, call 587-7577.
  • How to Talk to Someone You Don’t Want To—But Have To – Wave J. Bannister is the author of How to Talk to Someone You Don’t Want To—But Have To. He will present effective tips on how to respond to conflict at work and at home, predicting pattern behaviors between yourself and others, and identifying codependency in your relationships.  This one-hour program is suitable for ages 18 and older. For more information, call 573-8785.
  • Waialua Library Authors’ Night – The Friends of Waialua Library present their annual Authors’ Night on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011.  The event will be held at the Library (opposite Waialua Bandstand Park) starting at 6:30 p.m. with pupus and other refreshments served under the canopy in front of the Library. Then, inside, several local authors, including Juliet S. Kono, Feng Feng Hutchins, Van James and Jim Parsons, will talk about their books, what inspired them, the writing process, etc.  This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Call 637-8286 for more info.


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.

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please leave us a comment here or e-mail me at aalba@hawaiibookblog[dot]com.  Replace the [dot] with a ‘.’ when you compose the message.  Mahalo and have a great weekend!