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.

Support our local literary scene and our local libraries by attending these events.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

IMLS Awards HSPLS $1.16 Million Grant

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a grant of nearly $1.16 million to the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS).  The IMLS distributes these funds each year through state library agencies nationwide, as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  Each state, in turn, contributes at least $1.00 for every $2.00 of federal support.

HSPLS is using the grant money to fund recent enhanced technology services such as the HSPLS Microsoft IT Academy, Sirsi-Dynix Enterprise website portal, ChiliFresh global patron interaction platform, Horizon online renewal option, the Gale Cengage Powerspeak Languages online database as well as continuing access to our online database collection, other popular resources such as eBooks and digital audio books, and to pay for network costs.

“The addition of these enhanced technology services, particularly the HSPLS Microsoft IT Academy, will equip our library patrons – from keiki to kupuna – with the technical skills needed to become more successful in the classroom and more employable in the 21st century workplace,” said State Librarian Richard Burns.

Visit to see our online databases, a variety of information, and other services 24/7.  A valid HSPLS library card is required to access these and other resources.


Friday, May 11

  • Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards –  Celebrate the best in Hawaiʻi publishing from the past year at the Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards.  Tickets cost $25 per person and include heavy pūpū and cocktails, gourmet European chocolate truffles by Choco leʻa, entertainment by Ka ʻEhā, and a book sale and author signing with proceeds going to benefit Bishop Museum.  Tickets can be purchased at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaiʻi at Ward Warehouse (808-596-8885).  The awards presentation will take place at the Bishop Museum’s Atherton Hālau, 6:00 P.M. For more information about the event, please contact

Saturday, May 12

  • Friends of the Library Kona (FOLK) Book Sale – FOLK host a book sale on the second Saturday of each month with a few exceptions.  F.O.L.K. Members receive 20% off Lanai Sales.  Proceeds from the sale will go to help fund Kona libraries.  The book sale will be held on the library’s lanai. To volunteer email: Kailua Kona Library Lanai (75-138 Hualalai Rd.); 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  For more info, visit the FOLK website.
  • How to Commit to the New Idea Fast and Actually Write a Book – Romance-Mystery novelist Lynde Lakes will explain and discuss the query synopsis method with aspiring writers, and share tips on how to work with publishers. Lakes is a full-time writer with publishing credits including The Ryan Ranch Cowboy Trilogy. The Romance Writers of America Aloha Chapter is sponsoring this two-hour workshop. Program is suitable for ages 18 and older. Aina Haina Public Library (Oahu); 10:30 A.M.  For more information, call 377-2456
  • “All One” with Storyteller Ann Nehaya Walsh – Walsh will share traditional and original Irish and Hawaiian stories told with an innovative twist.  Ann has been telling stories professionally since 1993 and has been a stage actor since 1977. Ann prefers to share tales which spring from the wellspring of life and our hearts.  An innovative and lyrical teller, she weaves simple, deep, and funny stories which ring true for many. This 45-minute program is recommended for ages 5 and older. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.  Kapolei Public Library (Oahu); 10:30 A.M.  For more information, call 693-7050.
  • Special Children’s Storytime – Come to the book store every Saturday for a fun keiki story time reading.  This week they will be reading Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.  Join them for a story about a baby bird’s search for his mommy, just in time for Mother’s Day. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center (1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1272); 11:00 A.M.  For more information, click here.
  • Book Signing: Stuart Ball – Stuart M. Ball, Jr., author of The Hikers Guide to Oahu, will be signing copies of his new book:  Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking & Trail Building on Oahu.  The book explores the history behind many of the island’s trails, beginning with early Hawaiians who blazed routes for traveling, plant and wood gathering, and bird catching.  Soul Trex at Windward Mall; 1:00 P.M to 3:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.
  • Hanafuda: Hawaii Style – Helen Nakano will provide a short presentation on the history of the game, symbolism and mythology of the cards. This will be followed by instruction and game playing at a novice level. Hanafuda card sets will be available for sale through the Friends of the Library of Hawaii. This two-hour program will be held in the Library’s first floor reading room and is suitable for all ages. Hawaii State Library (Oahu); 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  For more information, call 586-3520.
  • Author Event with Phyllis Hoge – Big Island!!  If you’re in Hilo, visit the bookstore for a booksigning event with author Phyllis Hoge! Ms. Hoge’s new book, Hello, House, explores and celebrates the art of housekeeping. The poems in Hello, House center on the thoughts of a person working alone.  Basically Books (160 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo); 2:30 P.M.  For more information, please contact the bookstore.
  • Kauaʻi Backstory presents: Fairy Tales. Fables. Myth. with Darien Gee – Nationally best-selling author Darien Gee will introduce the new anthology, Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New. They’ll spend an hour talking about how mythic construction, the hero’s journey and archetypes infuse writing of all types. The second half of the night is reading. Darien will start, and then, Kauaʻi writers are invited to share their work. Writers will be given up to five minutes to read on a first-come, sign-up basis. Please arrive on time to sign up.  Small Town Coffee (Kauai); 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. 

Sunday, May 13

  • Happy Mother’s Day!

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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