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.


We wish everyone and their families a safe and happy Halloween for the weekend.  While I’m sure you and your children will be busy going to parties for kids and adults, trick-or-treating, or doing that last minute costume-shopping, don’t forget to squeeze in some time to support the literary scene here in Hawaii!  A lot of these library and book events are Halloween-related, such as Alex Paman’s new book Asian Supernatural and subsequent appearances (see below for all) and a few of the library events.  Either way, I’m sure it’ll be a spooktacular weekend!

Hula Moose run rampant in the library

I got this message on our Facebook wall from author Christine Taylor Sprowl Tetak:

Aloha, Hawaii Book Blog.  Legend of the Hula Moose is now on the purchase list for all 51 State Libraries in Hawaii. They just received a shipment of 18 hardcovers. Yeah! Go Hula Moose!

So now you can get a copy of Legend of the Hula Moosefrom any Hawaii State Public Library by request!  Be sure to check it out if you have keiki.

Kindling the Fire for More E-Books

The University of Hawai’i Press recently announced that nine of their titles are now available as e-books on the Kindle e-reader.  Some of the books include 2010’s The Value of Hawaii:  Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future edited by Craig Howes and Jonathan Osorio, award-winning Bright Triumps from Dark Hours:  Turning Adversity into Successby David Heenan, and Melal:  A Novel of the Pacific by Robert Barclay.

So, if you have a Kindle and are interesting in reading high-quality books I’d definitely give these titles a look.  You can find out more about this on the UH Press Blog.

Now on to the events…

Friday, October 29

  • 06:00pm – Kabambannuagan: Our Voices, Our Lives Book Launch and Reading at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Spalding Auditorium.  The collection of essays in this book explore the complex dynamic of Filipino home and homeland, their Kalihi neighborhood and the search for meaning in a new heartland.  More info
  • 07:00pm – New Book Release celebration at Borders in Ward Centre.  Meet author Alex G. Paman, an avid researcher of Asian culture and  contributing writer to Filipinas Magazine as he signs copies of his new book Asian Supernatural.  Just in time for Halloween!  Source

Saturday, October 30

  • 10:00am – Children’s Story Time at Barnes & Noble Lahaina (Maui).  More info
  • 10:30am – Halloween celebration at Mililani Public Library from 10:30am – 12pm!  Children up to age 11 are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and join in the fun at the Halloween Goodie Bag Giveaway.  Call the library at 627-7470 for more info.
  • 10:30am – “Treasures of Okinawa: Uchinaa Nu Takara” at Aina Haina Public Library.  Sensei Cheryl Yoshi Nakasone will lead a dance troupe from Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Performing Arts Academy as they introduce the music, culture and dances of Okinawa, and perform a selection of classical and contemporary Okinawan dances.  For more information, call 377-2456.
  • 11:00am – Book Signing Event at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  The Smithsonian Institution’s Adrienne Kaeppler will be at The Academy Shop to sign her new book Polynesia: The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art. For more detailed info click here.
  • 11:00am – Story Time at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana will have a “scary” element today.  They’ll be reading I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.  More info
  • 11:00am – Enjoy the Annual Halloween Spectacular at Borders book stores across Hawaii.  Kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to join in on the fun! They’ll read scary stories, play spooky games, do a creepy craft and top it all off with a terrifying parade! Costumes are encouraged.  Please call your local Borders to ensure they’re participating before attending.  More info
  • 11:45am – “Spooky Kine Investigations” invade the Hawaii State Library!  Spooky Kine Investigations, a company that provides professional paranormal investigation and consultation services in Hawaii, will offer a free presentation, just in time for Halloween.  First Floor Reading Room, call 586-3535 for more info.
  • 01:00pm – New Book Signing at Borders in Waikele.  Meet author Alex G. Paman, an avid researcher of Asian culture and  contributing writer to Filipinas Magazine as he signs copies of his new book Asian Supernatural.  Just in time for Halloween!  Source
  • 01:00pm – “Celtic Music & Story” with Patrick Ball comes to Aina Haina Public Library.  Patrick Ball is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today, and has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums, which have earned national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Ph. 377-2456 for more info.
  • 01:00pm – Book Signing event at Borders in Ward Centre.  Photographer/Author Linda Ching will be on hand to sign copies of her new book A’o, Ten Years of Light.
  • 02:00pm –Book Signing Event at Borders in Lihue (Kauai).  Leslie Tribolet will talk about and sign her new book Danny’s Tale. Copies of the book will be available at Borders and Aloha Feed & Supplies in Lihu‘e.  Read this article from for more info on the book.
  • 02:00pm – Author Event at Basically Books in Hilo!  Juliet S. Kono will be on hand to present her latest work, the novel Anshu: Dark Sorrow.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Juliet and talk story about her book and poetry.  More info
  • 02:00pm –The Dangerous Alphabets of Edward Gorey presentation at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana.   American Studies Professor, Joe Stanton will be presenting.  Support the UHM Library after this event by visiting online from 10/30/10 to 11/04/10 and enter Bookfair ID #10282440 at checkout!  For more information on these two events, contact Teri Skillman, Events & Communications Coordinator at the UHM Library, 956-8688 or Click here for more info.
  • 02:00pm – Dia de los Muertos celebration at Kailua-Kona Public Library.  Presented by Olga Salvatore, this workshop will give a history lesson on Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead as well as creating Banderitas, the cut tissue papers hanging on a string, which are used to decorate the altars built for friends and family who have passed away. Paper Cutting portion of program is limited to 25 participants.  More info
  • 02:00pm – Book Signing Party by local author John G. Rees.  Rees will be signing his new horror book Halocline at Kona Stories’ pre-opening event at Keauhou Shopping Center’s return to ‘Thriller’ Event. Pupus and books will be given as prizes.  Source Contact John G Rees, 929-9751 for more info.
  • 03:00pm – New Book Release celebration at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana.  Meet author Alex G. Paman, an avid researcher of Asian culture and  contributing writer to Filipinas Magazine as he signs copies of his new book Asian Supernatural.  Just in time for Halloween!  More info
  • via talkstoryradio.com03:00pm – Also at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana will be storyteller Lopaka Kahanui, author of Legend of Morgan’s Corner and Haunted Hawaiian Nights.  You’ll be able to meet Kahanui, participate in a Q&A session, and get your books signed by him.  More info

Sunday, October 31

  • 10:30am – Dr. Gina Kim signs and talks about her new book, The Power to Heal Yourself, at Pookela Church (200 Olinda Road, Makawao).  Source
  • 12:00pm – Book Signing Event at Borders Pearlridge.  Meet author Alex G. Paman, an avid researcher of Asian culture and  contributing writer to Filipinas Magazine as he signs copies of his new book Asian Supernatural.  Just in time for Halloween!  Source
  • 02:00pm –Family Friendly Halloween Celebration at Makiki Community Library.  There will be story telling and Trick-or-Treating in the Library.  Get to the Library by 1:45 PM to check in so that your children can join in the Costume Parade.  522-7076 for more info.
  • 02:00pm – A special Halloween Storytelling and Book Signing with author and illustrator Alex G. Paman.  Come to Barnes & Noble at Kahala Mall to see Paman tell a spooky story and sign copies of his new book Asian Supernatural. More info
  • 02:00pm – Book Event at UH Manoa’s East-West Center Gallery.  Dr. Kaeppler completes her visit to Honolulu with an illustrated lecture on Polynesia. Books will be available for purchase. Attendees are welcome to view the current gallery exhibition, Kyrgyzstan: Nomadic Life in the Modern World, and enjoy refreshments.  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.

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!