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.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Star Wars Reads Day

Star Wars Reads Day is a national event that celebrates reading and the popular “Star Wars” movie series created by George Lucas.  The event was created by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners. In celebration, six public libraries in Hawaii will present special programs and activities on Saturday, October 6.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

The participating libraries will offer free Star Wars-themed items such as coloring pages, trivia handouts, bookmarks, and tattoos; conduct lucky drawings to win Star Wars prizes; meet-and-greet Star Wars costumed characters; and even show Star Wars movies.

The six libraries participating are as follows. Contact the library for more information:

  • Aiea Public Library (ph. 483-7333)
  • Aina Haina Public Library (ph. 377-2456)
  • Kahuku Public & School Library (ph. 293-8935)
  • McCully-Moiliili Public Library (ph. 973-1099)
  • Mililani Public Library (ph. 627-7470)
  • Princeville Public Library (Kauai – ph. 826-4310)
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Now on to the events…

Friday, October 6

  • Fire and Ice Show w/ Mad Science – Mad Science will present a science-themed program that will explore exothermic chemical reactions and the wonders of dry ice with Mad Science flash paper, an “explosive” bottle blast, a crazy bubble shower, and creepy, foggy effects. This one-program is suitable for the whole family. Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library (3225 Salt Lake Boulevard); 10:30 A.M. For more info, call 831-6831.
  • Splash of Aloha at Sea-to-Me Tasting – Watch cooking demonstrations and sample dishes featuring local seafood at the Sea-to-Me Tasting Event. A benefit for the University of Hawaii Community College Culinary Programs. Tickets are $75. Meet the chefs and editors of A Splash of Aloha and learn more about eating healthier with seafood! Pier 38, Honolulu’s Fishing Village; 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. For more info or to purchase tickets:
Saturday, October 7
  • Book Signing with 50 Medal of Honor recipients – More than 50 Medal of Honor recipients will be on hand for a book signing open to the public as part of the 2012 Medal of Honor Convention. Recipients will meet and greet the public during two signing sessions: 9-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hale Koa Hotel. This event is open exclusively for those who purchase tickets in advance. Only 500 tickets for each session will be sold. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Each ticket also includes a Medal of Honor quote book, which recipients can sign at the event. Two Signing Sessions at the Hale Koa Hotel: 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. For more information and/or to purchase tickets for the event ($20) visit
  • Friends of the Waianae Library Book Sale – One Day Only! Come on down and help support the library by browsing and buying an assortment of gently used books at deeply discounted prices! All teachers and social workers get 50% discount–must show I.D. Waianae Public Library (85-625 Farrington Hwy); 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. For more information call 697-7868.
  • Special Storytime and Star Wars Reads Celebration – Come to the book store every Saturday for a fun keiki story time reading.  Join the nationwide Star Wars Reads Day celebration on Saturday, October 6, with events including readings, crafts and activities. They’ll be reading Star Wars: R2-D2 and Friends.  Special characters will be visiting in the store from noon to 2:00 pm. Bring your camera to capture this special event. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center (1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1272); 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M.  For more information, click here.
  • Lisa Linn Kanae Reading & Signing – Lisa Linn Kanae, author of Sista Talk , and Islands Linked by Ocean will be reading from and signing her books at the store. She is also a contributor to the new, landmark Bamboo Ridge #100. Come down to the bookstore to talk story and get her books signed! Basically Books (160 Kamehameha Ave.); 1:00 P.M. For more information, visit the Basically Books site.
  • Harry Potter Movie and Program Event – In celebration of “Banned Books Week 2012,” the Library will present Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  The Friends of Manoa Public Library is sponsoring the free event which is suitable for all ages. In addition to the movie, participants can eat “Every Flavor Jelly Beans” and “Chocolate Frog” like Harry Potter; and test their knowledge and compete for a prize in a Harry Potter trivia contest.  Participants are encouraged to come as their favorite Harry Potter costumed character, and pose for a photo. Registration for this event is required and limited to 40 people.  Sign up in person or call the Library to register.  Snacks and beverages will be provided while supplies last. Manoa Public Library’s Programming Room (2716 Woodlawn Drive); 1:00 P.M. For more information or to register, call 988-0459. 
  • Hawaiian Music & Musicians book signing – Come to the summer palace for a special book signing with Hawaiian Music & Musicians editor John Berger. Berger carried on the legacy begun by Dr. George S. Kanahele in creating the de facto encyclopedic guide to Hawaiian music. Here’s the opportunity to talk story with John Berger, pick up a copy of the book and get it signed! Queen Emma Summer Palace (2913 Pali Hwy.); 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more info, visit
  • Star Wars Reads Day Celebration – Join the nationwide Star Wars Reads Day celebration with the bookstore as they welcome the Pacific Outpost 501st! Come and meet them, get your picture taken with your favorite Star Wars characters and join in the other games and activities. Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall (4211 Waialae Avenue); 4:00 P.M. For more info, click here.
  • Author Signing: Sydney Laukea, Author of “The Queen and I” – Please join up for a local author signing at the book store. Author Sydney L. Iaukea will be signing/discussing her regional history title, The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai’iBarnes & Noble Lahaina (325 Keawe, Maui); 4:00 P.M. For more info, please click here.
Sunday, October 8
  • Splash of Aloha at Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival – The Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival will feature live entertainment, fishing and seafood workshops and demonstrations, fresh seafood, Keiki games, Country Store, live and silent auctions, trip giveaways and plenty of fun. Stop by and chat with the book’s editor and pick up a copy of A Splash of Aloha. Honolulu’s Fishing Village, Pier 38; 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. For more info, click here.
  • Bamboo Ridge Issue #100 Reading – Join the fun at an intimate reading by BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #100 authors: Marie Hara, Jim Harstad, Lanning Lee, Angela Nishimoto, Brian Rugen, Laura Saijo, Eric Paul Shaffer, John Simonds, Joseph Stanton, Bill Teter. The event will begin with a book reading and signing, followed by a reception. This is FREE and open to the public with free parking at Ward Warehouse. Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i at Ward Warehouse; 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information, click here.
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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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