Book End

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!

The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i.  This exhibition brings together Hawai‘i based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences—telling stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawai‘i. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narratives.

The featured artists are Roy Chang and his moralizing illustrations for Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Kii; Jon J. Murakami, and his action drawings of Gordon Rider; Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga’s adorable series nemu*nemu; Marisa Torigoe’s mysteriously rendered The Children of Aumakua; and Damon Wong’s somber but hopeful graphics forJourney of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among many other manga artists and writers.

Every Sunday from 2-4pm there will be a curator’s walkthrough and artist talks. Be sure to check it out!

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Saturday, September 20

  • Grand Unveiling of Pacific Hall – Join the Museum for an all day celebration as they host a shared experience around all things Pacific — food, fashion, films, lectures, art, music, dance, poetry and prose. For literary lovers, there will be a slew of readings and workshops including: Lecture and book signing of A Shark Going Inland is My Chief; Ola Nā Moʻolelo (Hawaiʻi) Storytelling; Pacifika Poetry – Readings by Pacific artists and much more! Bishop Museum (1525 Bernice Street); 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. For more information and a full schedule listing, visit
  • Curious GeorgeCuriosity Day Storytime – Local Barnes & Noble stores in Hawaii will be celebrating Curiosity Day by reading Curious George books and others that spark curiosity! Celebrate the joy of reading with Curious George! Curiosity Day features Storytime, activities and more. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center; 11:00 A.M. For more info, click here. Curiosity Day will also be at the Kahala and Lahaina stores at this time.
  • Hands-On Learning: Crocodile Creek Circus Tower Puzzle – Bring your keiki to the children’s section of the book store for a Hands-On Learning Event for kids age 3 to 7. The keiki will delight in 3-D puzzle building while learning about sizes, numbers, animals and children around the world. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center; 11:30 A.M. For more info, click here.
  • Visitations: Finding A Secret Relative in Modern-Day Hawaii – Honolulu-born author Lorenzo DeStefano will read selections from his forthcoming memoir about finding and bonding with Olivia Robello Breitha, a family secret who was a leprosy patient on Molokai.  Copies of Olivia’s book “My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa” will be available for purchase from the Friends of the Library of Hawaii; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends. Hawaii State Library – First Floor Reading Room; 11:45 A.M. For more info, call 586-3500.
  • Ori Ann Li, Vegetarian ChefVegan Cuisine Cooking Demonstration – Chef Ori Ann Li will demonstrate how to prepare several recipes featured in her cookbook Ori Ann Li’s Vegan Paradise: 65 Unforgettable Recipes and offer free taste samples. The program will include a question-and-answer session, and an autograph session of her book which will be available for sale from the Friends of the Hawaii Kai Public Library. This program is suitable for ages 12 and above. Mililani Public Library Quiet Zone (95-450 Makaimoimo Street); 2:00 P.M. For more information or to register, please call the Library at 397-5833.

Sunday, September 21

  • Book Sale BagThe Friends of Pearl City Library Booksale – The Friends of Pearl City Library will hold their fall booksale on Sunday, September 22 & 29, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Pearl City Public Library meeting room. Most books priced under $2.00. Children’s books $1.00 or less. Large selection of DVDs, CDs, and record albums – prices vary. All proceeds benefit the Pearl City Public Library and its programs. The Pearl City Public Library (1138 Waimano Home Road); 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. For more information, call 453-6566 during library hours.
  • Hands-On Learning: Lego Master Builder Academy – Bring your keiki to the children’s section of the book store for a Hands-On Learning Event for kids age 3 to 7. Bring your young Lego fans to the store where they can master the art of building. Sign up at Customer Service. Limited seating. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana Center; 1:00 P.M. For more info, click here.
  • Queen LiliuokalaniHe Lei, He Aloha: The Legacies of Queen Lili’uokalani – “This is a Lei of Love” celebrates the enduring legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani – her music, love of homeland and complete dedication to the people of Hawai‘i. The Queen expressed her aloha through her actions and the examples she set. Meleanna Aluli Meyer, artist, art-educator, filmmaker, and descendant of Emma Nawahi, confidante of Queen Lili‘uokalani, will narrate this participatory program. This free 45-minute program includes community readings from the Queen’s autobiography Hawai‘i’s Story by Hawai‘i’s Queen, a 7-minute vignette inspired by the Queen, and a singalong of some of the Queen’s music. Kaimuki Public Library; 2:00 P.M. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. For more information, call 733-8422.
  • nanjingWing Tek Lum Reading – Wing Tek Lum will read from his new collection The Nanjing Massacre: Poems. An intense collection of poetry. The subject of Wing Tek Lum’s second poetry collection is the notorious Japanes occupation of Nanjing, China in 1937. The poems capture all perspectives of the tragedy, drawing on published histories, memoirs, photographic collections and oral histories. This event is FREE and open to the public. Revolution Books (2626 South King St.); 3:00 P.M. For more information call 944-3106.
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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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