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!

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Friday, September 28

  • Book Launch: Border Walls – Come on campus for the book launch for Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israel by Reece Jones, Associate Professor of Geography at UH-Manoa. The launch will feature a lecture by Jones followed by refreshments and talk story. Border Walls is a bold, important intervention that demonstrates that the exclusion and violence necessary to secure the borders of the modern state often undermine the very ideals of freedom and democracy they are meant to protect. University of Hawaii Manoa Campus (Saunders Hall 443); 4:00 P.M. For more info on the event, visit UH website.
  • Native Voices Reading and Lecture Series – Daren Kamali is a Fiji-born-New Zealander, cofounder of the South Auckland Poets Collective and launched his first book and CD, Tales, Poems and Songs from the Underwater World, in 2011. Grace Taylor, born and raised in South Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Grace won the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival’s Poetry Idol 2008 and was a Top 5 finalist in 2009. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Hawai‘i. Her work is a blend of storytelling and activism. Kuʻualoha Hoʻomanawanui is an internationally published Kanaka Maoli poet and is a founding editor of ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal. University of Hawaii Manoa Campus (Halau o Haumea, Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies); 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. For more info, click here.

Saturday, September 29

  • Special Plenty Saimin keiki event – Come down and support First Book-Oahu (FBO) and enjoy a very special keiki storytime with Feng Feng Hutchins, the author of the award-winning children’s book Plenty Saimin [read our review here]. After the reading, Feng Feng will be available to sign copies of her book. So, please help out FBO’s fundraising efforts to buy books for Hawaii’s underprivileged children and enjoy the children’s literary masterpiece that is Plenty Saimin. Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall (4211 Waialae Avenue); 11:00 A.M. For more info, click here.
  • Building Self-Worth and Self-Esteem in Teens and Young Adults – Marlenea Salmu, founder and president of Intelligent One, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering teens and young adults to build self-esteem and to instill respect for oneself and others, will be presenting this educational program.  Marlenea will be offering some cool tools in building self-worth and self-esteem.  She will be showing two videos: “Bullying” and “Is there a time to fight?”  There are also going to be some games that patrons can participate in to win prizes.  This one-hour program is suitable for ages 15 and older. Hawaii Kai Public Library (249 Lunalilo Home Rd); 11:00 A.M. For more information, call 397-5833.
  • The Eye of the Lion Book Signing – Experience a hurricane through the eyes of a child. Master storyteller, Mark Jeffers of Storybook Theatre, recounts the story of Hurricane ‘Iniki as it passes over the island of Kauaʻi leaving a wake of destruction in its path. He shows how one Hawaiian family prepares for the hurricane and supports each other while the storm passes over their home. Jeffers will be signing copies of The Eye of the Lion. Kokee Natural History Museum Front Porch; 12:30 P.M. For more info, click here.
  • My Name is Makia Reading and Book Signing – The book was crafted by veteran broadcast journalist Pamela Young from years of conversations with Malo combined with earlier attempts at documenting his life, written by himself and edited by his late wife, Ann. Woven throughout his narrative are transcriptions of many of the stories Malo has told to audiences around the world. Join both Pamela Young and friend storyteller Jeff Gere at the bookstore for a special reading and then a book signing w/ Pamela and Makia afterwards.  Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall (4211 Waialae Avenue); 1:00 P.M. For more info, visit Watermark Publishing’s blog.
  • Special Event with Author and Kona Chef Jason Lofland – In Catch!: Dangerous Tales and Manly Recipes from the Bering Sea, Travis and his brother, Kona chef Jason Lofland, share secrets for navigating the high seas and making great food that will stick to your ribs. Jason says that growing up in Alaska gave him the opportunity to work with some of the freshest and best seafood around, especially having a commercial fisherman for a brother. In the Lofland family cooking and eating great food is a big part of life. Jason has helped open hotels and restaurants across the state and was the sous chef at La Bourgogne for 3 years. He is currently cooking at Holuakoa. Don’t miss this delicious event! Aspiring cooks will be invited to nibble on some samples while hearing Jason’s tales of kitchen adventures. Basically Books (160 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo); 1:00 P.M. For more info, visit Basically Books homepage.
  • Women’s Sexual Health & Vitality Workshop/Book Signing with Dr. Laurie Steelsmith – A fun, informative and sophisticated workshop to nurture your health and sexuality. Dr. Steelsmith will give you the tools to transform your body and life using nutrition, herbs, meditation and energy (Qi) boosting techniques. Discover how to support your adrenals and thyroid, beat the “blood sugar blues” and eradicate stress. Take home natural tips to enhance and balance your wellbeing and sexual health as well as your partner’s. Although Dr. Steelsmith’s patients include men, this workshop is for women only and will be valuable to women of all ages. Dr. Steelsmith’s brand new book, Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine will be available for sale and for her to personally sign your copy. Still & Moving Center (1024 Queen St.); 1:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. LIMITED TO 25 WOMEN ONLY. Advanced registration and information, call 397-7678.
  • Korean Dance and Music – Bonnie Kim will provide a lecture-demonstration that will feature a collection of various Korean dance and music performances. Bonnie is a recipient of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Program Apprenticeship Grant for 2011-2013. She has been studying with Mary Jo Freshley at Halla Huhm Korean Dance Studio for her apprenticeship project, focusing on developing Korean dance and music outreach programs for schools and communities. This one-hour program is produced by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program. Recommended for all ages. McCully-Moiliili Public Library (2211 S King St.); 2:00 P.M. For more information, call 973-1099.

Sunday, September 30

  • Securing Your Retirement: Transforming Social Security into a Winning Retirement Strategy – Financial Advisor David Ching will explain how careful strategic financial planning can insure a reliable and steady source of income each month after leaving the workforce. Ching will cover the basics of Social Security, Social Security eligibility, early retirement benefits, spousal and survivor benefits, strategies for collecting benefits, and taxation of benefits. This one-hour program is suitable for adults, especially those who are planning for retirement, or nearing retirement. Pearl City Public Library (1138 Waimano Home Road); 1:00 P.M. For more information, call 453-6566.
  • Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory – Come celebrate the publication of a monumental work on a very special place and its people by Anwei Skinsnes Law. She will speak on her newest and most comprehensive book, Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory. Over the last forty years, she has researched the history of leprosy in Hawaii, conducted oral history interviews at Kalaupapa, and produced documentaries and books on different aspects of its history. Join everyone as she shares some of the powerful and poignant stories of the residents and answers questions; then stay for a book signing, talk story, and refreshments. Native Books / Na Mea Hawaii (in Ward Warehouse); 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Refreshments will be provided. For more info, click here.
  • Bamboo Ridge Issue #100 Book Launch and Reading – Meet and hear some of the 70 authors featured in the long-awaited BAMBOO RIDGE Issue #100. Book signing and readings by Amalia Bueno, Lee Cataluna, Gail Harada, Ann Inoshita, Darlene Javar, Lisa Linn Kanae, Brenda Kwon, Michael Little, Normie Salvador, Susan Schultz, Moriso Teraoka, Lee Tonouchi, Beryl Allene Young. FREE and open to the public. FREE parking on campus. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Art Auditorium; 3:00 P.M. 
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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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