The Hawaiian Survival Handbook (Book review)

by Misty on September 17, 2014
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Survival and preparedness guides have gained a lot of popularity in the last few years, becoming a part of pop culture with the broadcast of reality shows like Doomsday Preppers and apocalyptic dramas like The Walking Dead.

The Hawaiian Survival

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The Hawaii Movie & Television Book (book review)

by Misty on July 15, 2014
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The scenic islands of Hawai‘i have long been the subject and location of many television and movie productions. Ed Rampell and Luis I. Reyes have compiled a unique reference book for screen enthusiasts in The Hawai‘i Movie and Television Book:

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Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Kii (Book Review)

by Alex on July 7, 2014
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You don’t see many local chapter books for children published regularly, so anytime Misty and I come across one, we are always eager to see how well it stands up and helps advance the genre. Cacy & Kiara and the

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Writing the Hawaii Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story (book review)

by Misty on June 30, 2014
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No plot, no problem! 30 days to a complete manuscript! Publish your own Kindle bestseller!

I’m no stranger to the market of these writing/publishing guide books. In the ever-long quest to improve my word-smithing skills I’ve purchased, borrowed, downloaded and …

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Kamehameha: The Rise of a King (book review)

by Misty on June 11, 2014
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In the final, dramatic pages of  Kamehameha: The Rise of a King (Kamehameha Publishing, 2013) author David Kāwika Eyre elegantly writes what the last moments of life may have been like for Kamehameha I–the beloved chief’s parting words …

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A Journey in Print Media: ‘125 Years of Covers’ (book review)

by Misty on December 16, 2013
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2013 has produced some visually stunning local books and the most strikingly hypnotic of them is from Legacy Isle Publishing (an imprint of Watermark Publishing).

Honolulu Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers by A. Kam …

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‘Timeline Hawaii’ Has Something For Everybody

by Misty on December 13, 2013
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This new, eye catching book from Mutual Publishing  is one of my favorite releases this year and it just came out in November. I could write sonnets about how much I love this but my other books might get jealous.…

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Keiki book review: Up in the Hawaiian Sky

by Misty on November 12, 2013
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Happy Young Reader’s Day! It is part of National Young Readers Week started in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Visit the Book It Program website for free stories and printables …

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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbook Society by Darien Gee (Book Review)

by Misty on May 14, 2013
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*As originally read in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, with some additional comments and personal views.

Hawaii island author Darien Gee takes us to Avalon, a small Illinois town with no shortage of drama, in her latest novel, The Avalon

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Boi No Good (Book Review)

by Misty on May 7, 2013
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Abridged from the original in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser 11/25/12

Hawaii writer Chris McKinney is often praised for his gritty portrayal of the darker side of paradise, the underbelly of a rapidly changing community.

His previous work — Mililani Mauka (2009),…

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Sweet Treats for Spring! Hawaii Bakes (cookbook review)

by Misty on March 28, 2013
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Spring is on it’s way and if you’re like me and my family you’re eager to resume eating those scrumptious sweets you gave up for Lent or New Year’s diet resolution. Check out Hawai’i Bakes, a new-ish cookbook …

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