2015 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award Nominees

by Misty on April 19, 2015
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It’s our favorite time of year again… the Hawaiʻi Book Publisher’s Association‘s Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards celebrating books published the previous year. Here are the nominees in each category:

EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

  • Honu and Hina: A Story of
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2014 Hawaii Book Publishers Holiday SALE!

by Misty on October 30, 2014
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After the loss of BORDERS Bookstores and the recent closing of the Kahala Mall Barnes & Noble, there are fewer opportunities to properly peruse through the latest Hawai’i books. Even at the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival it’s hard to …

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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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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: Malia in Hawaii

by Misty on November 21, 2013
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‘Tis the season for new releases! Mutual Publishing has a new book from author Karyn Hopper and illustrator Tammy Yee, that celebrates the multicultural heritage of local keiki.

Malia in Hawaii is about a little girl with a long …

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Friends of the Library of Hawaii Annual Booksale 2013

by Misty on June 20, 2013
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It’s summer time and that means one of our favorite book events of the year! The Friends of the Library of Hawaii Annual Book sale is one of the oldest and largest used book sales in the United States and …

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Small Hoku (Keki book review)

by Misty on June 4, 2013
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Small Hoku illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong is the latest keiki board book from Beachhouse Publishing.

Based on the popular children’s rhyme, this charming local version shows kids the important role of stars in Hawaiʻi. Following the …

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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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