Book List

Here is a list of the books we have mentioned on Hawaii Book Blog with a link to each corresponding post.  Most of the links will send you to a review of the book that we read.  Some will send you to a recommendation of the book.  If we review the book, old recommendation posts will be replaced by the review.

The list is searchable through the search box on the top-right. You can also set the amount of entries shown and navigation arrows at the bottom of the list change the page. We are still under construction, and not all books have all their information outside of the title and author.

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The Adventures of Gary & Harry: A Tale of Two TurtlesLisa MatsumotoMichael FuruyaLehua Inc2006picture book, children's book
All Around the IslandsVera AritaRuth Moen CabantingBeachHouse Publishing2005picture book, children's book
Aloha ZooBeachHouseJing Jing TsongBeachHouse Publishing2010board book, children's book
Asian Supernatural: Including Hawaii and the PacificAlex G. PamanAlex G. PamanMutual Publishing2010non-fiction, reference
Balikbayan: A Filipino HomecomingMichelle Cruz SkinnerBess Press2009short stories, fiction
Beyond Ohi'a ValleyLisa MatsumotoMichael FuruyaLehua Inc1996children's book, picture book,
Big in Japan: A Ghost StoryM. Thomas GammarinoChin Music Press2009fiction, novel
The Boy Who Tricked the GhostsEllie CroweTammy YeeIsland Heritage Publishing2003juvenile fiction, children's book
Boyhood to WarDorothy MatsuoMutual Publishing1992non-fiction, history, World War II, Japanese
Aleatory AllegoriesSusan SchultzSalt Publishing2001poetry
Avebade Bade Hawaii's Pidgin PoetryJoe Hadley, "Bradajo"Mutual Publishing2001poetry
Beads, Boys and the BuddhaWendy MiyakeLotus Moon in Love2005short stories
Breaking the Blood: Kamehameha Moves the Naha StoneDavid Kawika EyreImaikalani KalaheleKamehameha Schools Press2008picture book, children's book
The Christmas Gift of AlohaLisa MatsumotoMichael FuruyaOhi'a Productions2004picture book, children's book
The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring BookMonika MiraLucid Publishing2009coloring book, ocean
Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the AlohaTiffany DeEtte Shafto and Lynda McDanielContemporary Publications2009non-fiction, art
Danny and the DolphinKate SommersDan MackinKate Sommers Writing2011inspiration
The Demon King and Other Festival Folktales of ChinaCarolyn HanLi JiUniversity of Hawaii Press1995folk tales, myths and legends, Chinese
Dog-of-the-Sea-WavesJames RumfordJames RumfordHoughton Mifflin Books for Children2004picture book, children's book
Duke's Olympic FeetEllie CroweMark BrownIsland Heritage Publishing2002picture book, children's book, surfing, biography
Eha Ko’u Opu!: My Opu Hurts!Ka’ohua Lucas Boots LupenuiKamehameha Schools Press2009board book, children's book, Hawaiian language book
Facing FutureDan KoisContinuum Pub Group2009non-fiction, music
Father Damien…”A Bit of Taro, A Piece of Fish, and A Glass of Water”Anwei Skinsnes Law and Henry G. LawACTA Publications2010non-fiction, history
Fierce Heart: The Story of Makaha and the Soul of Hawaiian SurfingStuart Holmes ColemanSt. Martin's Griffin2009non-fiction, surfing
Sleepytown PressJerilyn ItoBrooke WilmethSleepytown Press2010picture book, children's book
Gecko and MosquitoMelissa DeSicaMelissa DeSicaWatermark Publishing2007picture book, children's book
Glory by the Wayside: The Old Churches of HawaiiWilliam & Susan EcenbargerBooklines Hawaii2008non-fiction, photography, architecture
Goodnight Hawaiian MoonDr. CarolanJoanna CarolanBanana Patch Press2007picture book, children's book
A Grain of Sand: Nature's Secret WonderDr. Gary GreenbergVoyageur Press2008non-fiction, photography
Grandpa's Magic Banyan TreeJeff LangcaonJeff LangcaonMutual Publishing2005picture book, children's book
The Guide to American Money FoldsJodi FukumotoIsland Heritage Publishing2010non-fiction, hobby
The Guide to Island-Style Money FoldsJodi FukumotoIsland Heritage Publishing2008non-fiction, hobby
Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation StoryP.Y. IwasakiBeridoBess Press2010graphic novel
Bess PressMacKinnon SimpsonBess Press2008non-fiction, history, World War II
Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: 2nd CourseSusan K. YuenMutual Publishing2010cook book, bento, Japanese
Hawaii’s Best Pupu and PotluckJean Watanabe HeeMutual Publishing2004cook book
Hawai’i Cooks and SavesMuriel MiuraMutual Publishing2008cook book
Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook Volume 2, The: The Chefs’ Guide to Fresh Island FoodsJoan NamkoongWatermark Publishing2010cook book
A Hawai’i Japanese New Year with Yuki-chanTokie ChingKerina SalazarMutual Publishingpicture book, children's book, Japanese
Hawaii’s Party FoodMuriel MiuraMutual Publishing2007cook book
The Hawaii SnowmanChristine LeMutual Publishing2008picture book, children's book, Christmas
Hawai’i's Story By Hawaii’s QueenLili’uokalaniTuttle Publishingnon-fiction, history, memoir
Hawaiian Airlines: A Pictorial History of the Pioneer Carrier in the PacificStan CohenPictorial Histories Publishing1986non-fiction, history, aviation
Hawaiian Games to PlayDonald Kilolani MitchellKamehameha Schools Press2006non-fiction, history
University of Hawaii PressAngela Kay KeplerUniversity of Hawaii Press1998non-fiction, botany, plants
Hawaiian Legends of Tricksters and RiddlersVivian ThompsonPatricia A. WozniakUniversity of Hawaii Press1990children's book, juvenile fiction
Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea, and SkyVivian ThompsonMarilyn KahalewaiUniversity of Hawaii Press1988mythology, folk tales
Hawaiians of OldBetty DunfordBess Press2002non-fiction, history
Hina and the Sea of StarsMichael NordenstromMichael NordenstromBess Press2003picture book, children's book
A History of Punchbowl: Arlington of the PacificPierre MoulinHawaii Army Museum Society2010non-fiction, history, military
Holiday Gift-Giving RecipesMuriel MiuraMutual Publishing2005cook book
Homemade Gifts of Sweets & TreatsMuriel MiuraMutual Publishing2005cook book
House of ThievesKaui Hart HemmingsPenguin Press HC2005short stories, fiction
How Maui Slowed the SunSuelyn Ching TuneRobin Yoko BurninghamUniversity of Hawaii Press1988children's book
How the B-52 Cockroach Learned to FlyLisa MatsumotoMichael FuruyaLehua Inc1995picture book, children's book
How to Be an American HousewifeMargaret DillowayPutnam Adult2010literary fiction, novel
How to Weave Hawaiian Coconut Palm FrondsJim WidessMutual Publishing2006non-fiction, hobby
Hula: Hawaiian Proverbs & Inspirational Quotes Celebrating Hula in HawaiiMutual EditorsMutual Publishing2003hula, non-fiction
Humble Honest MenBob DyeWatermark Publishing2009literary fiction, novel
If You Live in a Small HouseSandra ParkMutual Publishing2010literary fiction, novel
In the Shadow of the Pali: A Story of the Hawaiian Leper ColonyLisa CindrichPutnam Juvenile2002historical fiction, middle school reader, young adult
Kai the ‘Opihi Gets the PointGail Omoto and Jan and Judy DillBooklines Hawaii2006children's book, picture book
Kamehameha the Warrior King of Hawai’iSusan MorrisonUniversity of Hawaii Press2003young adult, literary non-fiction, hawaiian history, myths and legends
Kaneohe: A History of ChangeDennis M. Devaney, Marion Kelly, Lee Motteler
Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian IslandsArnold HiuraWatermark Publishing2009cookbook, history, plantation, food, photography
The Last of the Dream PeopleAlice Anne ParkerH.J. Kramer1998fiction, novel, metaphysical
A Legendary Tradition of Kamapua’a, The Hawaiian Pig-GodLilikala KameeleihiwaBishop Museum Press1996myths and legends, hawaiian history
Legends of Surfing: The Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly SlaterDuke BoydMVP Books2009surfing, non-fiction, sports, photography
Lei AlohaMarsha HeckmanIsland Heritage Publishing2001lei, hobby, non-fiction, instructional
Lele Kawa: Fire Rituals of PeleTaupouri Tangaro
A Literary Lei: Flowers & Plants of Hawai’iJim and Virginia Wageman
The Little Lima BeanBrent Ching
The Living Art of BonsaiWalter Liew
The Maui Book of LavenderAlii Chang, Lani Medina Weigert, and Jill EngledowWatermark Publishing
Mele the Crab Finds the Way OutGail Omoto with Jan & Judy DillGarrett Omoto
Memories of Our House Befitting Heaven: A Halekulani History
Men Who Ride Mountains: Incredibly True Tales of Legendary SurfersPeter Dixon
Mililani MaukaChris McKinney
The Musubi BabySandi Takayama
The Musubi ManSandi Takayama
The Musubi Man’s New FriendSandi Takayama
My Dog has Flies- Poetry for Hawaii’s KidsSue CowingJon J. Murakami
My Grandma Could Do Anything in Hawaii!Ric Dilz
Name Me NobodyLois-Ann Yamanaka
Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai’iTom Coffman
Night FisherR. Kikuo Johnson
Night of the Howling DogsGraham Salisbury
No Footprints in the Sand: A Memoir of KalaupapaHenry Kalalahilimoku Nalaielua
O Kaina Ke Kumu Koa / Kaina the Koa TreeKawai’ae’a, Ka’awa, Keolanui, KrugerFurchgott
Obake FilesGlen Grant
Oh! A mystery of ‘mono no aware’Todd Shimoda
Okazu at the ZooLaurie Ide
One Man’s ParadiseDouglas CorleoneSt. Martin's Press2010mystery, legal thriller, fiction, novel
Pass On, No Pass Back!Darrell H.Y. LumBamboo Ridge Press
Pidgin to da Max
Plants in Hawaiian MedicineBeatrice KraussBess Press2001botany, nature, non-fiction
Plants of Old HawaiiLois Lucas
Plenty SaiminFeng Feng HutchinsAdriano AbatayoIsland Paradise Publishing2010children's book, picture book
The Polynesian Tattoo TodayTricia AllenMutual Publishing
Pono the Dog that DreamsJocelyn FujiiHula Moon Press
Prescriptions for Living a Creative LifeNeil Tepper
A President from Hawai’iDr. CarolanJoanna CarolanBanana Patch Press
Pupus: An Island TraditionSachi Fukuda
Rainbows Over Kapa’aBill Fernandez
A Reasonable PersonWalter Davis
Sam SurfsJing Jing TsongBeachHouse Publishing
Santa’s Hawaiian HolidayMalia CollinsLinda Oszajca
School for Hawaiian GirlsGeorgia Ka’apuni McMillen
Slices of Life in Hawaii Volume 1J. Arthur Rath III
Stories of Aloha: Homegrown Treasures of HawaiiJocelyn Fujii
Sun and Rain: Exploring Seasons in Hawai’iStephanie Feeney
Tales of the MenehuneMary Kawena Pukui
There Was an Old AuntieBeachHouseJohn Aardema
Too Many MangosTammy PaikaiDon Robinson
Top Maui Restaurants 2010James and Molly Jacobson
TropicaTony ClapesYishan Li
TuesdayDavid Wiesner
Tutu’s Da Kine HawaiiDr. Kurt Schulz
Volcano: A Memoir of HawaiiGarrett Hongo
Waikiki: Nine Walks Through TimeVeneeta Acson
Waikiki Tiki: Art, History and PhotographsPhillip S. Roberts
Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawai’iLinda Ballou
The Watercolor CatShelly Mecum
Wayfinding Through The Storm: Speaking Truth to Power at Kamehameha Schools 1993-1999Gavan Daws and Na Leo o KamehamehaWatermark Publishing2009history, non-fiction
Westlake: poems by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947 – 1984)Wayne Westlake
Where Are My Slippers? A Book of ColorsDr. CarolanJoanna CarolanBanana Patch Press
Wild Meat and the Bully BurgersLois-Ann Yamanaka
Wings of Paradise: Hawaii’s Incomparable AirlinesPeter N. FormanBarnstormer Books2005non-fiction, history, aviation
Words of WisdomLama Surya Das
Wordsworth Dances the WaltzFrances H. KakugawaMelissa DesicaWatermark Publishing
Written in the SkyMatthew KaopioMutual Publishing
Emma's Rainy DayBeachHouseJohn AardmanBeachHouse Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Lucy and Lilo Help the HonuMary Kate WrightMary Kate WrightMutual Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Nai`a to the RescueKatie Grove-VelasquezMichael OgataMutual Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Geckos Make A RainbowBeachHouseJon J. MurakamiBeachHouse Publishing2010board book, children's book
If You Were A Dinosaur In HawaiiBeachHouseHolly BraffetBeachHouse Publishing2010board book, children's book
What Maui Likes To EatTylun PangMutual Publishing2010cook book
The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan WongAlan Wong (with Arnold Hiura)Watermark Publishing2010cook book
Island Son: The Life and Times of Hawaii's Republican ReformerFred RohlfingLegacy Isle Publishing2010memoir, politics, history, non-fiction
Lio the Carousel HorseCarol Moen WingRuth MoenBeachHouse Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Stories of Rell Sunn: Queen of MākahaGreg AmbroseBess Press2010non-fiction, surfing, biography, short stories,
Hawaiian Country Tables: Vintage Recipes for Today’s CookKaui PhilpottsBess Press1998cook book
TweakervilleAlexei MelnickMutual Publishing2010literary fiction, novel
Aunty Audrey's Big Island EatsAudrey WilsonMutual Publishing2010cook book
By Request 2Betty ShimabukuroMutual Publishing2010cook book
Maile and the Huli Hula ChickenMary BraffetHolly BraffetMutual Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Geckos Up Geckos DownBeachHouseJon J. MurakamiBeachHouse Publishing2010board book, children's book
The Last AlohaGaellen QuinnLost Coast Press2009literary fiction, novel
Kekoa and the Egg MysteryTia Monteaux WallsHolly BraffetBeachHouse Publishing2010picture book, children's book
Arts and Crafts of MicronesiaBarbara WavellBess Press2010non-fiction, art
Bumpy LandingsDonald J. CareyBonneville Books2011literary fiction, novel, romance, coming of age
Aloha KiKiApril M. HiattScott Bosshardt2010picture book, children's book
Captain Cooked: Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge...and Recipes!S.P. GroganAddison & Highsmith Publishers2010fiction, novel, mystery, romance
The Cocktail Handbook: Cool Drinks from Hawaii's Hottest BartendersJesse Greenleaf and Amie FujiwaraWatermark Publishing2011non-fiction, cook book, drinks
Skye Object 3270ALinda NagataMythic Island Press2010science fiction, novel, sci-fi
Ancient HawaiʻiHerb KaneKawainui Press1998non-fiction, history, art
American Born ChineseGene Luen YangGene Luen YangFirst Second2006graphic novel
The Eternal SmileGene Luen YangDerek Kirk KimFirst Second2009graphic novel
Prime BabyGene Luen YangGene Luen YangFirst Second2010graphic novel
We Were HereMatt de la PeñaDelacorte Books2010Young Adult, fiction
Song of the Silk RoadMingmei YipKensington Books2011fiction
No Choice but to FollowJean Yamasaki Toyama, Juliet S. Kono, Ann Inoshita, Christy PassionBamboo Ridge Press2010poetry
Ball Don't LieMatt de la PeñaDelacorte Books2007Young Adult, fiction, basketball
Hoʻokupu: An Offering of Literature by Native Hawaiian WomenMiyoko Sugano, Jackie Pualani JohnsonMutual Publishing2009poetry, short stories, collection
Cold MagicKate ElliottOrbit2010fantasy, fiction
Anshū: Dark SorrowJuliet S. KonoBamboo Ridge Press2010fiction, novel, World War II, Japan
We Go Eat: A Mixed Plate From Hawaii's Food CultureSusan Yim (editor)Hawaii Council for the Humanities2009short stories, poems, prose, food
Thirteen Ways of Looking at TheBusGizelle GajeloniaTinFish Press2010poetry
Coming Home – A Practical and Compassionate Guide to Caring for a Dying Loved OneDeborah DudaSynergy Books2010non-fiction, senior care, mental health
Night on FireDouglas CorleoneMinotaur Books2011mystery, legal thriller, fiction, novel
Merrie the Little Hula DancerMaureen QuemadaMaureen QuemadaMutual Publishing2011children's book, picture book
I Choose YouPatricia Lei MurrayIsland Heritage Publishing2010children's chapter book, young adult
Ohana-Hawaiian Proverbs & Inspirational Quotes Celebrating Family in Hawai’iBetty SantosMutual Publishing2002quotations, inspirational
Orchid Isles: The Story of Orchids in Hawai’iPaul WoodRon Dahlquist (photography)Island Heritage Publishing2006photography, botany, nature
Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century HawaiʻiIsaiah Helekunihi WalkerUniversity of Hawaii Press2011surfing, non-fiction, hawaiian history, politics
Bamboo Ridge #98 Eric Chock, Darrell H. Y. Lum (Editor)Bamboo Ridge Press2011poetry, short stories, fiction, non-fiction, compilation
Noodles for BabyBeachHouseJamie MeckelBeachHouse Publishing2011board book, children's book, picture book, baby
Natural Hawaii: An Inquisitive Kid’s GuideDana RozierDotdot Books2011children's reference, non-fiction, nature
The Hawaii Book of RiceCheryl Chee TsutsumiWatermark Publishing2011food, cookbook, non-fiction, culture
Kelli's Hanauma FriendsJean Yamasaki ToyamaRussell SunabeCreateSpace2010children's book, picture book, poetry
Kaka‘ako As We Knew ItMarsha GibsonMutual Publishing2011non-fiction, short stories, history, neighborhood, kakaako
Legend of the Hula MooseChristine Taylor Sprowl TetakDiane LucasBookSurge Publishing2010children's book, picture book
The Hawaii Beer BookCheryl Chee TsutsumiWatermark Publishing2009non-fiction, food
Managing With AlohaRosa SayHo'ohana Publishing2004non-fiction, business
A Pocket Guide To: The Battle of Nu’uanu 1795Neil Bernard DukasMutual Publishing2010non-fiction, reference, hawaiian history, military history, maps
Hawaii’s Pets: Photos of Our Animal OhanaTim McGuireDeb McGuire (photographer)Mutual Publishing2011non-fiction, animals, photography, pets, cute
Three Years on Doreen's SofaLee CatalunaBamboo Ridge Press2011fiction, novel
Punahou BluesKirby WrightLemon Shark Press2005fiction, novel
Matson the MouseDuncan O'BrienRobyn DragePier 10 Media2011children's book, picture book
Filipino Ghost StoriesAlex G. PamanTuttle Publishing2011short stories, myths and legends, ghosts, supernatural
On Vacation With TutuLynne WikoffTammy YeeMutual Publishing2011children's book, picture book
Damien: The Making of a SaintMutual Publishing2011non-fiction, biography, picture book
Murder in WaikikiFred ZackelFred Zackel2010ebook, fiction, mystery
Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian WarriorMark PanekUniversity of Hawaii Press2011non-fiction, biography
Oh! A mystery of 'mono no aware'Todd ShimodaChin Music Press2009fiction, novel, Japan
Moon MangoesLindy ShapiroKathleen PetersonBeachHouse Publishing2011children's book, picture book
Up Among the StarsMatthew KaopioMutual Publishing2011fiction, novel
Don't Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made NewChristine Thomas (editor)Watermark Publishing2011myths and legends, folk tales, short stories
Tasi's Gift: A Tale of SamoaTamara MontgomeryJoseph D. DoddCalabash Books2011children's book, picture book, Samoa, folk tales
KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern PompeiiFrances H. KakugawaWatermark Publishing2011memoir, non-fiction, plantation era, World War II,
One Boy, No WaterLehua ParkerJolly Fish Press2012young adult, YA, novel, fiction, fantasy, adventure
The Little Hawaiian Bento Box CookbookSusan K. YuenMutual Publishing2012cookbook, bento, Japanese
The Little Hawaiian Lilikoi CookbookMutual Publishing2012cookbook
Japanese Buddhist Temples in HawaiiGeorge Tanabe and Willa Jane TanabeUniversity of Hawaii Press2012non-fiction, Japanese, Buddhism, Temples, Guide, Photography
Maka the Magic Music MakerShannon ScottHolly BraffettBeachHouse Publishing2012children's book, picture book, ukulele, music, keiki
Engraved at LahainalunaDavid W. ForbesHawaiian Mission Children’s Society2012non-fiction, Lahainaluna, history, Maui,
Daughters of FireTom PeekKoa Books2012fiction, novel, mythology, Hawaiian, folk tales, goddess, Pele, Poliahu
Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!Frances H. KakugawaAndrew J. CatanzaritiWatermark Publishing2012children's book, picture book, keiki, poetry, environment

Reading Lists

At Hawaii Book Blog, we often create or post a number of reading lists compiling Hawaii books under a related theme or concerning a specific person or resource.  So if you are looking for something specific or just want to peruse books in a certain category, check these out!  If you have any requests or recommendations, we’d love to hear them!


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