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.


Now on to the events…

Friday, December 16

  • Special Children’s Storytime – Come to Wahiawa for children’s storytime this December!  Fun for the keiki and family.  Wahiawa Public Library; 10:00 A.M.  For more information please call 622-6345.
  • Bookish Novels on the Big Screen: Le Notti Bianche – Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a lover’s promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Luchino Visconti translates Dostoyevsky’s White Nights, a romantic, shattering tale of two restless souls, into a ravishing black-and-white dream.  Come to the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theatre at 1:00 P.M. with a second showing at 7:30 P.M. to enjoy this masterpiece of filmmaking.  To learn more about the Doris Duke Theatre’s Bookish Novels on the Big Screen series, check out our post.
  • Janet Spurr book signing event  – Janet Spurr will return to Hawaii and do a book signing event for her book, Beach Chair Diaries, at the book store on Maui.  Come and meet this friendly author, buy the book and get it signed.  To learn more about Janet Spurr, read our HBB Author Interview with her.  Barnes & Noble Maui (325 Keawe #101, Lahaina); 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  Call the store at 808-662-1300 for more information.  For more of her events in Hawaii, visit her website.
  • Friday Night Poetry Reading (Open Mic Style) – Share your poetry, prose, spoken word, freestyle, personal quote, or thought of the day on the Mic. Open to all ages.  Right in the heart of Kona Town.  Kanaka Kava Bar (75-5803 Ali’i Drive Kailua-Kona); 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.
Saturday, December 17
  • Friends of the Waialua Public Library Book Sale – Friends of the Waialua Public Library hold a book sale at the library every 3rd Saturday of the month! There is also a bake sale at the book sale. Join the Waialua Friends in supporting the library and find cheap books and ono treats!  Waialua Public Library (67-068 Kealohanui St., Waialua); 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Call (808) 637-8286 for more info.
  • Maui Friends of the Library Book Sale – Maui Friends of the Library will be having a used book sale in front of Whole Foods Market at the Maui Mall in Kahului. Please stop by and check out our selection of fiction, non-fiction and oversize books. All proceeds help support all of the libraries in Maui County. Membership applications will also be available.  Whole Foods Market (Maui Mall, Kahului); 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Call 808 871 6563 for more info.
  • Book Sale of Chinese language materials – The Friends of Liliha Public Library will conduct a Book Sale of Chinese  language materials.  There will be a variety of gently-used Chinese language books, videos, and CDs for sale at bargain prices.  Come early for the best selection.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase new books and other materials for the Library’s popular Chinese language collection.  Free parking is available on the rooftop. Liliha Public Library (1515 Liliha Street); 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.  Please enter through the side door.  For more information, please call the Library during regular public service hours at 587-7577.  Questions can also be answered in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.
  • KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii book signing – Free event.  Meet author Frances Kakugawa for a book signing of her latest book.  In KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, her fifth release from Watermark Publishing, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the Island of Hawai‘i—a town that no longer exists.  Book Gallery (259 Keawe St., Hilo); 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
  • The Hawai‘i Book of Rice Talk-Story and Book Signing – Talk-Story and Book Signing with author Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi.  A portion of the sales from The Hawai‘i Book of Rice benefits the Hawaii Foodbank to aid the organization in feeding those in need.  Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (2454 S. Beretania St., Honolulu); 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  To read our review of this lovely cookbook, see: Book Review + Event Info: The Hawaii Book of Rice.
  • “We Ring for the Holidays!” Honolulu Handbell Ensemble – The Honolulu Handbell Ensemble will present a holiday concert in the library’s main lobby. The ensemble is directed by Anne Craig Lum and comprised of handbell choir directors and advanced ringers from Oahu churches. They will perform holiday music using English handbells and chimes. This 45-minute program is suitable for all ages. Hawaii State Library; 12:00 Noon.  For more information, call 586-3520.
  • Spring Wind Quintet Holiday Concert – The Spring Wind Quintet, recognized as one of the country’s leading woodwind quintets, will share a selection of holiday songs. This quintet has been a major force in the development of chamber music in Hawaii. Their performance will both entertain and educate the audience with fun and interesting information about the music and the instruments. This one-hour program is suitable for all ages. Kapolei Public Library; 1:00 P.M.  For more information, call 693-7050.
  • Reading and Signing for Plenty Saimin by Feng Feng Hutchins – Native Books and Nā Mea Hawai‘i have been organizing “get together with books” events for the past few months, and the gatherings continue with the newest locally published titles. Parking is free, and all GET together with BOOKS’ events are always open to the public. Please join them for a reading and signing of Plenty Saimin with author Feng Feng Hutchins.  Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i (‘ewa end of Ward Warehouse); 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  For more information visit  For our review of this excellent keiki book, see:  Keiki Book Review: Plenty Saimin.
  • Small Island Book Signing – Meet Anthony Pignatero, local author of Small Island. He will be signing and discussing his suspenseful and thrilling Maui-based book! Barnes & Noble in Lahaina; 2:00 P.M.  Ask any bookseller for more information or call 808-662-1300.
  • Kona Celtic Connection – The Kona Celtic Connection will be sharing jigs, hornpipes, reels, and holiday musical treats along with a fascinating walk through history, elaborating the deep Celtic roots of this holiday season. Come and find out about the origins of Christmas traditions and enjoy the Celtic music that is such a part of this Yule Tide Season.  This special holiday program is free to the public.  Kailua-Kona Public Library; 2:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.
  • “A Writer’s Pen” Workshop—The Writing Process and Memoir Writing – Meet Frances H. Kakugawa as she leads a workshop on the writing process and memoir writing.  She will also sign copies of her latest book.  In KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, her fifth release from Watermark Publishing, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the Island of Hawai‘i—a town that no longer exists.  East Hawaii Cultural Center (141 Kalakaua St., Hilo); 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.
  • ’Tasi’s Gift: The Tale Of A Samoan Bowl – $20/adults, $15/seniors, $10/18 and under. This touching story of selfless giving brings together Samoan song, dance and design, as young Tuala learns to carve a traditional bowl from her grandfather, master carver Tasi. Order tickets online or call. (, 839-9885).  Tenney Theatre at The Cathedral of St. Andrew (Queen Emma Square); 4:30 P.M.  Author Tamara Montgomery will also be signing copies of the children’s picture book of the same name, both before and after the show.  Read our review here:  Keiki Book Review: Tasi’s Gift – A Tale of Samoa.
Sunday, December 18
  • KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii book signing – Free event.  Meet the author as she signs copies of her latest book.  Book is available for sale at the store.  Call (808) 961-0144 for more info.  In KAPOHO: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, her fifth release from Watermark Publishing, Frances H. Kakugawa shares the stories of her life in the town of Kapoho on the Island of Hawai‘i—a town that no longer exists.  Basically Books (160 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo); 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.  For more info, click here.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii book event – Artist Patricia Jennings discusses her book Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii.  Please come and enjoy Jennings sheds light on a transitional period in O’Keeffe’s art and life and shares for the first time her own inspiring coming-of-age story.  Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i (‘ewa end of Ward Warehouse); 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. For more information call 596-8885.

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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