Category: Books

Civil Geeks: Virtues of Venomous Creatures

I got to interview one of my favorite scientists for my latest “Civil Geeks” column. Christie Wilcox is a beloved and respective science blogger and communicator who recently published her first book. “Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry“: “The book gave me the chance to share the awesomeness of...

New Kona Coffee Farm Launches Online Store

The Big Island coffee farm founded by a former California winemaker and family man has launched its online store to ship its unique Kona coffee varieties to coffee lovers worldwide. Carta Coffee Merchants was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign when I wrote about the farm back in October, and even then...

Maui Photographer’s ‘King’s Highway’ Book Released

A new, crowdfunded photo book documenting the “King’s Highway,” an ancient Hawaiian road that once served as the main artery for the island of Maui, has just been released. The book release party for “The Maui Coast: Legacy of the King’s Highway” will be held tomorrow at the Paia gallery of its...

Science Writer Sam Kean Speaks Friday

One of the nation’s leading contemporary science writers will be the featured guest at a book talk hosted by Hawaii Pacific University on Friday. Sam Kean is perhaps best known for his 2010 bestselling novel The Disappearing Spoon, which led readers on an insightful and entertaining tour of the periodic table of the...

Local ‘Guardians’ Comic Book Funded on Kickstarter

Slowly but surely, Hawaii comic book fans are finding home-grown superheroes to cheer for. And while multi-billion dollar franchises struggle with diversity, the “Aumakua Guardians of Galaxy” are starting out with a multicolored palette. “It’s a group consisting of heroes with ethnic and cultural diversity,” indie comic artist Christopher Caravalho tells me....

Local Artists are the Stars at 6th Mini Con

To the delight of local geeks, comic nerds, and anime and sci-fi fans, the local events calendar has gotten very crowded lately, with a number of new conventions sprouting up. But long before comic cons became Hawaii’s hot new trend, a home-grown event had already taken root at a public library. On...

Revolution Books Finds New Home

After nearly 40 years in anti-capitalist business, the fiercely independent, counter-culture bookstore Revolution Books was running out of time. Last month, after more than a year of uncertainty, the store was informed that the lease for its second-floor space behind Puck’s Alley wasn’t being renewed. It was a space the store...

Local Writers’ Creations Featured at Fundraiser

The artists featured by Bamboo Ridge Press most commonly work in words, or in two-dimensions reflected on the page. But tomorrow, they are offering handmade items such as paintings, jewelry and other art as part of the press’ annual “Wine & Words” fundraiser. Bamboo Ridge Press is the state’s oldest and longest-running independent literary...

Hawaiian Astronomy Highlighted at Museum Talks

Perhaps the definitive book on Hawaiian astronomy and Polynesian voyaging, out of print for some time, is getting a comprehensive update 40 years since it was first published. Astronomy will be a recurring theme while the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is in Honolulu for the next two weeks. On Friday I recapped...

Children’s Book Authors to Talk Shop Today

The Hawaii chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is hosting an open discussion about what it takes to become a children’s book author today at the Hawaii State Library. Both would-be and established writers and illustrators can get advice and answers from a panel of five published...

Local Comics Fans Fuel the Return of ‘Pineapple Man’

Local Comics Fans Fuel the Return of ‘Pineapple Man’

A locally cultivated superhero comic that found a national audience in the 1990s is joining his mainstream peers in staging a big comeback. But unlike the mass-market revivals of Marvel and D.C. comics staples, “Pineapple Man” and his creators are turning to Kickstarter and both old and new fans alike to publish the next...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The Hawaii Book and Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It’s an event my family and I try not to miss (you can check out some of my photos from last year), and my wife in particular has a very deep relationship with books. It is not an exaggeration...

A Day at the Hawaii Plantation Museum

Publisher Puts Second-Grade Students in Print

School kids go on field trips all the time. But thanks to a Big Island publisher, one second-grade class was able to immortalize its visit to the Hawaii Plantation Museum in Papaikou in a 54-page, full-color paperback book. And the book is only the first of what will hopefully be many “author...

Q&A: The Hawaii Project by Mark Watkins

Tomorrow brings a Kickstarter campaign to help launch a new startup called “The Hawaii Project,” a book recommendation and news engine for people anywhere who aspire to relax on an island beach with something good to read. The Hawaii Project is the brainchild of Mark Watkins, who reached out to me...

2015 Koolau Writers Workshop

Island Writers to Gather in Kaneohe

Tomorrow is the deadline to register for the 18th annual Koolau Writers Workshop, hosted at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University in Kaneohe. If you’re a writer, or imagine yourself becoming one, it’s worth checking out. Writers’ events are surprisingly scarce in Hawaii. The well-known Maui Writers Conference...

Michael Kramer | Photo by Tina Stuart and Avi Okin/TEDxKamuela

Shifting from Sustainable to Resilient

Sustainability is a good thing, right? We want to live in sustainable communities, we want those communities to grow via sustainable development, we want to build sustainable businesses, and support them via sustainable investing. Earlier this year, we had a sustainability unconference here in Honolulu to explore all things sustainable. Of course,...

Daniel Sullivan Photography

Photographer Walks the King’s Highway on Maui

A Maui-based photographer is now focusing his talents — sharpened over years of globe-spanning travels — on his island home. When he’s not taking pictures, Daniel Sullivan and his wife CaraMiya Davies-Reid run the Indigo gallery shop in Paia, which they opened after moving to Maui in 2005. But he has been...

Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

Hawaii Terrorism Tale Tops Amazon Fiction Contest

“These are the last minutes of Charlie Kaleohano’s life,” opens Brian Reeves’ 310-page self published novel, swiftly drawing readers into a Hawaii in turmoil. The native Hawaiian independence movement has gained steam, but not without a price, a Waikiki hotel bombing and the assassination of a government official sparking conflicts and driving...

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

Maui Author’s Diet Tale Sparks Uproar

A children’s book author on Maui has set off a firestorm of controversy with a forthcoming title about a 14-year-old girl who finds her way to social acceptance through weight loss. “Maggie Goes On A Diet” was penned by Paul Michael Kramer, who moved to Hawaii from New York about...

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to...