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Saturday, October 1
 

4:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Authors - Hawai’i Literary Arts Council 2022 Awards - Elliot Cades Award for Literature
The Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council was founded in 1974 to encourage and promote literature and literary activity of all kinds in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i’s readers voted for these two outstanding local writers of the past year, and honor two people who have made major contributions to Hawai‘i’s literary life.

The Elliot Cades Awardees for Literature are:
  • Established Author, Ann Inoshita
    She is an assistant professor of English at Leeward Community College in Pearl City.
    Introduced by Lisa Linn Kanae
     
  • Emerging Author, Derek N. Otsuji
    Introduced by April Chang

The Loretta D. Petrie Awardees for Outstanding Service to the Literary Community are:

  • James Gusman Nagie 
    Poet, Editor, Tinfish Press
    Introduced by Susan Schulz
  • Marion Lyman-Merserau
    Author, Playwright
    Introduced by Christy Passion


 



Moderator
avatar for Eric Paul Shaffer

Eric Paul Shaffer

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of seven poetry books, including Even Further West and A Million-Dollar Bill. Green Leaves: Selected and New Poems will appear in 2022. 600 individual poems appear in reviews in America and eleven other countries. Shaffer teaches composition, literature... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ann Inoshita

Ann Inoshita

Ann Inoshita was born and raised on O‘ahu. She is the author of Mānoa Stream, an acclaimed 2007 book of poems. Ann also has participated with other poets in several renshi projects (including No Choice but to Follow and What We Must Remember), in which each writer posts a poem... Read More →
avatar for Marion Lyman-Merserau

Marion Lyman-Merserau

Marion Lyman-Merserau. Born and raised in Honolulu, Marion is a retired teacher, coach, canoe paddler, and Hokuleʻa voyager. She is the co-author, with Rev. John Heidel, of Character Education, and author of the book and  play,  Eddie Wenʻ Go - The Story of the Upside Down Canoe... Read More →
avatar for Jaimie Gusman Nagle

Jaimie Gusman Nagle

Jaimie Gusman Nagle is a writer and ceramic artist living in Ka‘a‘awa on the island of O‘ahu. Jaimie earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Washington and her PhD in Creative Writing at UH Mānoa. She is the founder of Mixing Innovative Arts, a reading series that ran... Read More →
avatar for Derek N. Otsuji

Derek N. Otsuji

Born on Oahu, Derek N. Otsuji is the author of The Kitchen of Small Hours (SIU Press, 2021), selected by Brain Turner for the Crab Orchard Poetry Series Open Competition. He is a 2019 Tennessee Williams Scholar (Sewanee Writers’ Conference) and has received awards from Bread Loaf... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 4:00pm - 5:15pm HST
virtual
 
Sunday, October 2
 

4:00pm HST

Author - Memoir - Garrett Hongo - The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo
A poet’s audio obsession, from collecting his earliest vinyl to his quest for the ideal vacuum tubes. A captivating book that “ingeniously mixes personal memoir with cultural history and offers us an indispensable guide for the search of acoustic truth.” (Yunte Huang, author of Charlie Chan).



Moderator
avatar for Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara

Mari Yoshihara is Professor of American Studies at UH Mānoa, specializing in U.S. cultural history, U.S.-Asian relations, gender studies, literary and cultural studies. She is the author of Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism, Musicians from a Different Shore... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, and grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu and in Los Angeles. His most recent books are Coral Road: Poems and The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays. A regular contributor to SoundStage! Ultra, Hongo lives in Eugene, Oregon, and is Distinguished... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Author - Alexander Maksik in Conversation with Anthony Marra: The Long Corner, A Novel
In Alexander Maksik’s The Long Corner, a personal tragedy drives Sol to leave New York and accept an invitation to The Coded Garden, an artists’ colony on a tropical island, whose mysterious patron, Sebastian Light, seems to offer the very escape Sol desperately needs. But the longer he remains in the Garden, the more Light comes to resemble Trump himself, and the games he plays with Sol become more dangerous. Slowly lines begin to blur—between reality and performance, sincerity and manipulation, art and life, beauty and emptiness—until Sol finds that he must question everything: his past, his convictions, and his very sanity.

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Moderator
avatar for Yvonne Hunter

Yvonne Hunter

Yvonne Hunter is an arts producer, book publishing veteran and former head of programming for the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Public Library. Resident in Hawaii since 2016, she handled the opening PR for Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina and runs a communications company... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aleksander Maksik

Aleksander Maksik

Alexander Maksik is the author of four novels: You Deserve Nothing, a New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A Marker to Measure Drift , which was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; Shelter... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra is the New York Times-bestselling author of Mercury Pictures Presents, The Tsar of Love and Techno, and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.


Sunday October 2, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Monday, October 3
 

4:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - Author - Marie Alohalani Brown - Ka Po‘e Mo‘o Akua: Hawaiian Reptilian Water Deities
Revered and reviled, reptiles have slithered, glided, crawled, and climbed their way through the human imagination and into prominent places in many cultures and belief systems around the world. Marie Alohalani Brown explores the fearsome and fascinating creatures known as mo‘o that embody the life-giving and death-dealing properties of fresh water.

Moderator
avatar for Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa

Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa

Lilikalā K. Kameʻeleihiwa holds the Gladys Brandt Chair of Comparative Polynesian Studies at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies [KCHS], in the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa. Since 1993, she has often served as the Director of Kamakakūokalani... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marie Alohalani Brown

Marie Alohalani Brown

Marie Alohalani Brown, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Religion, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is the author of Ka Poʻe Moʻo Akua: Hawaiian Reptilian Water Deities; of Facing the Spears of Change: The Life and Legacy of John Papa ʻĪʻī; and co-edior with Cristina Bacchilega... Read More →


Monday October 3, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - 488 Fishponds: Restoring a Unique Hawaiian Invention
Loko iʻa (fishponds) in Hawaiʻi were recognized as places of abundance to nourish thriving communities. Hear about the ongoing work and growing movement from kiaʻi loko across Hawaiʻi - these are the guardians, stewards, and caretakers of loko iʻa that remain important sources of sustenance for their communities.

Moderator
avatar for Brenda Asuncion

Brenda Asuncion

Brenda Asuncion was raised in Waipiʻo (ʻEwa, Oʻahu) and her foundational relationship to loko iʻa comes from volunteering and working at Heʻeia fishpond with Paepae o Heʻeia. Heʻeia continues to teach, feed, and nurture her family to this day. Now at the local non-profit Kua‘āina... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Loke Aloua

Loke Aloua

Loke Aloua is a kamaʻāina of Kona on Hawaiʻi Island. They serve Kaloko Fishpond as a kiaʻi loko (fishpond guardian) with Hui Kaloko-Honokohau. This grassroots community group is dedicated to the education and inspiration of all things loko, protecting and enhancing ecosystem health... Read More →
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Peleke Flores

Peleke Flores was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i and raised in Waimea, Kaua‘i. A graduate of Waimea High School and Kapiolani Community College, he transferred to UH Manoa, majoring in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, with special focus on Mālama ‘Āina. He served as the K... Read More →
avatar for Hi‘ilei Kawelo

Hi‘ilei Kawelo

Hiʻilei Kawelo is one the founders of Paepae o Heʻeia and has been its Executive Director since 2007. Paepae o Heʻeia is a small non-profit organization that cares for Heʻeia Fishpond, an 88-acre, 800-year old traditional Hawaiian fishpond located in Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu... Read More →


Monday October 3, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Tuesday, October 4
 

6:00pm HST

Wellness - Sharing Aloha at Home - Where It Matters Most
The pandemic created significant strains on families. Domestic violence in Hawai‘i increased ~300% and duration and severity of child abuse cases increased. The health of our families directly impacts child development, our workplaces and our communities. Please join us to hear from key leaders about growing aloha in our homes and helping families get the supports they need!

Moderator
avatar for Kerrie Urosevich

Kerrie Urosevich

Kerrie Urosevich, MA, PhD, is the Lead for Network Design and Innovation for Early Childhood Action Strategy (ECAS),  a government-nongovernment collective working to improve the system of care for Hawai`iʻs youngest keiki. She was in this role in the administrations of both Gov... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nanci Kreidman

Nanci Kreidman

Nanci Kreidman, M.A. is CEO and Co-Founder of the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). She has been working for 35 years addressing domestic violence. Nanci has served on many committees in the community and through appointments by the Governor, Chief Justice, Mayor and Attorney... Read More →
avatar for Kanoe Enos

Kanoe Enos

Kanoe Enos is a licensed social worker with over 10 years’ experience serving families and communities. Kanoe recently co-founded ʻAʻaliʻi Alliance, a partnership of consultants whose mission is to help organizations develop, design and implement initiatives that promote systemic... Read More →
avatar for Marty Oliphant

Marty Oliphant

Marty Oliphant has over 27 years of working in the field of social work in both community and government organizations, and is the Director of Program Integration at Liliʻuokalani Trust.  He has served children and families in both prevention and intervention programs, and  works... Read More →
avatar for Scott Nishimoto

Scott Nishimoto

Scott Nishimoto is a father, husband, and bedtime storyteller living in Puʻunui. He's also the Executive Director for Ceeds of Peace, a local non-profit devoted to raising peacebuilding leaders via community workshops for educators and other community members, platforms for youth... Read More →


Tuesday October 4, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Wednesday, October 5
 

12:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Sustainability – Author -The Carbon Almanac: It’s Not too Late. Facts. Connection. Action.
The legendary entrepreneurship guru Seth Godin put together 300 activists from 40 countries, to create The Carbon Almanac-- the Whole Earth Catalog for the climate crisis. The book presents the Facts, the Scenarios, the Impacts, and the Solutions, to enable everyone to take direct and personal part in the fight against climate change. Godin himself will field attendee questions.

The first 140 registrants will get a free copy of The Carbon Almanac sent to them!

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.


Moderator
avatar for Jeffrey Mikulina

Jeffrey Mikulina

Jeff Mikulina is a climate and social impact strategist who has led sustainability organizations for over two decades. He most recently served as the executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation for 13 years. Jeff currently hosts "Empowered Hawaii," a monthly TV show on Hawaii’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, and most of all — teacher. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 20 best-selling books, including Purple Cow, What To Do When It's Your Turn, This Is Marketing, and The Practice... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Wellness - Blending the Art of Food and Cooking with the Science of Medicine
Hawai’i is in the midst of a food crisis. Culinary Medicine presents part of the solution. With one 1 in 4 children facing food insecurity, Hawai’i ranks second in the country. At the same time, youth obesity in Hawai’i is over 15%. How can the islands have both skyrocketing rates of obesity and food insecurity. Doctors now see increasing advanced Metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of health issues characterized by abdominal obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, with increased risk of multiple chronic health issues like cardiovascular disease, stroke and early death. The bottom line is that a balanced diet, along with a healthy lifestyle, can reverse these risks. It can be arduous to reverse years of unhealthy health habits. In order to ensure sustainable success medical guidance can be of vital support.

Moderator
avatar for Ira Zunin

Ira Zunin

Dr. Ira Zunin earned his MD from UCLA, with a residency in Preventive Medicine, and a MPH. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Zunin has studied Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a member of the Hawai’i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanette Qablawi

Jeanette Qablawi

Jeanette Qablawi is a primary care physician specializing in Integrative Medicine and is currently practicing at Manakai O Malama. She completed her residency at New York Presbyterian and Columbia Hospitals, and a fellowship at Mount Sinai. She has a passion for preventative care... Read More →
avatar for Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts is Professor in the Department of Economics, UH Mānoa , the Economic Research Organization (UHERO), and Sea Grant at UH Manoa. His research focuses on effects of agricultural policies, impacts of climate change on agriculture, commodity pricing, renewable energy... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Thursday, October 6
 

4:00pm HST

Innovation - Advanced Visualization Tech for Hawaiian Cultural Preservation
Immersive technology has allowed us to design environments that create experiences, and that allow us to design spaces that reflect both our reality and imaginations. In this panel, Kari Noe will be discussing her work and collaborations in utilizing immersive technology to educate about Hawaiʻi history and support Kanaka ʻŌiwi ancestral knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Kēhau Noe

Kari Kēhau Noe

Studio Ahilele is the studio of Kari Kēhau Noe, a mixed-Kanaka ʻŌiwi freelance programmer and artist based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Originally from Kauaʻi, she has a BA in Animation and a BS & MS in Computer Science. She is currently working towards her Phd in Computer Science at... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Innovation Panel - The New Data Culture for Hawai‘i
A great example of the benefit of sharing rather than hoarding organization data is the Windward Housing Hui- a novel approach using multiple sources of data for addressing housing security on the Windward coast during the pandemic, and continuing today.

Moderator
avatar for Chad Blair

Chad Blair

Chad Blair is the Politics and Opinion Editor, Honolulu Civil Beat. He has been a writer, editor and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. His job as reporter and editor is to cover Hawaii, especially how political decisions impact people and communities. Chad has worked as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Terry George

Terry George

Terry George is Terry is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, which he has served since 2003. The Foundation invests about $8 million a year in grants to schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout Hawai‘i. Terry lives in... Read More →
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'Atalina Pasi

'Atalina Pasi is a Pacific Islander born and raised in Kahuku, and is mother to 5 beautiful children, with one on the way and wife to a hardworking husband from Hau'ula. She is currently a graduate student at Hawai'i Pacific University in their MPH program. 'Atalina feels blessed... Read More →
avatar for Nick Redding

Nick Redding

Nick Redding is Executive Director of the Hawaii Data Collaborative. Prior to founding the Collaborative, he served as Director of Social Research and Strategy for the Ulupono Initiative, a Hawaii-focused organization working to promote locally produced food, renewable energy, clean... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Friday, October 7
 

4:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Author - Fiction - Elizabeth Hand - Hokuloa Road, A Novel
A young man is drawn into the dark side of paradise in this "brilliantly atmospheric" (New York Times Book Review) and "refreshingly creepy" (Washington Post) mystery, about the eerie secrets of one Hawai’ian islan —a place where people have long vanished without a trace . . .

Moderator
avatar for Constance Hale

Constance Hale

Constance Hale is a Hawaii-born, California–based writer. Her features on slack-key guitar, sovereignty, Big Island cowboys, the Hawaiian language, and Spam musubi have appeared in publications like the Atlantic, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, Los Angeles Times, Miami... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand is the author of more than nineteen cross-genre novels and collections of short fiction, including The Book of Lamps and Banners and Curious Toys. Her work has received the Shirley Jackson Award (three times), the World Fantasy Award (four times), the Nebula Award (twice... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual
 
Saturday, October 8
 

4:00pm HST

Author, Fiction - Joseph Han, Nuclear Family: A Novel
Joseph Han, a 2022 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, reads from and discusses his critically acclaimed debut novel, Nuclear Family, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a most anticipated read by Entertainment Weekly, Time, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Goodreads, and USA Today.


Moderator
avatar for Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three collections of poetry including Cutlish which was awarded the Eric Hoffer Medal Provocateur, longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Books Award. His memoir Antiman won the Forward Indies Award... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Han

Joseph Han

Joseph Han was born in Korea and raised in Hawaiʻi. He is an editor for the West region of Joyland magazine, and a recipient of a Kundiman Fellowship in Fiction. His writing has appeared in Nat., Catapult, Pleiades Magazine, Platypus Press Shorts, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Authors, Fiction - Angela Nishimoto, Isabella’s Daughter & Cedric Yamanaka, Made in Hawai‘i
In Angela Nishimoto's Isabella's Daughter,  a counselor at Hawaii’s elite private school, David is a contradiction of privilege and victimhood. Middle-aged, still obsessed with memories of Isabella, flower of island society, unrequited love of his youth. Until he meets her daughter. He sweats, he stutters, but he’s going for it in Angela Nishimoto’s turn-of-the-century masterpiece of sly comedy and social critique.

Cedric Yamanaka’s Made In Hawaii celebrates life in America’s Fiftieth State. The men and women in this short story collection pursue dreams of a better life. They are teachers, bus drivers, actors, Realtors, Ultimate Fighting Champions, accountants, magicians, beauty queens, Elvis impersonators, graphic designers and personal trainers. Some will fail in their efforts. Others will succeed, often in ways they least expect.
The one thing these memorable characters all share is the place they call home. Hawaii.

Moderator
avatar for Misty-Lynn Sanico

Misty-Lynn Sanico

Misty-Lynn Sanico is the Communication Manager for Hawaiʻi nonprofit publisher Bamboo Ridge Press. A long time advocate and supporter of local literature, her book reviews and articles have appeared in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the Huffington Post, HawaiiReads.com and more. And... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Angela Nishimoto

Angela Nishimoto

Angela Nishimoto was raised on the windward side of Oahu, taught botany and biology on the leeward side, and resides in Honolulu with her husband. She holds a master’s degree in botanical science (botany) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.Angela has published more than forty... Read More →
avatar for Cedric Yamanaka

Cedric Yamanaka

Cedric Yamanaka was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the recipient of the Helen Deutsch Fellowship for Creative Writing at Boston University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English. At the University of Hawaii, he received the Ernest Hemingway Memorial Award for Creative Writing... Read More →


Saturday October 8, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Sunday, October 9
 

4:00pm HST

Author, Non-Fiction - Reflections in Stone & Bronze
An author, a celebrated Hawai‘i sculptor, and a famous Hawaiian musician explain and celebrate the stories of statues honoring Hawai‘i’s heroes and notables.

Moderator
avatar for Denby Fawcett

Denby Fawcett

Denby Fawcett is a columnist for Honolulu Civil Beat. She grew up in Honolulu where she has been a news reporter since she was 16 years old.  Denby has been a Hawaii television broadcaster as well as a newspaper reporter who covered the Vietnam war. She co-authored "War Torn: Stories... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl D. Soon

Cheryl D. Soon

Cheryl Soon has been a resident of Honolulu for forty-five years. Educated at Colby College in Maine, she has a Masters in City Planning from Harvard University and a PhD from UH Hawaii. She has been an associate of locally-based SSFM International for the past fourteen years. Cheryl... Read More →
avatar for Kim Duffett

Kim Duffett

Kim Duffett was originally from Ohio. Following travels through Europe, Africa, and South Pacific studying their art and cultures, he moved to Hawaii in 1977. His pieces can be found around the islands at Punahou School, Hilton Hawaiian village, several corporate and private collections... Read More →
avatar for Peter Apo

Peter Apo

Peter Apo is a former state legislator, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, and state and county government administrator. He is president of the Peter Apo Company, a Hawaiian cultural consulting service. Peter also pursues a serious avocation as a singer-songwriter.


Sunday October 9, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Authors- Poetry -Indigenous Pacific Islander Ecopoetry
In this anthology of contemporary eco-literature, the editors have gathered an ensemble of a hundred emerging, mid-career, and established Indigenous writers from Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and the global Pacific diaspora—all written in multilingual offerings of English, Pacific languages, pidgin, and translation. Six author- readers represent the main themes.

Moderator
avatar for Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez is a Chamoru from Guåhan (Guam). He is the author of five books of poetry and the co editor of five anthologies. He is a professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Speakers
avatar for Kamele Donaldson

Kamele Donaldson

Kamele Donaldson was raised in the Pacific Northwest as a Kanaka in diaspora. She currently attends the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi. She is a regular contributor to the Honolulu spoken-word poetry community... Read More →
avatar for Mary Therese Perez Hattori

Mary Therese Perez Hattori

A daughter of Guåhan (Guam), Mary Therese Perez Hattori is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori, who was originally of Kalihi, Hawaiʻi, and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez (familian Titang), of Chalan Pago, Guam. Dr. Hattori is acting director of the Pacific Islands Development... Read More →
avatar for Mahealani Perez-Wendt

Mahealani Perez-Wendt

Mahealani Perez-Wendt is a Native Hawaiian author who lives on the island of Maui. She was a recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature in 1993, and her work has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of the poetry collection Uluhaimālama... Read More →
avatar for Travis Thompson

Travis Thompson

TravisT (Travis Kaululaʻau Thompson) is an award-winning Kanaka Korean spoken-word poet and touring teaching artist from Kalihi, Honolulu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. As the only child of activist educators, he began performing his poetry at protest rallies and political demonstrations. He... Read More →


Sunday October 9, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Monday, October 10
 

4:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - Island Wisdom Hawaiian Traditions and Practices for a Meaningful Life
As the strategic vision for Hawai‘i tourism pivots from maximum numbers to Mālama Hawai‘i and regenerative tourism, we need to emphasize the values of the host native Hawaiian culture as values Visitors can engage with and even take home with them. This is the mission of the author and a panel of important Native Hawaiian Cultural Directors.

Moderator
avatar for Monte McComber

Monte McComber

Monte McComber is the Cultural Director for Royal Hawaiian Center.  Prior to his current posting, he served as the Director of Educational Services for the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA).  He serves as a board member for the Aloha Festivals, NaHHA, and Ulu A`e... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Akaka

Daniel Akaka

Daniel “Kaniela” Kahikina Akaka, Jr. was born & raised in Nu‘uanu and Pauoa Valleys. He attended the Kamehameha Schools for 13 years and received his BA in the Hawaiian Studies Program at UH Manoa. Mr. Akaka is presently employed at the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts Collection... Read More →
avatar for Kainoa Daines

Kainoa Daines

Kainoa is the Senior Director of Brand for the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau, oversees and integrates all Hawaiian cultural aspects of the Visitors Bureau and HVCB Members across the state. He sits on several community boards and chairs the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission... Read More →
avatar for Makalapua Kanuha

Makalapua Kanuha

Makalapua Kanuha is Cultural Director at Royal Lahaina Resort, and a Hawaiian community advocate. 


Monday October 10, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture -Samuel Mānaiakalani Kamakau  Ke Kumu Aupuni: The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood
For the first time in 150 years, the history that Kamakau taught his nation about the rise of Kamehameha and his conquest of the islands is presented in Hawaiian and English in the order in which he wrote it. A gripping story, long overdue.

Moderator
avatar for Blaine Nāmāhana Tolentino

Blaine Nāmāhana Tolentino

Blaine Nāmāhana Tolentino lives and works in Honolulu on O‘ahu. She is the co-editor of The Hawaiian Journal of History and an editor for Awaiaulu.

Speakers
avatar for M. Puakea Nogelmeier

M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Puakea Nogelmeier is a Professor Emeritus of UH Mānoa, where he taught Hawaiian language for 35 years. After decades of studying Hawaiian language, culture, and history, he co-founded Awaiaulu with Nakila Steele in 2003, to foster a new generation of resource people and fortify the... Read More →
avatar for Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit

Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit

Kauʻi Sai-Dudoit is a lifelong student of Hawaiʻi’s history and was the Director of the Hawaiian newspaper project, Hoʻolaupaʻi. She has been the Programs Director of Awaiaulu since 2011 and guides the progress of Awaiaulu’s various projects. She was a member of the initial... Read More →
avatar for Kalei Roberts

Kalei Roberts

Kalei Roberts is the Vice-Principal of Molokaʻi High & Intermediate School and has been a team leader and translator with Awaiaulu for the last 12 years. She was a member of the team that worked with Puakea Nogelmeier on the translation of Ke Kumu Aupuni/The Foundation of Hawaiian... Read More →


Monday October 10, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Tuesday, October 11
 

12:00pm HST

Wellness - Graphic Medicine
Graphic medicine comics have proliferated—an outpouring accelerated recently by the greatest health crisis in a century. In Graphic Medicine, comics artists and scholars of life writing, literature, and comics explore the lived experience of illness and disability through original texts, images, and the dynamic interplay between the two. By treating illness and disability as an experience of fundamentally changed living, rather than a separate narrative episode organized by treatment, recovery, and a return to “normal life,” Graphic Medicine asks what it means to give and receive care.



Moderator
avatar for Paige Rasmussen

Paige Rasmussen

Paige Rasmussen is the Managing Editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has degrees in comparative literature and Russian, and has worked variously as an editor, translator, writer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Becker

Suzy Becker

Suzy Becker is a New Yorker cartoonist and the bestselling author/illustrator of eleven titles, including ALL I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM MY CAT with 2 million copies in print in 45 languages and the award winning illustrated memoir I HAD BRAIN SURGERY, WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? Suzy... Read More →
avatar for Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner is a Professor in the English Department at the Ohio State University, where he also directs the Popular Culture Studies program. He is the author or editor of several books, including Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling (Stanford UP, 2012... Read More →
avatar for JoAnn Purcell

JoAnn Purcell

JoAnn Purcell, PhD (Critical Disability Studies, York U), used comics as a research method to inquire into disability and difference. A perpetual student, she has a MA in Art History from York University,  BScN from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Ontario College... Read More →
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Susan M. Squier

Susan Merrill Squier is Brill Professor Emeritus of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and English at Penn State University. Her many books include Graphic Medicine Manifesto (with MK Czerwiec et al.); Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine; PathoGraphics... Read More →


Tuesday October 11, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Sustainability Panel - Systemic Corruption in in Hawai‘i
Corruption amongst public officials in Hawai‘i has been exposed and alleged at the highest levels in the Honolulu police department and Honolulu prosecutor’s office, Honolulu and Hawai‘i County mayors’ offices, as well as in the Hawai‘i state legislature. Honolulu Police Commissioner Doug Chin, former Federal Public Defender Alexander Silvert and Common Cause leader Heather Ferguson discuss why corruption has been so rampant in Hawai‘i and what the leaders and the public can do to put a stop to it.



Moderator
avatar for Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a reporter on the City and County of Honolulu beat. She writes stories that hold the government accountable for how it spends your tax dollars and makes decisions that affect the lives of everyone on Oahu. Her coverage area includes the mayor, the Honolulu City... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Chin

Doug Chin

Doug Chin’s extensive career in public service includes serving as Hawai‘i Lieutenant Governor in 2018, Hawai‘i Attorney General from 2015-2018, Honolulu Managing Director from 2010-2013, and as a prosecutor for 15 years. In 2017, the Hawaii State Bar Association recognized... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Silvert

Alexander Silvert

Alexander Silvert, author of The Mailbox Conspiracy,” was raised in New York City and Vermont. After graduating from UCLA and driving a cab in New York, he obtained his JD from Boston College Law School.  He was a state and federal public defender in Philadelphia before moving... Read More →
avatar for Heather Ferguson

Heather Ferguson

Heather Ferguson is a Director of State Operations for Common Cause, and oversees operations in New Mexico, Texas, Hawai‘i, Oregon, Arizona, Indiana, Nebraska and Connecticut. Her work focuses on developing policy initiatives, managing legislative strategy, elected official outreach... Read More →


Tuesday October 11, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Wednesday, October 12
 

4:00pm HST

Sustainability - Malama One Water for Hawai‘i 2.0
The Red Hill fuel spill has raised consciousness of the fragility of our freshwater resources. But Sea Level Rise increasingly threatens all Hawai‘i’s  freshwater aquifers. Current water management focuses mainly on freshwater resources; this panel discusses the urgent need for integrated modeling of all Hawaii water, innovative wastewater tech, decentralized water treatment, and -Nature-based solutions.

Moderator
avatar for Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra

Christina Jedra is a reporter on the City and County of Honolulu beat. She writes stories that hold the government accountable for how it spends your tax dollars and makes decisions that affect the lives of everyone on Oahu. Her coverage area includes the mayor, the Honolulu City... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christin Reynolds

Christin Reynolds

One World One Water company founder and owner Christin Reynolds’ expertise includes policy, engineering, mapping, and modeling. As a specialist in coastal and water management issues, she has provided/provides support for federal and local governments in Hawai‘i and American Samoa... Read More →
avatar for Kaleo Manuel

Kaleo Manuel

Kaleo Manuel is Deputy Director for the State of Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management, tasked with administering the State Water Code. He is an 'ōlapa and ho‘opa‘a in Hālau Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, completing his traditional ‘ūniki rites with Kumu Hula Victoria... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman is a writer, speaker and environmental advocate.  He is the author of three books, including the award-winning biography Eddie Would Go. Coleman is the recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the Excellence in Non-fiction Award from the Hawaii Book Publishers... Read More →
avatar for Leah Bremer

Leah Bremer

Dr. Leah Bremer is research faculty with the University of Hawaiʻi Water Resources Research Center and the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO). She is a geographer by training and works on a variety of water and watershed conservation projects in Hawaiʻi... Read More →


Wednesday October 12, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Sustainability - Author - Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation
A new book by leading climate change activist Paul Hawken,  Regeneration is a radical new approach to the climate crisis, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world.

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.



Moderator
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Makena Coffman

Makena Coffman is the Director for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. She is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Research Fellow with the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization, and Chair of the City & County... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of eight books that have been published in thirty languages in more than fifty countries and have sold more than two million copies. Hawken is a renowned lecturer who has keynoted conferences and led workshops... Read More →


Wednesday October 12, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Thursday, October 13
 

1:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Authors -John Irving, The Last Chairlift, In Conversation with and Jason Reynolds, Ain’t Burned All the Bright
Limited Capacity full

Two best-selling authors interviewed by their publisher.
A Simon & Schuster Multi-Festival Event

The Oct 13th interview with John Irving and Jason Reynolds can be accessed via
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW3ofH7deuM

Moderator
avatar for Jonathan Karp

Jonathan Karp

Jonathan Karp is President and CEO of Simon & Schuster. In this role, he is responsible for all the publishing and operations of Simon & Schuster’s numerous publishing groups as well as its international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Irving

John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall... Read More →
avatar for Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm HST
virtual

4:00pm HST

Innovation - Biomimicry in the Brazilian Amazon: How animals’ Scales, Beaks, Fins, and Wings Inspire Manmade Innovations
Dr. Marc Meyers is a pioneer of biomimicry, engineering tech solutions based on natural structures.

Moderator
avatar for Tarah Sullivan Suiter

Tarah Sullivan Suiter

Tarah Sullivan Suiter is a senior engineer at Oceanit and primarily works on Department of Defense supported biomimetic projects. She received her doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2017, advised by Professor Marc Meyers... Read More →

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avatar for Marc Meyers

Marc Meyers

Marc André Meyers is an American materials scientist, engineer and Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Meyers studies and writes about the dynamic behavior of materials, synthesis, processing, impact testing, and characterization of new materials... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Innovation – Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) for 100% Renewable for Hawai‘i
Hawaiʻi has a unique opportunity to harness the largest untapped renewable energy source on planet earth, OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion). In doing so we can achieve energy independence while reducing our energy costs, foster a world leading oceanographic industry that decreases our reliance on tourism, and ushering humananity to Kardashev Type I.

Speakers
avatar for Sterling Yee

Sterling Yee

Sterling Yee is the Director of Strategic Consulting Services at Oceanit and is responsible for overseeing management consulting projects in addition to business development. Some of the clients he has worked with include the State of Hawai‘i, the City & County of Honolulu and other... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Harmon

Nathaniel Harmon

Nathaniel Harmon attended the University of Hawai‘i Manoa, receiving an MS in Marine Geology and Geochemistry. Involved with Bitcoin since 2013, he combined his formal education with his passion by founding Blockchain Solutions Hawai‘i (BSH) “Hawai‘i’s Blockchain Helpdesk... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Friday, October 14
 

4:00pm HST

Poetry - Joseph Stanton, Prevailing Winds & Richard Tillinghast, Blue if Only I Could Tell You
Joseph Stanton often writes in response to artworks and Hawaii wildlife, and will be reading from Prevailing Winds, his seventh book of poems. Stanton, a Professor Emeritus at UH-Mānoa , is  widely published in such journals as Poetry, New York Quarterly, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, New Letters, and Bamboo Ridge.
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Melodious, lyrical, Richard Tillinghast’s poems of place and displacement are deeply personal as they look back over a long and eventful life. Tillinghast also focuses on troubled and troubling aspects of the American story: the Indian Wars of the 19th century and the history of race relations in his native South, from slavery to the country’s current racial reckoning.

Moderator
avatar for Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Stanton

Joseph Stanton

Joseph Stanton’s books of poems are Prevailing Winds, Moving Pictures, Things Seen, Imaginary Museum, A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oahu, Cardinal Points, and What the Kite Thinks. His poems have appeared in Poetry, New Letters, Harvard Review, Antioch Review, New York... Read More →
avatar for Richard Tillinghast

Richard Tillinghast

Richard Tillinghast is the author of thirteen books of poetry and five of creative non-fiction. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, and elsewhere. His new book, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, 2022... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - The Eddie Kamae Songbook: A Musical Journey
The Eddie Kamae Songbook is a Musical Journey through a compilation of 34 songs that played an important role in Eddieʻs life.  Each song includes video/audio clips, music sheets and more. Join us at the 17th annual Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival on October 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Myrna Kamae

Myrna Kamae

Myrna Kamae is producer of ten award-winning documentaries and Executive Director of The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation. She co-produced, with her husband, Eddie Kamae 14 songs and 7 albums of Hawaiian music. She worked in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and for the Department... Read More →
avatar for Kapena Shim

Kapena Shim

Kapena Shim is the archivist for the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation since 2013 where his efforts are focused on processing the archives and making all the raw footage from the ten documentaries freely available through a partnership with ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving... Read More →
avatar for Lilinoe Andrews

Lilinoe Andrews

Lilinoe Andrews did the writing and research for the recently published Eddie Kamae digital songbook project as part of the Hui Hana team. As a curriculum specialist at UH West Oʻahu she focuses on Hawaiian language and knowledge. She is currently a doctoral student in the Hawaiian... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Saturday, October 15
 

4:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Author -Liz Lerman, Critique is Creative, The Critical Response Process
In a conversation moderated by Vancouver, BC performing arts curator Joyce Rosario, author Liz Lerman will be joined by Hawai’i-based artists Elizabeth Fisher and Meleanna Meyer. With readings from Liz’s new book, Critique Is Creative as a provocation, the group will address feedback as a  dimension of creative production, cultural tradition, and lifelong learning.

Moderator
avatar for Joyce Rosario

Joyce Rosario

Joyce Rosario is a performing arts curator and consultant living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, Canada), her family is from Pangasinan (Philippines). Joyce’s practice is guided by values of collaboration, rigor and care... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Meleanna Aluli Meyer is a prizewinning multi-media artist, educator, filmmaker, author, teacher and community builder, whose paintings and other works are included in all the major collections in Hawai‘i. She graduated from Stanford with Honors in Design/Photography , and has an... Read More →
avatar for Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur Genius Grant, a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and a Deutsch Fellowship. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Fisher

Elizabeth Fisher

Betsy Fisher performs and presents her choreography worldwide. Currently Professor of Dance at UHM, she also taught at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, UC Santa Cruz, and as a Fulbright Scholar at The Theatre Academy of Finland. She toured internationally with The Murray... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Authors Fiction - Tyler McMahon, One Potato, In Conversation with Sara Ackerman
Eddie Morales finds his lowly R&D life completely upended when his Boise-based biotech firm dispatches him to Puerto Malogrado, a tiny but tumultuous country in South America where the international media is accusing their experimental potatoes of causing a bizarre medical crisis.
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A brilliant female codebreaker. An “unbreakable” Japanese naval code. A pilot on a top-secret mission that could change the course of WWII. The Codebreaker's Secret is a dazzling story of love and intrigue set during America’s darkest hour.

Moderator
avatar for Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman is a writer, speaker and environmental advocate.  He is the author of three books, including the award-winning biography Eddie Would Go. Coleman is the recipient of the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the Excellence in Non-fiction Award from the Hawaii Book Publishers... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tyler McMahon

Tyler McMahon

Tyler McMahon was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. He studied English at the University of Virginia and received an MFA in fiction writing from Boise State University. He's the author of the novels How the Mistakes Were Made, Kilometer 99, Dream of Another America, and... Read More →
avatar for Sara Ackerman

Sara Ackerman

Sara Ackerman is a Hawai'i born author of WWII historical fiction. Her books have been labeled “unforgettable” by Apple Books, “empowering & deliciously visceral” by Book Riot, and New York Times bestselling authors Kate Quinn and Madeline Martin have praised Sara’s novels... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
  Authors, Fiction
  • about <strong>Sara Ackerman</strong> is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction set in Hawaii. Her most recent novel, <em>Radar Girls</em>, about the Women’s Air Raid Defense, is an Amazon best book of the month. Born and raised in Hawaii, Sara studied journalism and later earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine.
 
Sunday, October 16
 

4:00pm HST

Author- Jason Quinn, Concrete Rainbow
Jason Quinn describers his new novel, Concrete Rainbow: A beautiful and harrowing coming of age story filled with poetry. Set in Hawaii, it is a meditative study of human behavior, the nuances of cultural identity, and the effects of trauma and abuse on children in a callous society.


Moderator
avatar for Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Quinn

Jason Quinn

Jason Quinn has spent more than twenty years as a writer, director and actor honing his craft on and behind local, and national stages and screens in New York, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. His acclaimed hip hop album was featured in Grand Theft Auto. His film, The Trickle Down Effect... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Playwrights - Victoria Kneubuhl, Harry Wong III, & Donna Blanchard with Actors Reading New Scripts for Kumu Kahua Theatre
For more than 50 years Kumu Kahua Theatre has been devoted to presenting plays by and about the people of Hawai'i. They're work begins with developing playwrights and nurturing their work to prepare it for production. This is a conversation with veteran playwright Victoria Kneubuhl, the theatre's artistic director, Harry Wong III, and managing director, Donna Blanchard about the playwriting process in Hawai’i. This hour will also feature veteran actors reading exceptional scripts by new playwrights submitted to a monthly playwriting contest co-sponsored by the theatre and Bamboo Ridge Press.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Wong

Harry Wong

Harry Wong III has directed over 100 plays in his career, with 52 of those plays were directed at KKT in his capacity as Artistic Director. Harry was the co-founder of Hawai‘i Shakesp[eare Theatre, and a founding Board Member of the Lizard Loft. He was awarded the 1991 & 1993 Masako... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Kneubuhl

Victoria Kneubuhl

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl was born in Honolulu and is of Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry. Many of her plays have been produced by Kumu Kahua, including Ola Nā Iwi (twice), Fanny and Belle, and The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu. Her production, The Holiday of Rain, was specially commissioned... Read More →
avatar for Donna Blanchard

Donna Blanchard

Donna Blanchard is the Managing Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre, Executive Team Member of the `Ohina Showcase, Labs and Films, President of the Hawaii State Theatre Council, recipient of the Pacific Business News “Women Who Mean Business” 2022 recognition, and a former Community... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
In-Person Event
 
Monday, October 17
 

4:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - Leveraging Sovereignty: Kauikeaouli’s Global Strategy for the Hawaiian Nation, 1825–1854
Faced with a hostile takeover of his kingdom, Kauikeaouli boldly challenged Britain, France and the United States to recognize his sovereign rule over an independent state. And he succeeded. But then another struggle began, for the king quickly learned that assurances of territorial sovereignty did not include assurances of functional sovereignty.

Moderator
avatar for Lorenz Gonschor

Lorenz Gonschor

Originally from Germany, Lorenz Gonschor obtained a master’s degree in Pacific Islands studies, and a PhD in political science from the University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa -- the basis for his book A Power in the World: The Hawaiian Kingdom in Oceania. He has taught at the University... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J. Susan Corley

J. Susan Corley

J. Susan Corley, PhD, was born and raised in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu and holds a PHD in history from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has researched extensively in Hawaiian-and English-language newspapers, letters, manuscript collections, and kingdom governance documents of... Read More →


Monday October 17, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Hawaiian Culture - Likoliko No’eau: A Flourishing Tradition of Contemporary Hawaiian Art ; Art and Mana‘o from Nine Kanaka Maoli Artists
Likoliko Noʻeau: a flourishing tradition of contemporary Hawaiian art is a first-of-its-kind artfolio collection of prints and manaʻo from nine Hawaiian artists. Project curator Meleanna Meyer and Kamehameha Publishing’s Meredith Desha Enos will discuss the project with some of these artists, as well as what it means to them to be modern creators of visual moʻolelo

Moderator
avatar for Meredith Enos

Meredith Enos

Meredith Desha Enos is a writer, editor, and performer who has worked in the local arts community for over 20 years. She also enjoys ʻāina-based initiatives and education. She is currently Editorial Acquisitions and Development Lead, Contemporary Voices and ʻŌiwi Scholarship... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Al Lagunero

Al Lagunero

AL LAGUNERO has had a variety of teachers throughout his life, in both formal education (Arizona State University and the San Francisco Art Institute) and in informal settings. He also credits his family including generations of ancestors and the spirits of the seas and islands themselves—as... Read More →
avatar for Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Meleanna Aluli Meyer is a prizewinning multi-media artist, educator, filmmaker, author, teacher and community builder, whose paintings and other works are included in all the major collections in Hawai‘i. She graduated from Stanford with Honors in Design/Photography , and has an... Read More →
avatar for Noelle Kahanu

Noelle Kahanu

Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu (Kanaka ʻOiwi/Native Hawaiian) is a fifteen-year veteran of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI, where she developed scores of exhibitions and programs. She worked on the renovation of Hawaiian Hall (2009), Pacific Hall (2013), and the landmark E Kū Ana Ka Paia... Read More →


Monday October 17, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Tuesday, October 18
 

4:00pm HST

Wellness - Finding Hope and Healing in the Perfect Storm: Pandemic, Isolation & Eating Disorders
Wellness - Breakthrough for Safer Gene Editing - Dangers of gene therapy vs. the potential for cure – What could be possible with gene therapy in the next few years? – Germ line therapy: if it’s so safe why is it still forbidden?




Moderator
avatar for Brittany Lyte

Brittany Lyte

Brittany Lyte is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat who specializes in watchdog reporting, narrative storytelling and coverage of neighbor island and social issues. Prior to joining Civil Beat, she juggled a freelance writing career and appeared in publications including The Wall... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Coles, MD

Adam Coles, MD

Adam Coles, MD is a general and pediatric psychiatrist, the Medical Director of Ai Pono Maui, and a psychiatrist for the Hawaii Department of Health. Before attending medical school he was a practicing architect. Living on Maui with his family, he equally loves swimming in the ocean... Read More →
avatar for Liz Kaoh

Liz Kaoh

Liz Kaoh, MA, MS, is a registered dietitian with graduate degrees both in psychology and human nutrition. She concentrated her studies in psychology on mind-body therapies and in nutrition, on regenerative farming. After working in oncology for several years, she began her work offering... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Thom

Sarah Thom

Sarah Thom, a Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach, RN, BSN, CCRN, is the founder of Holistic Eating Disorder Recovery Coaching. As a coach, she provides a unique skill set cultivated from her own recovery and development of holistic practices focusing on body, mind and spirit... Read More →
avatar for Anita Johnston, PhD

Anita Johnston, PhD

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., CEDS-S, certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor, has been working in the field of eating disorders for over 35 years with multiple publications in professional books and journals, and is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, which has been... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Wellness - Breakthrough for Safer Gene Editing
The most common gene delivery approaches are virus-based. These approaches are often highly efficient but can cause unwanted immune responses. This JABSOM lab has developed new non-viral strategies to overcome many of the limitations of virus-based vectors. This is the first proof of  concept that RNA can be used to target transposition to the human genome.



Moderator
avatar for Ira Zunin

Ira Zunin

Dr. Ira Zunin earned his MD from UCLA, with a residency in Preventive Medicine, and a MPH. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Zunin has studied Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a member of the Hawai’i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jesse B. Owens

Jesse B. Owens

Jesse B. Owens, PhD, grew up in Keaukaha on the Big Island and attended Hilo High School. After his undergraduate work at the University of California/Santa Cruz in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, He returned to Hawaii to work with Dr. Stefan Moisyadi at JABSOM to... Read More →
avatar for David Segal

David Segal

Dr. David Segal received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, studying how to stimulate recombination with double-strand breaks in DNA. During his postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute he helped create the first zinc finger nucleases. At UC Davis, he focuses on... Read More →
avatar for Johann Urschitz

Johann Urschitz

Johann Urschitz, PhD, is interested in prenatal biology, especially in the origins of fetal growth abnormalities. Pregnancies that are complicated by fetal growth abnormalities are associated with increased perinatal morbidity and mortality and increases the risk for the child of... Read More →


Tuesday October 18, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Wednesday, October 19
 

4:00pm HST

Sustainability - Decolonizing Conservation -Hawai‘i Models Biocultural Restoration for the World
Listen to the radical approaches pioneered by these Hawai‘i scientists to “decolonizing conservation” -- not just a slogan, but an active recognition that the science needs to include indigenous wisdom and practices.

Moderator
avatar for Noelani Puniwai

Noelani Puniwai

Noelani Puniwai is an Associate Professor at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa, focusing on supporting students to work with communities, and across disciplines, to progress the health of our people and 'aina/kai. As a mālama ʻāina warrior, native Hawaiian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sam ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon

Sam ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon

Sam ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III is the Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi & Palmyra – Conventionally trained as a conservation biologist, Sam was also traditionally trained by Kumu John Keolamakaʻāinana Lake, and underwent the ʻūniki... Read More →
avatar for Kawika Winter

Kawika Winter

Kawika Winter is a biocultural ecologist who is currently the Director of the He`eia National Estuarine Research Reserve on O`ahu, with a tenure track position at the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology, and a graduate faculty position in Natural Resources and Environmental Management... Read More →
avatar for Noa Kekuewa Lincoln

Noa Kekuewa Lincoln

Noa Kekuewa Lincoln is a researcher, farmer, advocate, and advisor to many efforts around the revitalization of our traditional crops and ways of growing food to enhance local food security and sustainability. He is the author of Ko: An Ethnobotanical Guide to Hawaiian Sugarcane... Read More →


Wednesday October 19, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:30pm HST

*Special Presentation: Author - Juli Berwald, Life on the Rocks; Building a Future for Coral Reefs An in-person event - Architecture Auditorium (Room 205) - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: diverse, interconnected, and full of wonders. Life on the Rocks is an ode to people working to save coral intertwined with the author's daughter’s struggle with mental illness. She explores fighting battles with uncertain outcomes and the beauty of small victories.

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.

Speakers
avatar for Juli Berwald

Juli Berwald

Science writer Juli Berwald is a lifelong student of the ocean. She received her PhD in ocean science from  University of Southern California, and her work has appeared in National Geographic, Discover, and The New York Times. She is the author of many science textbooks, a science-memoir... Read More →


Wednesday October 19, 2022 6:30pm - 7:30pm HST
In-Person Event
 
Thursday, October 20
 

4:00pm HST

Wellness - Raising Awareness About Autism, Inclusion and Family Support in Hawai‘i
About 2% of Hawaii’s children have autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States. Join us to learn more about autism and how communities in Hawai‘i can support autistic children and their families.

Moderator
avatar for Ira Zunin

Ira Zunin

Dr. Ira Zunin earned his MD from UCLA, with a residency in Preventive Medicine, and a MPH. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Zunin has studied Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a member of the Hawai’i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Kaahanui

Amanda Kaahanui

Amanda loves being a parent, advocate and care coordinator for her handsome 19-year-old son Ikaika. She is the Program Specialist at SPIN, the Special Parent Information Network, and helps families find information, resources and support for their children with special needs. In... Read More →
avatar for May Okihiro

May Okihiro

May Okihiro, MD, is the Director of the Hawai‘i MCH LEND Program, which provides future leaders with the knowledge and skills required to improve the supports and services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She is also... Read More →
avatar for Susan Rocco

Susan Rocco

Susan Rocco found her true calling in 1985 as the coordinator of a new parent information and referral program--the Special Parent Information Network--within the Disability and Communication Access Board and in partnership with the Hawai‘i Department of Education. She likes to... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Stern

Jeffrey Stern

Jeff Stern, PhD,  raised in  Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, attended college on the mainland, then returned to UH Mānoa to study crosscultural psychopathology and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Dr. Stern is currently an assistant professor of Psychology at Chaminade University... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Innovation - Defining the EDGE of Energy - Sustainable Energy Transformation
Energy & Decarbonization for the Global Environment (EDGE) is Oceanit’s initiative to tackle energy decarbonization across the production, transmission, distribution, and storage of clean energy. For example, Oceanit’s HydroPel nanotechnology provides significant and rapid decarbonization and methane reduction, when applied to nearly 3 million miles of existing U.S. methane pipelines.

Moderator
avatar for Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

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avatar for Patrick K. Sullivan

Patrick K. Sullivan

Dr. Patrick Sullivan is the Founder and CEO of Oceanit, a Honolulu tech company, and author of Intellectual Anarchy: The Art of Disruptive Innovation. He was Hawaii Business Magazine’s 2016 “CEO of the Year” and Pacific Business News 2019 “Titans of Technology Leader.” Dr... Read More →


Thursday October 20, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Friday, October 21
 

8:00am HST

*Special Presentation: Author -Giulio Boccaletti - Water & Civilization: A Planetary Experiment
Giulio Boccaletti, author of the magisterial history: Water: A Biography, comes to us from London. He shows how the political control of water has shaped civilizations, and how only political will can head off a civilization-ending crisis of population explosion and climate change that will cause mass migration and catastrophic violence.

Boccaletti will be joined in conversation by:
  • Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Dana Naone Hall Chair in Hawaiian Studies, Literature, and the Environment
  • Ernie Lau, Chief Engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply
  • Kapua‘ala Sproat, Director, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.



Moderator
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D. Kapua'ala Sproat

Kapua Sproat is Assistant Professor at the William Richardson School of Law with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program. Prior to joining the faculty, Kapua spent nine years as an attorney in the Hawai‘i office of Earthjustice... Read More →

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Kamanamaikalani Beamer

Kamanamaikalani Beamer is a full professor in the Hui ʻĀina Momona Program at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa. He serves a dual appointment in the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and in the William S. Richardson School of Law as part of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence... Read More →
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Giulio Boccaletti

Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D. was trained as a physicist. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow, and has been a research scientist at MIT, a partner of McKinsey & Company, and the chief strategy officer of The Nature Conservancy... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Lau

Ernie Lau

Ernest Y. W. Lau, PE, is the tenth manager and chief engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the BWS, with a focus on furthering the department's mission to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am HST
virtual

4:00pm HST

Playwright - Flowers of Hawaii - an anthology of plays by Lee Cataluna
Lee Cataluna’s name on a play is almost a guarantee of sold-out houses. These four collected plays illustrate some of the power of the body of Cataluna’s work through their commonalities: authentic language, memorable characters, effective plots, and strong narrative. Hear the playwright tell the stories behind these stories.





Moderator
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John Wat

Director
John Wat is a Honolulu  actor and director. He co-edited He Leo Hou: A New Voice-Hawaiian Playwrights (Bamboo Ridge #83) and recently wrote the introduction to Lee Cataluna’s new collection, Flowers of Hawaii and Other Plays (Bamboo Ridge #121). He taught theatre for many years... Read More →

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Lee Cataluna

Lee Cataluna’s play FLOWERS OF HAWAII has jolted audiences in Honolulu, LA, NYC and most recently at Chautauqua Institute. Her play HEART STRINGS is currently in production at Atlantic Theater, in NYC. She has written plays for La Jolla Playhouse, San Francisco Playhouse, Arena... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Where Does Hawai'i Writing Go from Here?
In 2018 Don Wallace, writing in Honolulu Magazine, made a list of the 50 Essential Hawai'i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime, after polling 100 authors, booksellers, reviewers, academics and critics. That story remains one of the magazine's most popular posts ever, with nearly 96,000 views. Don followed up this past August with Part II, an amplified list of 134 titles in 13 categories. That prompted the question Don put to three notable Hawai'i writers.

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Don Wallace

Don Wallace edits The Hawaii Review of Books (THROB), is contributing editor at Honolulu Magazine, received the Loretta Petrie award for outstanding service to Hawaiian literature in 2021, and is the author of Hot Water (fiction, Soho Press); One Great Game (nonfiction, Simon and... Read More →

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avatar for Donald Carreira Ching

Donald Carreira Ching

Donald Carreira Ching was born and raised in Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu. His poetry and fiction have appeared in publications such as Rio Grande Review, NonBinary Review, and Every Day Fiction. His debut novel, etween Sky and Sea: A Family's Struggle, was published by Bamboo Ridge Press... Read More →
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Kristiana Kahakauwila

Kristiana Kahakauwila is a kanaka maoli writer born and raised in California. Her first book, This Is Paradise: Stories (Hogarth 2013) takes as its heart the people and landscapes of contemporary Hawai‘i. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UH Mānoa and Faculty... Read More →
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Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney is the author of Midnight, Water City, book one of the Water City trilogy. It was named a Best Mystery of 2021 by Publisher's Weekly and a Best Speculative Mystery of 2021 by CrimeReads. Book two, Eventide, Water City, will be released summer of 2023. He has written... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Saturday, October 22
 

12:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Keiki - Mr. Steve aka Steve Songs
Steve Roslonek aka Steve Songs, or as Mr. Steve, has been a regular SRO attraction of the HBMF Keiki Stage. A co-host of PBS KIDS, Steve has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for 25 years, blending participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies. Steve has delighted audiences throughout the country as such prestigious venues as The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, Fenway Park in Boston, Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA and the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C. Anyone who's attended a Steve Songs concert appreciates Steve's ability to connect with his audience - from the exuberant children flocking toward the stage, to the moms bouncing babies to the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along. It's no wonder he's been called a modern day Pied Piper!

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Steve Songs

Steve Roslonek aka Steve Songs, or as Mr. Steve, co-host of PBS KIDS, has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for 25 years. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called "not just a... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm HST
virtual

2:00pm HST

Keiki - Jeff Gere, Storyteller
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Jeff Gere

Jeff Gere is one of Hawai`i’s most popular storytellers. He blends talents as a painter, puppeteer, and mime into a performance style that has electrified audiences of every age across Hawaii and internationally for three decades. Jeff’s physical energy, wide range of voices... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Keiki Day - Graham Salisbury in Conversation with James Rumford
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Graham Salisbury

Graham Salisbury grew up in the Hawaiian Islands, where his family has lived since 1820. He graduated with honors from California State University, Northridge, and received a master of fine arts degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he was a member of the founding faculty... Read More →
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James Rumford

James Rumford has written and illustrated over 25 books, published nationally and internationally. He began painting in oils in 2014 and has since covered the walls of his house with seascapes. Recently he has enjoyed translating well-known books such as Tom Sawyer, Siddhartha, The... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Sunday, October 23
 

4:00pm HST

Author - Going Under: Kidnapping, Murder, and A Life Undercover
John Madinger is a retired Treasury agent, narcotics and money laundering expert, and award-winning author of mystery and detective fiction, true crime, and history. He’s the author of Pipe Dreams: The Dark Secret Behind Hawai‘i’s Most Notorious Crime—the most plausible explanation of the Massie case.

What’s it like to work undercover? You’re a sheepdog in wolf’s clothing, running with the pack, and Madinger ran with the wolves for almost two decades. In his memoir, Going Under, he gives a unique look at American crime and the War on Drugs" from the perspective of both cops and criminals. You’ll go with the undercover cops to meetings with street-corner hustlers and rip-off artists and into the lives of America’s biggest rock stars, the world’s richest man, an Academy Award-winning actor, the marijuana traffickers conspiring to assassinate a federal judge, and the President of the United States.

Raised in Manoa, Madinger is a graduate of Punahou School and has a master’s degree in History from the University of Hawai‘i. He currently lives on the mainland but hopes to come home.


Moderator
avatar for Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

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John Madinger

John Madinger is a retired Treasury agent, narcotics and money laundering expert, and award-winningauthor of mystery and detective fiction, true crime, and history. Raised in Manoa, he’s a graduate ofPunahou School and has a master’s degree in History from the University of Hawai‘i... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Authors - Lee A.Tonouchi, Chiburu Anthology of Hawai‘i Okinawan Literature - Fiction/Poetry/Drama Readings
“Innovative, daring, fun! Seeking what it means to be Okinawan in Hawai‘i, a new generation of poets, writers, and artists struggle to radically expand and create new images and narratives about their sense of identity. While inheriting traditions from the homeland and embracing memories of their ancestors in Hawai‘i, the works collected in this book shatter ethnic stereotypes and boldly synthesize languages, music, and dance to open up a new diasporic literary world for readers, Okinawans and non-Okinawans alike.” -- Katsunori Yamazato

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avatar for Janine Oshiro

Janine Oshiro

Janine Oshiro is a massage therapist and writer. She is the author of Pier, winner of the 2010 Kundiman Poetry Prize, published by Alice James Books. She has been awarded the 2011 Elliot Cades Award for Literature in Hawaiʻi for an emerging writer and the 2013 Asian American Literary... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Nakanishi

Ashley Nakanishi

Ashley Nakanishi is a local educator, artist and author. When she's not working with at risk youth, you can catch her at her small ranch, fostering injured animals, working on her garden and playing a part in a world of magic created by her children.
avatar for Jeffrey J. Higa

Jeffrey J. Higa

Jeffrey Higa is the author of Calabash Stories. He is the great-grandson of Okinawan immigrants who came to Hawai'i to work on the sugar plantations and inherited their stories and love of their adopted land. As a fiction writer, essayist, and playwright his stories have appeared... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Ufugusuku Ing

Brandon Ufugusuku Ing

Brandon Ufugusuku Ing is half-Okinawan, half-Chinese. 2001 Castle grad. In 2009 he got a 1-year scholarship from the Okinawan government to get in touch with his Okinawan roots through traditional Ryukyuan performing arts at the Okinawa Prefectural Arts University. He made friends... Read More →
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Lee A. Tonouchi

Lee A. Tonouchi stay one Okinawan yonsei living in Hawai‘i known for writing in Hawai‘i Creole English. His poetry collection Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai'i Okinawan Journal won da 2013 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Tuesday, October 25
 

12:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Wellness –Mind in the Making: Applying the Science of Learning to Fundamental Life Skills
How do we keep the fire for learning -- that every child is born with— lighting up the eyes of children? To answer the question, Ellen Galinsky reviewed more than 2,000 studies and conducted in-depth interviews with and filmed more than 130 leading researchers who study children’s development and learning. From what she learned, Ellen developed a framework of the 7 Essential Life Skills, published in her groundbreaking book, Mind in the Making. The work grew into MITM, a national movement to share scientifically-based research and strategies for promoting Life Skills, reaching millions of people in communities across the country.

Ellen Galinsky--already the go-to person on interaction between families and the workplace - draws on fresh reasearch to explain what we ought to be teaching our children. This is must-reading for everyone who cares about America's fate in the 21st century. - Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, The PBS NewsHour.

Produced for the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Better Tomorrow Speaker Series.

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avatar for Ellen M. Galinsky

Ellen M. Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky is the president of Families and Work Institute. She’s conducted research on child-care, parent-professional relationship, parental development, work-family issues and youth voice for the past four decades. She’s the author of the best-selling The Six Stages of... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm HST
virtual

4:00pm HST

Wellness - The Epidemic of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Teenagers
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, growing numbers of young people were experiencing high rates of clinical-level anxiety. About 11.6% of kids had anxiety in 2012, up 20% from 2007. But during the pandemic, those numbers nearly doubled, with ,more than 20% of youth struggling with anxiety symptoms. Besides COVID-related stressors like social isolation, missed milestones, and increased family tension, background stressors such as school shootings, political unrest, and the war in Ukraine have likely fueled these increases. These soaring numbers are clashing with a major crisis in mental health provision, and most children and teens with anxiety disorders are not getting the help they need.

Moderator
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Maya Soetero-Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng serves as a consultant to the Obama Foundation, working develop programming in the Asia Pacific region. She was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at UH Mānoa, and taught Leadership for Social Change, History of Peace Movements... Read More →

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avatar for Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D

Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D

Allana Wade Coffee, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the Co-Founder of Honolulu Psychology Collective LLC, a mental health group practice. Dr. Coffee earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, 2004, and her re-specialization certificate in clinical psychology... Read More →
avatar for Anthony P. Guerrero, MD

Anthony P. Guerrero, MD

Anthony P. Guerrero, M.D. is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine, where he completed school and residency training in general pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent... Read More →
avatar for Chayanin Jing Foongsathaporn, M.D.

Chayanin Jing Foongsathaporn, M.D.

Dr. Foongsathaporn received her medical degree from Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Medicine, Thailand.  She attended residency at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine and completed her Child and Adolescent fellowship at Tufts Medical Center and... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual
 
Wednesday, October 26
 

4:00pm HST

Wellness - Red Hill--The Medical Risks and Legal Implications
The focus on the Red Hill crisis has been on the temporizing US Navy's response and the threat to O'ahu's drinking water. But there will be a much longer-lasting medical crisis, and attendant legal liability. The area's State Representative, the City's Board of Water Supply Chief Engineer, a prominent Honolulu doctor and attorney look at the potential outcomes for the water supply and the victims.



Moderator
avatar for Ira Zunin

Ira Zunin

Dr. Ira Zunin earned his MD from UCLA, with a residency in Preventive Medicine, and a MPH. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Zunin has studied Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a member of the Hawai’i... Read More →

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avatar for Sonny Ganaden

Sonny Ganaden

Ernesto "Sonny" Ganaden received his degree in Political Science and Public Policy from UCLA In 2006,and his JD degree from UH Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law. As an attorney, Ganadendefended the rights of Native Hawaiian elders who were arrested for protesting the construction... Read More →
avatar for Lyle  S. Hosoda

Lyle S. Hosoda

Lyle S. Hosoda, CEO of Lyle S. Hosada & Associates in Honolulu, graduated from the University ofSanta Clara, and was awarded his JD in 1985 by the UH Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.He specializes in Personal Injury, Commercial and Construction litigation. Lyle Hosoda was... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Lau

Ernie Lau

Ernest Y. W. Lau, PE, is the tenth manager and chief engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the BWS, with a focus on furthering the department's mission to provide a safe, dependable, and affordable water... Read More →


Wednesday October 26, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Sustainability -Unlocking the Extraodinary Potential of Hawai‘i’s Other Aquaculture
Shellfish and seaweed aquaculture are potent forms of restorative aquaculture, requiring minimal feed, freshwater or land. They can improve water quality, remove excess nutrients from their immediate environments, mitigate climate change and provide new habitats – creating healthier ecosystems for marine life, while also providing new opportunities for economic development.

Moderator
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Brittany Lyte

Brittany Lyte is a reporter for Honolulu Civil Beat who specializes in watchdog reporting, narrative storytelling and coverage of neighbor island and social issues. Prior to joining Civil Beat, she juggled a freelance writing career and appeared in publications including The Wall... Read More →

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avatar for Dylan Howell

Dylan Howell

Dylan Howell is the operations & development manager for Hatch Blue’s branch in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i. He supports Hatch’s innovation endeavors in the Americas, 39 portfolio firms, corporate clients and community affiliates with market and business insights on technical intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Todd Low

Todd Low

Todd Low is the Manager of the Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services Branch in the Animal Industry Division of the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture. He previously held the Manager position at the Aquaculture Development Program (2008-2012) and Market Development Program... Read More →


Wednesday October 26, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Thursday, October 27
 

4:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Innovation - Noam Chomsky and Jeffrey Watumull - Life, Information, Language, Intelligence
What is Life? What is Intelligence? These questions animated ancient philosophy, and in our time reanimate philosophic and scientific creativity to discover their answers in the modern context of astrobiology, artificial life, and artificial intelligence: Are we alone? Can machines think? Chomsky and Watumull present four fundamental conjectures contending that these questions can be answered in a grand unified explanatory theory.

Speakers
avatar for Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Regarded as the founder of modern linguistics and philosophy, Dr. Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history, whose more than 100 groundbreaking books have revolutionized our understanding of language and the mind. The impact of his work extends to cognitive neuroscience... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Watumull

Jeffrey Watumull

Dr. Jeffrey Watumull is Chief Philosophy Officer and Director of AI at Oceanit, where he endeavors to create human-style AI and discover whether its principles obtain in extralinguistic domains (e.g., physics biology). He is also an affiliated professor at the University of Cambridge... Read More →


Thursday October 27, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Innovation - Why Do We Need Both Ground-Based and Space Telescopes?
Astronomers have successfully launched the James Webb Space Telescope, while ground-based observatories like Keck on Maunakea and the VLT in Chile continue to operate, and even larger ones are planned or under construction. Three astronomers explore what these diverse observatories do, how they work together, and why astronomers need telescopes both on the ground and in space.



Moderator
avatar for Roy Gal

Roy Gal

Dr. Roy Gal is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy, where heoversees their outreach program and media relations, teaches, and conducts research. He received hisBA in Astronomy from Columbia University and PhD from Caltech. His research focuses... Read More →

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avatar for Tom Greene

Tom Greene

Tom Greene is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he conducts observationalstudies of young stars and exoplanets. Before joining NASA, he was a staff scientist at the LockheedMartin Advanced Technology Center, on the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i, and... Read More →
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John O'Meara

John O’Meara is Deputy Director and Chief Scientist of the W.M. Keck Observatory. An experiencedresearch astrophysicist using ground and space-based facilities in UV, optical, and infrared observation,he is the primary scientific liaison between the Observatory and its scientific... Read More →


Thursday October 27, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Friday, October 28
 

4:00pm HST

Author - Jane Marshall Goodsill - Voices of Hawaii Vol 2
The stories in Voices of Hawai‘i — Volume II, told in first person by those who lived them, are unique to Hawai‘i, have universal appeal. They speak about the human condition, obstacles overcome, resilience and adaptability, perseverance and compassion, that resonate with us all, regardless of our circumstances.  – Scott Hibbard.

Moderator
avatar for Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

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avatar for Jane Marshall Goodsill

Jane Marshall Goodsill

Author and historian Jane Marshall Goodsill was born and raised on O‘ahu. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she listened to thousands of hours of personal stories. After retirement she served for ten years on her county’s historical commission. Her first book, Voices of Hawai‘i... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Author - Mindy Pennybacker - Surfing Sisterhood Hawai‘i
In Surfing Sisterhood Hawai‘i, Mindy Pennybacker explores women’s surfing in Hawaiian history, legend, and interviews with contemporaries who describe the joy and freedom waveriding brings them, despite gender discrimination in male-dominated lineups. Now a groundswell of sisterly power and solidarity is renewing he‘e nalu as a spiritual, environmentally responsible practice and truly fun sport.



Moderator
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Catherine Toth Fox

Born and raised on Oʻahu, Catherine Toth Fox is a Honolulu-based editor, writer, blogger, podcaster and former journalism instructor. When she’s not surfing or eating, she is currently the editor at large for HAWAI'I Magazine, edtor of Hawai 'i Farm & Food, and a columnist for... Read More →

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Mindy Pennybacker

Honolulu native Mindy Pennybacker is a surfing columnist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Surfer’s Journal, The Nation, The New York Times, The Green Guide, Sierra, Honolulu Weekly and The Village Voice.She is the author of “Do One Green... Read More →


Friday October 28, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
virtual
 
Saturday, October 29
 

2:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Author - Vanessa R. Sasson Yasodhara and the Buddha
Combining the spirit of fiction with the fabulism of Indian mythology and in-depth academic research, Vanessa R. Sasson shares the evocative story of the Buddha from the perspective of a forgotten woman, the woman the Buddha left behind: Yasodhara, the Buddha's wife.

Sponsored by BDK Foundation

Moderator
avatar for George Tanabe

George Tanabe

George Tanabe, Moderator, is Emeritus professor of religion and past Chair of the Religion Department at UH Manoa. Dr. Tanabe is President of BDK Hawai'i and BDK America (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai, the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism). It's mission is to translate all of the Buddhist... Read More →

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avatar for Vanessa Sasson

Vanessa Sasson

Vanessa R. Sasson is a professor of Religious Studies at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Canada; she is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and Member of the Center for South Asia Research (CERIAS) at UQAM (She is the author of... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm HST
virtual

4:00pm HST

Author - Tom Coffman - How Social Work Changed Hawaii: From Practice to Social Justice
Social work typically is not understood as a profession possessing a history, let alone making history. Yet it has, and it does. How Social Work Changed Hawai‘i presents eight change makers and offers a framework for the transformative role of social work—and social justice—in the Aloha State.



Moderator
avatar for Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler taught social work, public administration, and public policy at the UH for 40 years, and served as the Director of Human Services under Governor Cayetano. She is on the Board at EPIC, `Ohana, Inc., and now on Cape Cod is co-chair and Certified Mentor at SCORE, board... Read More →

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avatar for Tom Coffman

Tom Coffman

Tom Coffman’s work in book and documentary film focuses on the social and political development of Hawai‘i. He was chief political reporter of the Honolulu Star Bulletin (1968-73) and since then has been an independent writer and producer. He is the recipient of the State of Hawaiʻi’s... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Morse

Stephen Morse

Stephen Morse was born and raised on O`ahu. Educated at Maryknoll, the Kamehameha Schools, Beloit College (BA), Beloit, Wisconsin, and the University of Hawai`i School of Social Work (Masters in Social Work). He has spent 50 years advocating for social and economic justice for Native... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Author - Bamboo Ridge # 122 Snaring New Suns: Speculative Works from Hawai’i and Beyond
The premise of Bamboo Ridge # 122 is that science fiction and fantasy in the 2oth century was branded as “escapist,” but in the 21stcentury it has become clear that speculative art can be a tool for helping us navigate our way to better futures. The editors of Snaring New Suns received over 100 submissions to their call for speculative fiction from the Pacific and Oceania. 60 made the cut. A few of the best are presented here.

Moderator
avatar for Tom Gammarino

Tom Gammarino

Tom Gammarino's most recent speculative novel is King of the Worlds. Recent shorter works have appeared, or will soon appear, in Interzone, SFS Stories, Kaleidotrope, and Tahoma Literary Review, among others. He has a PhD in English from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and currently... Read More →

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avatar for Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator. A Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he is the author of Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons; editor of the... Read More →
avatar for Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong is a self-taught cartoonist, illustrator, and writer of Hawaiian, Chinese, Mexican, Native American and European ancestries. Through prose, illustration, and comics, she engages with visceral futurities and fantasies through a radical, kaleidoscopic lens, the extrapolation... Read More →
avatar for Kalani Padilla

Kalani Padilla

Kalani (she/they) Padilla is a Filipino-American, kama’aina poet from Mililani. Kalani is a Whitworth alumna of English (B.A.) and Theology, and currently tends home in Missoula, Montana.  Kalani is the recipient of the Hugo Fellowship at the University of Montana, the 2022 Madeline... Read More →
avatar for Yasmine Romero

Yasmine Romero

Yasmine Romero is an Associate Professor of English at UH West O’ahu. Her forthcoming book, Moving Across Whirlpools: Intersectionality in the Language and Writing Classroom, combines her research interests in intersectionality, critical narrative studies, and translingualism. Currently... Read More →
avatar for Don Wallace

Don Wallace

Don Wallace edits The Hawaii Review of Books (THROB), is contributing editor at Honolulu Magazine, received the Loretta Petrie award for outstanding service to Hawaiian literature in 2021, and is the author of Hot Water (fiction, Soho Press); One Great Game (nonfiction, Simon and... Read More →


Saturday October 29, 2022 6:00pm - 7:15pm HST
virtual
 
Sunday, October 30
 

2:00pm HST

*Special Presentation: Author - G. Thomas Couser In Conversation with Craig Howes
Memoirs now rival fiction in popularity, and Covid Pandemic has seen a surge in many forms of memoir writing. Two life-writing experts discuss the evolution of the genre.

Moderator
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Paige Rasmussen

Paige Rasmussen is the Managing Editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and the Center for Biographical Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has degrees in comparative literature and Russian, and has worked variously as an editor, translator, writer... Read More →

Speakers
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G. Thomas Couser

G. Thomas Couser has a doctorate in American Civilization from Brown University (1977). He taught at Connecticut College, then at Hofstra University, where he founded a Disability Studies Program and directed it until his retirement in 2011. In 2021 he joined the faculty of the Narrative... Read More →
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Craig Howes

Craig Howes is the Director of the Center for Biographical Research, the co-editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and a Professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The co-editor of Teaching Lifewriting Texts (MLA 2007), The Value of Hawaiʻi (2010... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm HST
virtual

4:00pm HST

Memoir Authors Talk Story
Published memoirists describe their original vision, their plan, their challenges, and how they assess their resulting memoirs.
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Moderator
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Roger Jellinek

Roger Jellinek has been Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival since 2006. A graduate of Cambridge University, and a Mellon Fellow at Yale University, he has been involved in book publishing in New York and Hawaii as a journalist, editor, publisher and literary... Read More →

Speakers
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Vicky Heldreich Durand

Vicky Heldreich Durand graduated from Punahou High School spent her formative years in Hawaii as a young surfer—winning, in 1957, The Makaha International Surfing Championship. Wave Woman is her first book, and it is a biography of her mother, a renaissance woman who believed in... Read More →
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Sydney laukea

Sydney Lehua laukea is a Native Hawaiian educator who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Hawaiʻi Politics. Sydney was the Hawaiian Studies program manager for the Department of Education and currently works at Kamehameha Schools, Hawaiʻi, as a Senior Design... Read More →
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Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of three collections of poetry including Cutlish which was awarded the Eric Hoffer Medal Provocateur, longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Books Award. His memoir Antiman won the Forward Indies Award... Read More →
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Don Wallace

Don Wallace edits The Hawaii Review of Books (THROB), is contributing editor at Honolulu Magazine, received the Loretta Petrie award for outstanding service to Hawaiian literature in 2021, and is the author of Hot Water (fiction, Soho Press); One Great Game (nonfiction, Simon and... Read More →
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John Walters

John G. Walters (“Waltah Boy”) grew up on sugar plantations on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. John graduated from Ka‘ū High School and earned a Master of Social Work degree from UH Hawai‘i. He retired after 25 years with the State of Hawai‘i. He has also worked as a supermarket... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
virtual

6:00pm HST

Memoir - Researching, Writing, Editing, and Publishing Your Memoir
This session is for writers who are thinking about (or already in the process of) telling the true stories of their lives. We’ll look at the “why” beyond your memoir (your purpose and ambition), explore different types of memoir forms available, and how/when we need permission when writing about other people who may appear in our work. We’ll discuss four key areas: writing, editing, publishing, and promotion, as well as setting personal expectations. The memoir is a personal journey as much as a writing one, and understanding how the two work together will help you cross the finish line with your book.

Speakers
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Darien Hsu Gee

Darien Hsu Gee is the author of five novels published by Penguin Random House that have been translated into eleven languages. Her collection of micro essays, Allegiance, received the 2021 Bronze IPPY award in the Essays category. She received a 2019 Poetry Society of America’s... Read More →


Sunday October 30, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST
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