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Historical Novel – ‘Terrorism in Paradise’

Excerpts from Bill Fernandez’s Latest Book Introduction: In the 1920s, when Hawai‘i’s imported plantation workers began striking for living wages and decent living conditions in their camps, the plantation managers responded with violence, including the use of guns. “Terrorism in Paradise” by Kaua‘i native Bill Fernandez is a historical novel set in the Islands during....
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Book Review – “The Roads to Sata”

A Conflicted Journey in the Author’s Adoptive Home Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1977, British writer Alan Booth decided to walk the length of Japan stretching from Cape Soya on the northern tip of Hokkaidö to Cape Sata on the southern rim of Kyüshü. Thirty-one years old at the time, Booth had....
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Spotlight – “American Postcards” Tells Hawaii’s Picture Bride Stories

Invoke to Perform the Immigrant Women’s Moving Stories Set to Strings Karleen Chinen Inspiration is a fascinating animal. It can take off like wildfire, and where it will go is anyone’s guess. Just ask University of Hawai‘i music professor Takuma Itoh and Hawai‘i plantation era historian and author Barbara Kawakami. The opportunity to compose a....
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Dear Frances – Timeless Memories, Moving Memories

Frances Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist I am writing this column before I leave for Hawai‘i to give several talks on caregiving and to introduce my new book on Kapoho. To be honest, I’m feeling a bit burnt out after spending much of my last 20 years doing talks on the road. As fate would have....

Political History – The Gift of Author-Historian Tom Coffman

Pre-World War II AJA History Helped Coffman Understand Contemporary Hawai‘i Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Acclaimed Hawai‘i author and historian Tom Coffman realized what would become the signature theme for his writing in a surprisingly successful meeting more than thirty years ago in the koa-paneled office of Hawai‘i’s governor. The meeting was odd....
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Dear Frances – Bathing with Love

Frances Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Dear Readers, I’d like to introduce you to two male caregivers from my monthly support group in Sacramento. Bob first shared his “On Bathing Fran” two months ago. Then a month later, Ross responded to Bob’s poem with his “How to . . .” Their words speak volumes of who....
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Book Review – “The Blending”

The Story of a “Gutsy” Woman in a Changing Hawai‘i Karleen Chinen Commentary Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton have been making the rounds of the news and talk shows, promoting their new book from big-time New York publisher Simon & Schuster, “The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories....
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Book Launch: “Bamboo Ridge #115”

WHO/WHAT: Bamboo Ridge Press presents a book launch of its latest issue of “Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts.” The evening will feature a reading and talk story with a few authors...
Book cover titled 'Raced to Death in 1920's Hawaii' by Jonathan Y. Okamura

Book Review – “Raced to Death”, Analyzing the Myles Fukunaga Case

Franklin Ng Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Many people like to read murder mysteries. But, as Professor Jonathan Okamura of the University of Hawai‘i’s Ethnic Studies Department notes, a murder can reveal much about race relations in the Islands before World War II. In his newly published book from the University of Illinois Press, “Raced....
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Book Reviews – “Modern Japanese Short Stories”

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1962, Charles Tuttle of Tökyö published a remarkable anthology of Japanese short fiction that quickly became a much-beloved classic around the world. Edited by Ivan Morris of Columbia University, “Modern Japanese Short Stories” spotlighted 25 20th-century authors whose writing had blossomed between 1910 and 1954. Morris had....

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