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  • Talk Story with Author Sam Low

    sam low author photoEarlier this summer, I picked up a newly-published book and couldn’t finish it. Not because it wasn’t a good story but precisely because it was a good story--and I kept giving away my copy. After purchasing three copies, I finally managed to keep one long enough to finish reading the entire book. That book was Hawaiki Rising by Sam Low, and as I do with most Hawaii authors whose books I read—and like—I reached to Sam to talk about his book and, hopefully, learn a few trade secrets in the process.

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  • October in Photos

    Destination: Maui

    keanae sign on road to hanaIn October, I became a full-fledged breadfruit fanatic. I mean, who wouldn’t, after tasting John Cadman’s dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, a.k.a. guilt-free, lilikoi `ulu pie. I also discovered an appreciation for beer. Or, at least, the Maui Brewing Co., because of their commitment to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. And I sampled some of Maui’s famous banana bread at Julia’s in Kahakuloa. But, alas, I arrived too late to determine whether I liked Julia’s better than Aunty Sandy’s in Keanae along the Road to Hana. Of course, that just means I’ll have to go back;-)

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  • September in Photos

    ansel adams islands of hawaii sitting on table in libraryThe Kapaa Public Library on Kauai’s East Side is made of concrete block walls and a tin roof. It’s comprised of one L-shaped room the size of a basketball court divided into areas using bookshelves as walls. The building itself may not be as inspiring as my childhood one, but I still love the Kapaa Public Library. 

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  • My Friend Connie Hale Writes about Her Love Affair with Hawaii's Many Tongues

    author photo of constance A few years ago, I met a fellow writer, Constance Hale, at a press function, events I usually shy away from, because I’m much more comfortable meeting people on a hiking trail or at a local coffee shop than in more formal settings.

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  • Hokulea: Raising Islands and Stories out of the Sea

    Destination: Kauai

    Hokulea in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Photo by Kim Steutermann RogersThere are some writing assignments that are just too big to tackle. It’s little like that giant Hula Pie served at Duke’s Canoe Club. Where do you plunge the first spoonful? Do I go for the whipped cream? The macadamia nut ice cream? What about chocolate cookie crust? And one person cannot be expected to complete the whole thing before it melts, no matter how ravenous. At least, I can’t, and I’ve tried. That’s how I feel when I think about writing about Hokulea.

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