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2019.09.16 04:13 PM

A New Book Tells the Story of Hawai‘i Humorist Rap Reiplinger

The book shines a light on the man behind the laughs through untold stories of his success and struggles, as well as news that state officials reopened an investigation into his mysterious death.
2019.08.02 05:30 PM

Paniolo Pandemonium: The Untold History of Hawai‘i’s Cowboys in “Aloha Rodeo”

Island rodeos give local heroes a chance to rope, wrassle and get bucked into the dirt. A new book and summer events honor the spirit of the three paniolo who took on the world’s best in 1908 and won.
2019.06.17 04:29 PM

Maui-Raised Alana Kysar Shines a Spotlight on Local Hawai‘i Food in Her New Cookbook

Cook the book.
2019.06.11 04:21 PM

Book-Lovers All Over America Can’t Get Enough of Hawai‘i’s New Genre Writers

These aren’t your grandmother’s romances, kid sister’s sword-and-buckler fantasies or Michener middlebrows.
2019.04.01 06:09 PM

Check Out The ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i Versions of “Harry Potter” and Other Literary Classics

Fans of the “Harry Potter” series can now read the first book in Hawaiian (with more to come!).
2018.12.18 06:31 PM

50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Need something to read—or hand to someone who does? Here’s HONOLULU’s first-ever list of the most iconic, trenchant and irresistible Island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.
2018.05.23 05:40 PM

Roll of Honor: The Next 37 Titles on Our List of 50 Essential Hawai‘i Books

The voting was close enough we’re recognizing books that just missed making the list, as well as plays and guidebooks that our judges suggested. More to read this summer—and all year.
2018.05.23 05:35 PM

The Fine Print: How We Chose the 50 Essential Hawai‘i Books

What defines greatness? What matters most to us today? What will people actually (really) read? Those were some of the questions we faced while winnowing HONOLULU’s first-ever list of books every Islander should know, if not own.
2018.05.23 05:31 PM

Having Our Say: Two Gen X Writers on Their Essential Hawai‘i Books

Acclaimed poet Christy Passion and Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of short stories and a forthcoming novel, celebrate their literary communities and personal favorites.
2018.05.23 05:31 PM

This Local Book Helps Children Deal With Absent Parents

A new book by a successful banker who abandoned her family for drugs could prove useful to young children who’ve been left behind, whatever the reason.
2018.04.12 08:55 AM

Meet the 96-Year-Old Author Sharing the Untold Stories of Japanese Picture Brides

After 35-plus years as a dressmaker, author Barbara Kawakami went back to school, earned a college degree and published her first book—about plantation clothing—at age 53, followed by the award-winning “Picture Bride Stories” last year.
2017.12.13 08:55 AM