18 Hawaii Books to Read This Summer

Our guide to new and notable books from local authors and publishers.


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On Lisa Linn Kanae’s Summer List

Local Story: The Massie- Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History

by John P. Rosa


by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Saw her TED Talk ‘The Danger of a Single Story,’ and I was intrigued by her message, especially since I teach literature.”

The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

“She has to be one of my favorite writers.”

On Kaui Hart Hemmings’ Summer List

Astonish Me

by Maggie Shipstead

“Since I liked her first novel.”

Cutting Teeth

by Julia Fierro

“I love reading debut fiction. … Cutting Teeth seems perfect for summer.”


“I’ll be reading young-adult novels since that’s what I’m working on.”

On Lee Cataluna’s Summer List

An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska

by John Green

“I try to keep up with what the students are reading. … Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars was terrific.”

An Invisible Sign of My Own

by Aimee Bender

“She’s like a rock-star author. At the LA Times book fair, people were lined up around the block to get into the theater where she was speaking.”

Candle in Her Room

by Ruth Arthur

“This is the book that scared the heck out of all the girls of my generation. I remember being so terrified while reading it that I couldn’t sleep.  Still, I couldn’t put it down.”

On Mark Panek’s Summer List

The Red-headed Hawaiian

by Chris McKinney and Rudy Puana

“I’ve read The Red-headed Hawaiian in draft form and thought it would wind up being the most important book Chris McKinney ever writes.”

Rereading Melal

by Robert Barclay

“I expect to use it in a class I’m teaching this fall.”

The Value of Hawaii 2

edited by Aiko

Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua.


Looking for more books to read? Find out what the HONOLULU Magazine staff is reading this summer.

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